Details of the all-day British dining restaurant, which is to be launched at the five-red-AA-star, 90-bedroom Dukes London hotel as part of a multi-million refurbishment of the property, have been announced.
Due to open in May, GBR, which stands for Great British Restaurant, will replace Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham which opened nearly six years ago.
Executive chef Mendham will oversee the new 58-seat concept, which will be open from breakfast though to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner serving a more inclusive menu than the seven-course tasting menu for £75 that was previously on offer.
Typical dishes will include British charcuterie with pickled vegetables; Isle of Gigha halibut with red wine and foraged sea herbs; new season lamb with smoked aubergine; fish and chips with beer batter and mushy peas; treacle sponge with custard and roasted banana; and dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut.
A selection of bar snacks will feature truffle chips, Norfolk crab on rye toast, and Scotch eggs, while a cocktail menu will be complimented by a selection of London and English craft beers and a concise international wine list of 15 reds and 15 whites.
Debrah Dhugga, managing director of Dukes London, said: "GBR is going to be a huge asset to the St James's neighbourhood with its terrific all-day British menu from Nigel and his talented team."
Mendham joined Dukes London in 2011 from the Samling in Ambleside, Cumbria. He has also previously worked at South Lodge, near Horsham, West Sussex; Stapleford Park, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and Lygon Arms, Broadway, Worcestershire.
The interior of GBR is being created by DesignLSM, with a palette of deep blue, black, white and grey providing a contemporary look, complemented by monochrome artwork and photography and antique mirrors. A bar, with a black granite top, will provide a focal point, with a private dining room for up to 12 e separated from the restaurant by a dividing wall with a fireplace.
Dukes London is owned by Dubai-based Seven Tides Hospitality. The company is set to open the Dukes Oceana, comprising 279 bedrooms and 227 apartments, on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai this spring. Dhugga is currently splitting her time between Dubai and London as she launches the new property.
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