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Truly tasteful homes! House buyers tempted with swish on-site restaurants like this Buckinghamshire venture of top chef Michel Roux

When legendary French chef, Michel Roux, 76, announced he and his son, Alain, were opening a new restaurant, it caused a ripple of excitement among foodies.

But Roux at Skindles, as it will be known, will be very different from the family’s signature three-Michelin-starred establishment, The Waterside Inn, at Bray in Berkshire.

For a start, the restaurant is within the site of a new residential development, Taplow Riverside, being built by Berkeley.

Top chefs: Alain, left, and Michel Roux

Top chefs: Alain, left, and Michel Roux

The scheme on the bank of the Thames near the village of Taplow in Buckinghamshire, will mark the first time Michel Roux has been associated with a residential project.

‘I knew the location. It’s a beautiful part of the world and will be a superb development and wonderful for the community,’ he says.

Roux at Skindles is in an enviable waterfront spot and will offer a dining room and bar. It is named after a famous hotel that stood on the site and, in its heyday, was visited by Princess Margaret, Winston Churchill and The Rolling Stones.

It’s the latest example of a shift towards combining residential sites with restaurants. Developers are increasingly seeing fine dining as a means to attract not just buyers but higher-spending visitors. ‘A quality restaurant brings a valuable element to the perception of a new development,’ says Andrew Saunders-Davies, director of Berkeley. ‘It offers residents a lifestyle choice.’

The residential aspect of Taplow Riverside comprises 139 homes in 17 hectares of land between the Thames and Jubilee rivers. Properties come in a mix of new-build houses, apartments and renovated heritage buildings.

Roux at Skindles is within the site of new residential development Taplow Riverside (pictured)

Roux at Skindles is within the site of new residential development Taplow Riverside (pictured)

Prices for a two-bedroom flat start at £650,000, and five-bedroom houses from £1.85million. The prime properties are the four-bedroom, waterfront villas, priced from £2.25million.

City centre mixed-use projects often stray towards the chains when it comes to dining, but, with foodie culture on the rise, some developers are trying to keep things independent.

City & Country specialises in conversions of heritage buildings and has three locally owned establishments at its Bristol site, The General, a former hospital (city andcountry.co.uk).

Michelin-starred Italian, Casamia, first opened in nearby Westbury-on-Trym, but moved into The General last year. Also on the premises is a tapas restaurant and pizzeria. ‘The restaurants have put The General and the area on the map, not only as the smart new address in Bristol, but also as an exciting food destination,’ says Helen Moore, of City & Country. ‘A Michelin-recognised name like Casamia has a certain cachet.’

Conversion properties at The General, which is Grade II-listed, start from £525,000 for two bedrooms, with a limited number of new-build apartments priced from £745,000 for three bedrooms.

ON THE MARKET… with restaurants

in Suffolk: The old boatyard at Woodbridge has been transformed into Deben Wharf with shops, a museum and 15 two to three-bedroom homes. The Chandlery will offer a bar and restaurant. From £375,000 Savills.co.uk, 01473 234 800.

in Suffolk: The old boatyard at Woodbridge has been transformed into Deben Wharf with shops, a museum and 15 two to three-bedroom homes. The Chandlery will offer a bar and restaurant. From £375,000 Savills.co.uk, 01473 234 800.

In London: Overlooking Tower Bridge, One Tower Bridge offers one to three-bedroom apartments. Restaurants include the Ivy brasserie; The Coal Shed and Rosa’s Thai Café. From £1.45million, Berkeleygroup.co.uk, 020 3627 0564.

In London: Overlooking Tower Bridge, One Tower Bridge offers one to three-bedroom apartments. Restaurants include the Ivy brasserie; The Coal Shed and Rosa’s Thai Café. From £1.45million, Berkeleygroup.co.uk, 020 3627 0564.

In Edinburgh: New Waverley, a large regeneration between the Royal Mile and Waverley Station, will deliver up to 244 apartments, as well as shops, offices, four hotels, bars and restaurants. £TBA. Newwaverley.com, 0131 220 4160.

In Edinburgh: New Waverley, a large regeneration between the Royal Mile and Waverley Station, will deliver up to 244 apartments, as well as shops, offices, four hotels, bars and restaurants. £TBA. Newwaverley.com, 0131 220 4160.

Similarly, when The Wykeland Group designed the masterplan of the renovated Fruit Market in Hull, it made a conscious decision to invite local restaurateurs to apply for spaces there.

The development on Hull’s waterfront, will have 101 homes plus restaurants, shops and workspaces.

‘We’re trying to create an urban village,’ says Dominic Gibbons, of Wykeland. ‘We wanted to achieve a different atmosphere. So, we targeted independent, regional restaurants.’

Dining options include a gourmet tapas restaurant, a bistro and fine dining Indian restaurant Tapasya. Other offerings are an artisan chocolatier and patisserie, and Yorkshire’s first gin bar and distillery.

The mix of apartments and townhouses is being sold through Beal Homes (beal-homes.co.uk).

A further 14 apartments are also available in converted character buildings with ten more in the pipeline. There is room for another 80 new homes on an adjacent site.

‘It’s all about making the development a place people want to be,’ says Gibbons.

 

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