Jean-Christophe Novelli is to leave Auberge du Lac and The London Capital Club after failing to reach agreement over a new contract with owner Dieter Klostermann. A spokesman for Klostermann said: "The contract with Novelli ran its course. Both restaurants have been very successful, but his external commitments probably preclude him from carrying on." Novelli blamed "payment problems and failure to reach a mutually agreeable decision" over contract renewal. He said: "Sadly, I wish to announce that I will not be returning to Auberge du Lac as from 9 October, but would sincerely like to thank all my loyal staff, customers and club members for their patronage and hope to be able to offer them my hospitality in the future. "I did my best, and wish to offer Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall and The London Capital Club all my best wishes for the future."

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