Cliveden to open all-day eaterie, the Astor Grill

29 February 2016 by
Cliveden to open all-day eaterie, the Astor Grill

An informal restaurant called the Astor Grill is to open in the stable block of Cliveden near Taplow, Berkshire.

The 38-seat eaterie, with additional seating for 40 on a seasonal terrace, is due to open in mid-April. André Garrett, executive head chef of Cliveden, will oversee the new outlet alongside his eponymously named restaurant within the red-AA-star, 39-bedroom hotel.

The all-day menu at the Astor Grill will focus on a selection of classic American and British dishes, reflecting the diverse owners and residents who have passed through the 160-year-old Grade I-listed house.

The name, the Astor Grill, recalls the Astor family, who owned Cliveden from the early 1900s.

William Waldorf Astor, American's richest citizen, gave the house to his son and daughter-in-law, Nancy Astor, in 1906 and Cliveden became a vibrant social hub for guests such as Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. It rose to prominence again during the Profumo scandal of 1961, when the protagonists at the centre of the affair stayed at the house.

Garrett was appointed executive chef of Cliveden in October 2013, after spending seven years as head chef at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The dining room has since been refurbished at a cost of £500,000, reopening as André Garrett at Cliveden. Today the restaurant has three AA rosettes.

A 77-year lease on Cliveden was acquired for nearly £30m in 2011 by Ian and Richard Livingstone, the billionaire property developer brothers who head London & Regional. Sister properties include Chewton Glen in New Milton, Hampshire and the recently acquired Lygon Arms in Broadway, Worcestershire.

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