Sommelier and restaurateur Xavier Rousset and chef Mark Jarvis have joined forces to reopen the historic Gunmakers pub in Marylebone, London.
Rousset and Jarvis, who previously worked together at Marylebone's Texture restaurant, have opened the doors of the Gunmakers with plans for a 40-cover restaurant and six-bedrooms to follow in November. The 18th century pub, previously frequented by Winston Churchill, had been closed for more than a year prior to its reopening.
The subterranean restaurant will be overseen by Jarvis, of Anglo restaurant in Farringdon, and offer a best of British menu alongside a carefully curated wine list by Rousset, whose other projects include Cabotte restaurant and wine bar in the City and Trade private members club in Soho.
Jarvis, who won the Newcomer Award at the 2017 Cateys for Anglo, began his career at 16 and went on to work at the Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire and Texture in London, among others. His first head chef role was at the Blueprint Café, where he took over from Jeremy Lee. A year later, Jarvis took on his first executive chef role at the Bingham hotel in Surrey, where he remained for two years.