Celebrated restaurateurs (and, as of 2014, hoteliers too) Chris Corbin and Jeremy King opened their first restaurant outside of central London, in Islington, this week (14 December). The Wolseley-et-al duo, who launched Fischer’s in Marylebone and The Beaumont hotel with its much-lauded Colony Grill Room last year, have taken over the site of Browns (a very grand building rather wasted on a dreary chain), just by the Green.
In the Corbin & King tradition of linking their restaurant names to cars (The Wolseley after all inhabits a former showroom), the new venture is called Bellanger. A name taken from the Société des Automobiles Bellanger Frères, a French car manufacturer from 1912 to 1925.
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Inspired by the original Alsatian brasseries of Paris, Bellanger is an all-day grand café and restaurant, open seven days a week, mid-morning until late. Breakfast will be served from Spring 2016.
With all due respect to Frederick’s just around the corner, The Almeida, Trullo etc, but Bellanger could at last be an opening which raises excitement about a trip to Islington beyond the indigenous crowd of New Labour grandees. The 200-cover neighbourhood brasserie is designed by Shayne Brady (protégé of the late, great David Collins). That’s quite a lot of luxury to have as your local – just goes to show that Islington has become as well-heeled as Sloane Square and Marylebone over the years.
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