Former BBC MasterChef finalist Tony Rodd has let the entirety of 5 Lee Street in Blackheath, south London, from Italian chain Strada to launch new concept restaurant Copper & Ink.

Tony Rodd Masterchef

Tony Rodd was famous on Masterchef as the ‘mustachioed master chocolatier’

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Rodd, a finalist in the TV cooking contest in 2015 and a former architect recruiter, has let a 2,113 sq ft space in Lee Street for £55,000 pa.

The new concept restaurant follows the growth of Rodd’s private dining service Well Dressed Plates and Rodd has recruited fellow former MasterChef contestant Robert Parks as head chef for the Blackheath restaurant which takes the place of the Italian chain at the site.

Copper & Ink, has been founded by Rodd alongside owner Becky Cummings, will be an “ingredient-led modern British restaurant” offering monthly changing à la carte menu and tasting options.

Colliers International advised Strada on the letting.

Rachel Stern from the UK leisure agency team at Colliers International, said: “Despite the widely publicised downturn in the casual dining sector, village locations such as Blackheath remain in high demand by independent boutiques and artisan eateries. Blackheath is an ideal location for a new, start-up restaurant – we were impressed by the pair’s business concept and believe it will be a great success.”