Rumba with Roux at Michel’s new Trocadero

Far from fading into retirement following the closure earlier this year of Le Gavroche, Michel Roux has two new ventures lined up for the months ahead: a new spot at the Langham hotel, his long-time perch in Portland Place, opening in May, and what is billed as a unique live entertainment restaurant at a historic castle outside Glasgow, opening in August.

At the Langham, where he used to run Roux at the Landau (how home to restaurant Mimosa), he is taking over the Palm Court under the banner of Chez Roux, offering a menu that combines British classics with French cooking methods.

In Scotland, Trocadero’s will offer live music and entertainment seven nights a week, as a key element in a £15 million reboot of the 17th-century Crossbasket Castle hotel in High Blantyre. The restaurant is named after a legendary dancehall from the 1950s in nearby Hamilton, summoning the glamour of post-war dinner-dances.

Michel took charge of the Crossbasket kitchens in 2016, following his late father Albert Roux, who had a long association with the hotel. Michel says: “Trocadero’s is going to be the talk of the town and the most iconic venue in Scotland. Fabulous, delicious food, great entertainment and somewhere people will want to keep coming back to time and time again.”

Owner Steve Timoney said he and his wife Alison want guests to “kick up their heels and have fun while enjoying exceptional food in a sensational venue. Every city offers great quality restaurants but what we’re creating at Trocadero’s is truly unique.

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