Kerridge goes for glitz

Tom Kerridge, the Marlow-based maestro of pub food, has revealed his next move – a restaurant in a five-star Belgravia hotel.

His first restaurant – and his first professional foray into London – will open next year at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, a luxury hotel overlooking Hyde Park and aimed squarely at the international market.

The new venue will be replacing the hotel’s Rib Room, which will close early next year. The Rib Room received a mixed write-up in the 2017 Harden’s Survey, which reports that its “rib of beef is splendid but not really backed up by other items”.

Kerridge came to prominence with his first venture, the celebrated Hand and Flowers, which draws diners from across the country who are prepared to book months ahead for a coveted table in a Marlow pub.

He followed that two years ago with The Coach, another pub in Marlow, that has a no-bookings policy – partly to meet local demand. This winter he is also treating locals to a pop-up film-and-supper club in Marlow’s old town hall.

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