An ambitious new restaurant is to be launched in Cambridge this autumn under locally born chef Tristan Welch, formerly of Le Gavroche and Pétrus. Parker’s Tavern will be the destination restaurant in the University Arms, a 192-room revamp of the 1834 hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece, a city-centre playing field famous as the birthplace of Association Football, as […]

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Michel Roux Jr, from the cooking dynasty that has personified French cuisine in Britain for half a century, is to oversee an establishment serving traditional English food. The Wigmore bar, in Regent Street’s grand Langham hotel, will offer dishes inspired by the English pub and tavern, such as raised veal and ham pie and devilled lamb’s kidneys – although diners will […]

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Le Gavroche, the Roux family flagship and foundation stone of modern London gastronomy, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a “Back to the Classics” menu of original dishes from 1967. The menu is available until December and costs £90 a head for five courses, bookable in advance, to be shared in the Library […]

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Chef Monica Galetti is opening her long-planned first restaurant, Mere, in Fitzrovia on Monday March 6, alongside her sommelier husband, David Galetti. It is named in tribute to her mother, Mary — Mere in Samoan, as well as being French for mother. The Samoan-born chef trained in New Zealand before joining Le Gavroche in 1999, rising […]

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Anne-Sophie Pic, hailed as the world’s greatest female chef, opens her first restaurant in Britain, La Dame de Pic, in the City of London next Thursday, January 26. She became only the fourth woman to earn a third Michelin star when the accolade was bestowed 10 years ago on her family restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence, […]

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Chefs past and present at Le Gavroche are receiving a Christmas bonus this year following Michel Roux Jr’s announcement that he will make up the shortfall owed to underpaid staff members. The payments, thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds, follow revelations of underpayment at the Mayfair temple of gastronomy that have rumbled on for a […]

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Le Gavroche will close for lunch on Tuesdays and bring last orders forward to 9.30pm to reduce working hours following a newspaper report that it paid kitchen staff as little as £5.50 a hour. According to the The Guardian, several chefs at Michel Roux’s gastronomic bastion in Mayfair said they routinely worked between 62 and 68 hours a […]

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French haute cuisine, the wellspring from which culinary magic seems to flow across the world, has been sidelined of late in favour of rusticity, simplicity and (let’s face it) dirty great burgers. But can the classics ever truly go out of style? Surely we all just need a gentle reminder of France’s culinary prowess? Well, […]

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Our unique event, exclusive to Harden’s readers, hosted at the restaurant nominated in this year’s survey as the pinnacle of London gastronomy: Le Gavroche has sold out within hours. Commiserations to those of you who didn’t nab a ticket but we are planning to host other events later in the year – watch this space! The evening […]

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This year marks Michel Roux Jr’s 25th year at the helm of London’s bastion of old fashioned, “flawless and indulgent” Gallic gastronomy Le Gavroche. Opened in 1967, the iconic Mayfair venue was founded by Michel’s father Albert Roux OBE. Michel took the reins in 1991 and in honour of this the celebrity chef will host a […]

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