Iconic London restaurant Lindsay House is set to close next summer after 25 years, Caterer has learnt.
Richard Corrigan's Michelin-starred restaurant, based in a four-storey 1740s townhouse in Soho, will shut at the end of May when its lease comes to an end.
Corrigan, who took over Lindsay House in 1997, told Caterer its closing was the end of an era. "Lindsay House is a great London institution that has had the most extraordinary loyal customer base over the years and I am sad to see it close," he said. "But I'm happy to be finishing on a high note, having held a Michelin star for 10 years."
However, Corrigan - who opens his eponymous restaurant at London's Grosvenor House hotel today - admitted that running Lindsay House had proved difficult at times.
"Running the restaurant from its tiny little kitchen was a real challenge and in a way it's amazing we managed over so many years," he said. "The Soho neighbourhood proved tough, too. Many of my staff were attacked, the restaurant was broken into and I look forward to not having to deal with that any more."
The restaurant at Lindsay House, which gained its Michelin star in 1999, is spread over two main rooms on the ground and first floor, each seating 28 guests. There are also three private dining rooms, seating between six and 34 guests.
Corrigan's new restaurant, Corrigan's Mayfair, opens this month in the site previously occupied by the three-Michelin-starred Chez Nico at Ninety. The 72-seat restaurant will include two private dining rooms as well as a bar and will feature interiors inspired by a hunting lodge. Head chef will be Chris McGowan, who is currently head chef at Lindsay House.
- Look out for more from our exclusive interview with Corrigan later this month
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