Blackburn Superbike legend Carl Fogarty opens ski bar in Switzerland

Fogarty, second right, in the Alps with, from left, Lawrence Dallaglio, Christian Sarbache, James Blunt and Rob Sawyer.

Fogarty with the loo themed in his honour

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

FORMER World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty has opened an upmarket ski bar and restaurant with ex-England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio and pop star James Blunt.

The Blackburn-born biker and his famous friends opened the Swiss ski resort venture in Verbier with a star-studded reception.

The restaurant, called La Vache, has panoramic views of Val de Bagnes and Mont Blanc.

Paying tribute to it’s five-times champion owner, the restaurant features a namesake ‘Fogarty Pizza’.

And one of the toilets is even themed to feature Foggy on the starting grid.

The restaurant, at the top of the ‘James Blunt Ski Lift’, came about due to the trio’s love of skiing in Verbier, one of the world’s premiere ‘off-piste’ locations.

The trio joined mutual friend and businessman Rob Sawyer to open the new venture to special guests.

Carl said: “I have skied in Verbier lots of times so I had no hesitation when I was asked to get involved with this venture, especially with two guys who I really admire for what they have done in their chosen professions.

“It’s an amazing location with sensational views and the food is pretty awesome too.

“We had great fun over the opening weekend, but it was difficult for me and James to keep up in drinking with a man of the size of Lawrence Dallaglio!”

Legendary chef Heston Blumenthal was also present at the opening celebrations, as was Carl’s friend and co-star of their popular Foggy and Whit: Givin’ It Gas chat show tour, James Whitham.

The pair will be back on tour in the new year, appearing at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, on January 17 from 7.30pm Tickets are available now by calling the box office on 01254 685 500 .

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1:46pm Wed 19 Dec 12

R.I.P. Rovers says...

wow what a lovely place to have a bar
wow what a lovely place to have a bar R.I.P. Rovers
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8:04pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Fire Fly says...

God forbid he did anything to rejuvenate the restaurant trade in the town he grew up in & that's always supported him. As far as I can recall, he's never done anything for the town apart from pull out of opening local events when the planning committee refused his retrospective application. A celeb we don't need, he may live locally but he isn't true to his roots
God forbid he did anything to rejuvenate the restaurant trade in the town he grew up in & that's always supported him. As far as I can recall, he's never done anything for the town apart from pull out of opening local events when the planning committee refused his retrospective application. A celeb we don't need, he may live locally but he isn't true to his roots Fire Fly
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12:19am Thu 20 Dec 12

buzzinfly says...

Fire Fly wrote:
God forbid he did anything to rejuvenate the restaurant trade in the town he grew up in & that's always supported him. As far as I can recall, he's never done anything for the town apart from pull out of opening local events when the planning committee refused his retrospective application. A celeb we don't need, he may live locally but he isn't true to his roots
Maybe they just have less pound shops in Verbier. Mmmm where do I open my Business, Switzerland with its tourists and nightlife or Blackburn with, well
not a lot really.Although I heard James Blunt was up for it. Have you been round Blackburn at night, just drunks and tumbleweed. Why on earth should he open his business here? It would be financial suicide, as Margo found out. Loyalty doesnt come into setting up a business. Now if you had a choice between opening a restaurant overlooking Mnt Blanc or Blackburn Car Park which would you choose? My lift pass is already booked. I say good luck to him.
[quote][p][bold]Fire Fly[/bold] wrote: God forbid he did anything to rejuvenate the restaurant trade in the town he grew up in & that's always supported him. As far as I can recall, he's never done anything for the town apart from pull out of opening local events when the planning committee refused his retrospective application. A celeb we don't need, he may live locally but he isn't true to his roots[/p][/quote]Maybe they just have less pound shops in Verbier. Mmmm where do I open my Business, Switzerland with its tourists and nightlife or Blackburn with, well not a lot really.Although I heard James Blunt was up for it. Have you been round Blackburn at night, just drunks and tumbleweed. Why on earth should he open his business here? It would be financial suicide, as Margo found out. Loyalty doesnt come into setting up a business. Now if you had a choice between opening a restaurant overlooking Mnt Blanc or Blackburn Car Park which would you choose? My lift pass is already booked. I say good luck to him. buzzinfly
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9:31am Thu 20 Dec 12

S4AWX100 says...

Who cares !
Who cares ! S4AWX100
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