Dorset's only Michelin-starred restaurant Sienna to close

Sienna restaurant
Image caption The Sienna restaurant will close 12 years after it opened in April 2003

Dorset is to lose its only Michelin-starred restaurant after its owners decided to "look for a new opportunity" and not renew their lease.

The Sienna Restaurant, in Dorchester, will serve food for the last time on 25 April - 12 years after it opened.

Owners Russell and Eléna Brown said they had "come as far as we can with Sienna in its current guise".

The restaurant in High West Street received a Michelin star - catering's gold standard - in January 2010.

'The right time'

Image caption Russell Brown was given a Michelin star for the Sienna restaurant in 2010

Mr Brown said: "Our lease comes to the end in May and, after careful consideration, Eléna and I have decided that it is time to look for a new opportunity and therefore won't be renewing.

"Getting a Michelin star in 2010 was a huge turning point and I know it may seem odd that we are making this announcement.

"However, I genuinely feel we have come as far as we can with Sienna in its current guise."

He added that a break in the lease was the "right time" to move on.

Mr Brown said he hoped to host a new website which would include a blog, consultancy and cookery teaching.

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