News reaches us that the one-time enfant terrible of British cooking, Marco Pierre White, is to reanimate his Wheeler’s brand in London by moving into the City’s Threadneedles Hotel in March. We wouldn’t like to speculate as to why the face of Knorr stock cubes is choosing to shack up with yet another hotel group – could it have something to do with his plot to open 50 sites within four years?
Although one of MPW’s better efforts, Wheeler’s in St James’s, (which did have its fans in our survey) was considered by many Harden’s reporters to be “totally mediocre” – with one critic commenting “even for £1, a meal here would be overpriced”. Housed with an historic premises (the site of Prunier, the famed French fish restaurant, from 1936-1980) Wheeler’s was closed in February 2014, with glamorous Chelsea Indian Chutney Mary taking its place in April this year.
Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar will open in Threadneedles Hotel (part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection) with a new menu, written by MPW, but ultimately delivered by head chef Stephen Smith. On the menu: Wheeler’s fish pie, grilled dover sole a la Salamander and quails eggs maintenon.
The restaurant will have a dedicated oyster bar with a range of bivalves, as well as a wide selection of wines, champagnes and cocktails.
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