In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Alyn Williams threatens legal action over Westbury dismissal
Alyn Williams, the chef behind Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury, is threatening the London hotel with legal action after he was accused of “gross misconduct” and dismissed from his position.
The Connaught Grill to reopen after 20 years
The Connaught Grill inside luxury Mayfair hotel The Connaught is to reopen early next year after a 20-year hiatus under the direction of Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Chris Leach and David Carter announce 10 Heddon Street residency
The chefs and restaurateurs will launch a residency at 10 Heddon Street in London’s Mayfair as part of a new partnership initiative from The Crown Estate and Montana Fogg.
Unfiltered: Antonio Di Schiena, Oswald’s
Antonio Di Schiena, head sommelier at private members club Oswald’s in Mayfair, discovered his love for wine during a stint spent working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Tuscany while still at school. Since then, he has worked in London, Monaco and Ibiza before joining Oswald’s in 2017.
Momo team to launch Mayfair diner
Mourad Mazouz, the restaurateur behind Sketch London and Momo, will open a diner-style Mediterranean restaurant in London’s Mayfair this month called Mo Diner.
El Pirata celebrates 25th birthday with Back to ’94 Menu
The Spanish restaurant based in Mayfair is marking 25 years this month with a special Back to ’94 menu which sees a selection of dishes return to the prices they were when it first opened in 1994.
London gets its first saké on tap
We’ve had craft cocktails and frizzante Prosecco on tap, now the latest drink to get the keg treatment is saké, which is being served on tap at The Arts Club in Mayfair.