The opening of Bibendum in 1987 was a watershed moment in modern London restaurant history. What were your intentions when you launched it? What were you setting out to achieve and bring to the London scene?
It was a watershed moment for me too and my first serious step on the gastronomic ladder. After we had acquired Michelin House [in Fulham Road], it seemed to me that whatever else we might do with the building, it simply had to have a first-class restaurant within it. I think we were also getting a sense that the tastes of Londoners were changing and that there was a great opportunity to do something special.
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