Scot Kirton, chef and owner of the iconic La Colombe restaurant group, is doing what few others in his position have dared to do: opening up two new fine dining restaurants in anticipation of a post-Covid return to "normal".

On Christmas Eve last year, Kirton opened the two — Pier and The Waterside — at the V&A Waterfront, which isn’t exactly a venue renowned for its fine dining. It means he now runs a group of seven restaurants...

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