Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) has parted company with the Connaught hotel and will not renew its lease for its Michelin-starred restaurant when the hotel reopens after a £60m refurbishment later this year.
The company has confirmed its split with the hotel’s owner, the Maybourne Group, and has said the restaurant, which has been overseen by chef-patron Angela Hartnett since its inception in 2002, will not reopen with the hotel in December.
Hartnett will open a new venture later this year. The Connaught is yet to announce plans for a replacement restaurant.
The move comes just weeks after Caterer revealed that Ramsay’s Boxwood Café at the Maybourne Group’s Berkeley Hotel is to close after a revamp of the property, which is set to begin at the end of the year.
It also follows our report on rumours that Marcus Wareing is not to return to the Savoy Grill when it reopens after the hotel’s 18-month refurbishment – reports which GRH has denied.
The departure from the Connaught will leave GRH with five restaurants in other major London hotels. These include the Michelin-starred Savoy Grill and Banquette at the Savoy, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Maze at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, La Noisette at the Carlton Tower and the two-Michelin-starred Pétrus at the Berkeley.
A GRH spokesman said: “The Maybourne Group and Gordon Ramsay Holdings confirm that Gordon Ramsay Holdings will not be renewing their lease on the restaurant at the Connaught when it re-opens at the end of the year following an extensive refurbishment.”
By Kerstin Kühn
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