Chef Shaun Rankin, of Jersey’s much-admired Ormer (though sliding survey ratings indicate admiration may be on the wane), will open Ormer Mayfair this September at Shepherd Market’s boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair. But first, they want to invite diners to the all-important dress rehearsal with a 50% off food soft launch period in August.
Tables in the 85-cover restaurant inside the luxury boutique Flemings Mayfair hotel will be available for lunch and dinner from 23 August right up until the 19 September, the night before the official opening. The soft launch offer is available for walk-ins and bookings via www.opentable.co.uk/r/ormer-mayfair-london.
The restaurant and bar is part of a £14m refurbishment the hotel is currently undergoing. The makeover, which extends to the 129 bedrooms, suites and apartments, will be completed later this year – the hotel remains fully operational during this time.
Rankin joins Flemings Mayfair under that most ponderous title of ‘Executive Chef’. One never knows how much actual cooking executive chefs do in their many kitchens, however it seems that Bohemia alum Rankin will split his time between the two operations. Jersey to Mayfair – that’s quite a commute!
Ormer Mayfair will apparently draw inspiration from the St Helier shores (with a distinctive Mayfair twist) drawing together foraged herbs, English wines and seasonal produce from land and sea. On the menu: Hand-dived scallops from the Channel Islands or Jersey lobster ravioli in a crab and lemongrass bisque; venison loin with medjool dates, quinoa, parsnips; and double chocolate brownie with salt caramel and milk ice cream.
Two private dining rooms will seat up to 20 guests and an adjoining 40-cover bar will be revealed soon.
Each of the hotel’s bedrooms, suites and apartments (styled by Tully Filmer interior designs) will apparently have its own ‘theme’, and a private entrance on Clarges Street. Admission to the Townhouse will still be through Half Moon Street and the restaurant’s own entrance on Clarges Street will follow later in the autumn.
Originally opened in 1851, Flemings Mayfair was converted from 13 Georgian townhouses.