Steven Doherty, the former head chef at Le Gavroche, has sold his Punch Bowl gastropub in Cumbria for around £600,000. The site was bought by the owners of a nearby pub-restaurant, the Drunken Duck. Paul Spencer, joint owner of the Drunken Duck, said that the property would be closed for three to four months for refurbishment. Doherty runs the in-store restaurant of Lakeland, the Windermere domestic kitchen equipment business. The company plans to expand its network of shops from 24 to 30 nationwide this year.

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