Restaurateur Soren Jessen is launching a new venture this month next to his acclaimed 1 Lombard Street restaurant in the City of London.
1776 will open its doors on 22 October. It will comprise a 40-seat dining room and will have its own entrance from Mansion House Place.
Housed in a Grade II-listed former bank, the restaurant is named after the year the building - once home to Charles Dickens's first love, Maria Beadnell - was first recorded.
The food at 1776 will be created by head chef Juri Ravagli, who previously worked at the Drone's Club and Harry's Bar and describes the menu as modern British with international influences.
Signature dishes will include fillet of Black Angus with breadcrumb crust and garlic snails; pan-fried black cod, pak choy and ponzu sauce; and Mazara El Vallo red prawns with carpaccio baby salad. There will also be a hot carving trolley serving a selection of daily changing seasonal meats, while the drinks menu will be accessed on iPads at the tables.
Interiors will feature large windows, wooden floors and banquette seating.
Commenting on the launch of 1776, Jessen said: "My desire is to create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere where customers come to be spoilt. The emphasis will be on elegance and simplicity but most of all flexibility - the London restaurant scene has changed remarkably in recent years and customers now expect innovation without sacrificing on quality. My aim is for 1776 to embrace this."
By Neil Gerrard
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