A NEW restaurant is due to open in Saxon Square at the end of the month, with a focus on high quality local produce with a low carbon footprint.

Eat27, an artisan style restaurant offering food for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, is due to open on Friday October 30.

However, the two concepts that the restaurant will pride its on is its support for local businesses and its pick-your-own style menu option.

Owner Jordy, who is born and raise in the Christchurch area, said: “Our unique selling point is our dynamic dinner menu which takes a concept from an old-style Chinese restaurant.

“You have your bulk item which is your protein which could be tofu, salmon or steak, which are all locally sourced.

“You have your base which could be our super salad or dauphinoise potatoes, and then you have your bits which is your sides, so onion rings or chips or salad.

“There are six option in each column and there are thousands of combinations available. The idea behind this is that you will never get bored, it makes our lives easier and it means that we are not constantly trying to reinvent the wheel.”

Jordy, along with her business partner and award-winning head chef of the restaurant Alex, feel that, due to an increase in larger companies moving to the area, there is a gap in the market for an independent business which serves a wide variety of eating options.

The restaurant has also applied for an alcohol license as they aim to serve a full cocktail menu as well as a selection of wines, beers and ciders.

The owners of the restaurant are working closely with independent businesses to source the best of Dorset produce and help support small companies in the area.

“One of our founding principles is that we are trying to keep everyone as locally sourced as possible,” said Jordy.

She added: “We want to put into the local economy in the same way we take out of it and keep the money here in the local area.

“Our meats will be supplied by a locally butcher in New Milton who gets his meat from a farm in Teddington. The furthest we source from is the Isle of Wight.

“We could have gone to the big players and got what we needed to for a cheaper price but in doing that, you are paying into a faceless conglomerate organisation

“It is important, now so more than ever, to support small independent local businesses and minimise your carbon footprint as a company.”

The restaurant will also be available for takeaways via popular online food delivery company such as Deliveroo and Just Eat.

Eat 27 will be taking booking via their social media channels, as well as through a contact form on their website and over the phone.

Jordy admits that, ahead of the launch of the restaurant, she is both terrified and excited to get started and throw the doors open to the public.

She added: “Because I have been so busy, it doesn’t allow a lot of time to feel for the business but the closer we get to the launch, the excitement is building.

“I believe this is something that Christchurch has been crying out for, something dynamic, exciting and different for young people to go to.

“It is the town that my family have lived in for generations, so I am excited to give something back to the town where I grew up in.

“Right now, I would like to just get the doors open because, when we are open, we can let our food and business speak for itself.”