A second restaurant overseen by Cliveden House executive chef André Garrett will launch at the impossibly grand Thames-view country house this Friday (8 April). The Astor Grill is named after the Astor family, who owned the house from the early 1900s.
Located in the Duke of Westminster’s former stables, adjacent to the main house, the space will accommodate 38 with an additional seasonal terrace with 40-covers. The modern all-day menu will be overseen by André Garrett and will focus on a mix of classic American and British dishes – many reminiscent of Cliveden’s diverse owners and residents.
Dishes include: Crispy Cornish squid with devilled tomato mayo; English pea soup with mint and crème fraÃ®che; Grilled chicken Cobb salad; Herb-rubbed spatchcock poussin; Cornish lobster and chips; The Astor burger; Wild boar sausage and mash; the Astor fish pie; Raspberry jam soufflé; and Peanut butter and milk chocolate mousse. The brunch menu, available daily until noon, will showcase morning favourites, such as: Buttermilk waffles with caramelised banana, pecan and grilled bacon; Omelette Arnold Bennett; and Chorizo eggs en cocotte.
Cliveden’s Head Sommelier David Kubler has devised a list of rediscovered Old World wines for the list at The Astor Grill, including 20 available by the glass or carafe. There will also be a selection of English craft beers and artisan ciders, and a range of contemporary and classic cocktails – including some new signature options, such as The Bloody Nancy (a concoction of Chase English smoked vodka and tomato juice), and the Astor Fizz (Chapel Down Brut with Belvoir elderflower).
William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest citizen, gave the house to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor in 1906 and Cliveden then became a vibrant social hub for guests like Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill.
More information on The Astor Grill will be available in late March 2016.