Visit London Blog » michel roux jr Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Bar and Restaurant News: Holborn Dining Room, London House, Villandry and Bianco43 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:00:01 +0000 There are a number of new bars and restaurants that have recently opened in London.

Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen at the new Rosewood London hotel offers classic British cuisine in a historic setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. The Head Chefs have both previously worked at Quaglino’s, Le Pont De La Tour and The Wolseley, and the Bar Manager comes from Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy.

London House
Gordon Ramsay’s new venture is located in his home borough of Wandsworth. The recently-opened London House restaurant and bar in Battersea Square has a worldly menu, thanks to the international background of Head Chef Anna Haugh-Kelly.

Villandry St James
A 1913 Edwardian baroque building in St James is now the home of the new French Mediterranean restaurant Villandry. The restaurant sits conveniently between Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall. It is split into two areas, one for formal dining and another for the Grand Café brasserie.

Are you hungry for Italian cuisine while exploring Central London? New restaurant Bianco43 is roughly 30 seconds’ walk from Trafalgar Square on Northumberland Avenue. The restaurant’s wood fired oven is Italian, so authentic Neapolitan pizzas will come to your rescue.

Other recently-opened London venues include the wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels; fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant, The Fable in Holborn; Turkish Mediterranean brasserie Kitchenette in Putney; Jackson + Rye, the New York-style restaurant in Soho; Brooklyn Bowl, the 800-capacity concert venue and bowling lanes at The O2 Arena; and Poncho 8 grab ‘n’ go Mexican restaurant in Sheldon Square, Paddington.

More London restaurant and bar news
London’s dining scene continues to impress and congratulations must go to the following venues for their recent achievements:

Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant will re-open on 17 February. A new kitchen and private dining room have been added to the restaurant.

Coq d’Argent restaurant is hosting a stargazing evening on 25 February with a demonstration from Bernard Karpinski of Modern Astronomy using the Skyliner-200P telescope recently added to the restaurant’s winter terrace.

During the weekend of 21-23 February, the Craft Beer Rising festival takes places at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. 60 breweries will be showcasing more than 200 beers alongside a program of music and street food.

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London Restaurant News: Fortnum & Mason Bakery, The Wheatsheaf, The Malt House and Cactus Kitchen Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:25:33 +0000

From a posh pop-up bakery to Michelin-Star-standard food in a London pub, London’s food and drink scene never stands still. Here are some of this week’s most exciting new openings.

Fortnum & Mason’s Pop-Up Bakery

A pop-up bakery opens today at Fortnum & Mason, selling bread, cakes and pies from some of Britain’s best-known bakers, including chef/restaurateur Mark Hix and Edd Kimber, the first winner of The Great British Bake-Off. As well as delicious treats to take away, there’s a dedicated café, a cookware shop and a series of baking demonstrations and classes. The pop-up bakery is open until 7 April 2013.

The Wheatsheaf in Borough Market

The Wheatsheaf in Borough Market has reopened following a three-year closure. Originally built in 1772, the pub has been given some modern touches, including a campervan kitchen outside on the new heated terrace, where you can buy hearty, street food-inspired dishes.  On the drinks front there’s a wide range of craft beers and ales, including local Meantime Pale Ale and Camden Hills Lager.

The Malt House in Fulham

The Malt House in Fulham has been taken over by Claude Bosi of two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus and his brother Cedric. On the menu you’ll find a range of seasonal British food such as Welsh rarebit, rib-eye steaks and Sunday roasts, courtesy of former Hibiscus head chef Marcus McGuinness. This is the Bosi brothers’ second South West London pub – Cedric has managed the Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon since it reopened in 2011.

Cactus Kitchens: Michel Roux Jr’s New Cookery School

Top chef Michel Roux Jr has teamed up with Cactus Studios – where TV show Saturday Kitchen is made – to launch a new cookery school. You can take cooking lessons with Michel Roux Jr and Masterchef: The Professionals star Monica Galetti, learn about food and wine with Saturday Kitchen experts Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, or celebrate Chinese New Year with Ken Hom.

Look out for more restaurant news soon.

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Roux at the Pembury Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:45:01 +0000 Roux at the Pembury Roux at the Pembury Roux at the Pembury

Across the road from the Houses of Parliament, young mixologists Abdulai Kpekawa and Liam Cotter have quietly re-launched Roux at the Pembury.

The smart cocktail bar looks like the kind of place where you might spot a senior member of the House, with leather Chesterfield sofas, Art Deco lampshades and impeccable service.

The bar’s located on the first floor above Michel Roux Jr’s French fine dining restaurant Roux at Parliament Square, which opened in May last year.

Subtle signage means you can easily walk past the entrance without noticing it, as most tourists and office workers were doing when we visited on Monday evening.

We were warmly welcomed by Cotter, who introduced the list of 12 specialist cocktails, arranged as a menu of hors d’oeuvres, plats principaux and desserts.

I enjoyed the refreshing Three Citrus Ricky (Ketel One Citroen, fino sherry, yuzu, lemon, pineapple and soda), while my friend tried the signature Pembury Cup (Pimm’s, Tanqueray gin, watermelon, coriander and champagne).

There’s also a range of posh bar snacks including pork scratchings with smoked paprika, peppers stuffed with feta cheese, and beef and ale pie.

Cocktails cost from £8 to £9.25. If you’re after a little bit of affordable luxury in Central London, I’d recommend a visit to this hidden gem.

Roux at the Pembury, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD

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