Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan is to open a "two-year pop-up" restaurant in London.
The chef patron of the critically acclaimed L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel, Cumbria, has taken over a site in Marylebone and will reopen it in early May.
Rogan has taken over a remaining two-year lease on the site on Blandford Street, which was previously occupied by Michael Moore, and is thus calling the restaurant a "two-year pop-up".
Head chef at the yet-to-be-named restaurant will be Ben Spalding, who recently joined Rogan at L'Enclume and previously worked at Restaurant Lipp in Gothernburg, Sweden, as well as Michelin-starred London restaurants L'Autre Pied and Rhodes W1. The food offer will be similar to that at L'Enclume.
Rogan and partner Penny Tapsell opened L'Enclume in 2003. Within a year, they had been awarded a Michelin star, a Newcomer of the Year Catey and a rarely awarded 10 out of 10 from the Times restaurant critic Giles Coren. Last year L'Enclume was awarded the AA's top award of five rosettes for it's "groundbreaking cuisine that is inventive and innovative".
Rogan, who opened his second restaurant, Rogan & Company, located minutes from L'Enclume in 2008, first hinted of his intention to open a restaurant in the South of England in 2006. He told Caterer then: "I want more people to sample my food," he said. "It seems you get success and recognition a lot quicker in the South."
The chef has recently appeared on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen and the Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen and L'Enclume was one of the settings for an episode of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan BBC comedy, The Trip.
Prior to moving to Cumbria, Rogan was head chef at Addington Palace, near Croydon, Surrey. His CV includes periods with Marco Pierre White, John Burton-Race and Jean-Christophe Novelli at Geddes, Gordleton Mill, Floyd's and Rhinefield House.
By Kerstin Kühn
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