Great British Restaurant, St James’s

GBR – for Great British Restaurant – is the straight-to-the-point name of a new all-day dining venue opening in Dukes, the St James’s hotel, in May.

Chef Nigel Mendham, who has worked in country house hotels including the Samling in the Lake District, South Lodge in Sussex and the Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, has drawn up a menu that combines traditional British fare with more contemporary highlights.

So you’ll find old favourites Scotch egg, fish’n’chips with mushy peas and treacle sponge along with British charcuterie and pickled vegetables, Isle of Gigha halibut with red wine and foraged sea vegetables, and new season lamb with smoked aubergine. The classic British repasts of breakfast and afternoon tea will also be served.

Best known for its famous bar, whose legendary martini is said to have inspired James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Duke’s now has a Dubai doppelganger on the Palm Jumeirah artifical archipelago. Duke’s Dubai opens this month, and will also feature a GBR.

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