TV chef John Burton-Race returns to the London restaurant scene for the first time in 12 years with The New Angel in Notting Hill. Opening today (7 May), the establishment has the same name as his Dartmouth hotel, which famously closed in 2007 while Burton-Race was in Australia taking part in ‘I’m a celebrity…get me out of here’.
The 54-cover restaurant will replace a Georgian dining spot, Colchis, on Chepstow Place (beneath the eminent Italian, Assaggi). The New Angel is headed up by Burton-Race’s protégé, Stephen Humphries, previously of Sanctum on the Green and Le Gavroche.
Burton-Race is one of those TV chefs whose prominence has been bolstered by Michelin’s penchant for supporting chefs with high media profiles, sometimes seemingly regardless of actual achievement. We hope, of course, that his new establishment turns out to be star-worthy – if it is not, it will be interesting to see if the tyre men come along and dutifully dole one out anyway!
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