Hampshire Living September 2021
Winchester’s celebrity hairdresser Guy Kremer celebrates his birthday at three-Michelin-starred Core by Clare Smyth, and discovers a new spot for more down to earth dining in the New Forest.

‘Clare is the only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK’ - Guy Kremer

Well, here I am at the end of my 60s. I don’t feel as if my next birthday will take me into my seventh decade – it’s a bit of a shock to the system! But I’m never one to stick my head in the sand, so I celebrated this birthday with the style I do every year!

I had a fabulous time in the salon. I was thoroughly spoilt by clients and friends and I went out for breakfast with the whole team to Greens in Winchester, which is a favourite spot for us. And then my friends treated me to dinner at Core by Clare Smyth in the heart of Notting Hill. What a treat. Clare is the only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK, and I had the privilege of meeting her in the kitchens.

We had my favourite Champagne and a selection of tasting plates, with lobster and foie gras, mushrooms – and even eels, which were delicious. Everything was perfection and the kitchens were absolutely pristine. It was the most incredible experience. It certainly helped ease the pain of getting another year older! Back to work, and I went to London for a fashion shoot for a national magazine.

The theme was colour blocking and bags – which is exactly the same as our new salon collection, which features beautifully designed clothes and bags from Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and more. I was delighted to see that the Guy Kremer salon is still ahead of the game!

We remain busy in the salon despite the difficulties of the current “pingdemic” – all our clients can be assured we are doing our best to maintain a safe environment for them. I also judged the first round of the British Hairdressing Awards, which was another reminder of the creativity in our industry.

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