Des McDonald, former head chef at the Ivy and chief executive of the Caprice Group, has announced details of his new restaurant at the Rosewood London hotel.
The 150-seat Holborn Dining Room will open in February 2014 on the ground floor of the five-star, 306-bedroom hotel which opened last week following an £85m transformation from the Chancery Court hotel.
The Holborn Dining Room will feature a British menu with the likes of ham hock and foie gras terrine and Cornish crab bisque for starters, followed by Sterlingshire porterhouse steak and Highland partridge for main course. Side dishes will include McDonald's signature London particular fritters (ham hock and minted pea), while desserts will feature steamed jam sponge and banana and custard. A head chef is yet to be appointed.
Open seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner, Holborn Dining Room will include a rock bar, alfresco terrace and a delicatessen, which will sell a range of coffees, teas, sandwiches and salads to take away as well as specialist British groceries marmalade and clotted cream to artisan cheeses.
The interior design by Martin Brudnizki design will mirror the cuisine's British style with grand chandeliers, reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and leather upholstery. McDonald said: "The restaurant will have a relaxed atmosphere, coupled with sophistication and glamour."
The Holborn Dining Room will be situated in the former East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance where Pearl restaurant was located during the hotel's incarnation as the Chancery Court.
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