The Balmoral opened Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux on June 11. The hotel is collaborating with Alain, of the esteemed Waterside Inn, Bray, as well as his father Michel Sr OBE, the legendary chef and restaurateur. Brasserie Prince will celebrate, Harden’s has been told, “a new alliance”, matching French cookery with the best Scottish produce. […]

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Alain Roux, chef-patron of Bray’s “glorious” Waterside Inn, and his father, the legendary chef and restaurateur Michel Roux, are set to launch a new restaurant in Edinburgh at The Balmoral during May. Alain will take up the position of signature chef at the brasserie and bar, which replaces Hadrian’s Brasserie and The Balmoral Bar. He currently retains […]

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This week Jay Rayner reviewed Notting Hill’s family-run Italian, Da Maria, in the Observer, remarking that it’s the kind of place that ‘keeps London human and, more to the point, humane’. A shame then that it may be demolished to make way for an expanded cinema foyer. You know who’s side Jay is on… “Da Maria […]

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Michel Roux Jr, from the cooking dynasty that has personified French cuisine in Britain for half a century, is to oversee an establishment serving traditional English food. The Wigmore bar, in Regent Street’s grand Langham hotel, will offer dishes inspired by the English pub and tavern, such as raised veal and ham pie and devilled lamb’s kidneys – although diners will […]

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Chefs past and present at Le Gavroche are receiving a Christmas bonus this year following Michel Roux Jr’s announcement that he will make up the shortfall owed to underpaid staff members. The payments, thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds, follow revelations of underpayment at the Mayfair temple of gastronomy that have rumbled on for a […]

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Le Gavroche will close for lunch on Tuesdays and bring last orders forward to 9.30pm to reduce working hours following a newspaper report that it paid kitchen staff as little as £5.50 a hour. According to the The Guardian, several chefs at Michel Roux’s gastronomic bastion in Mayfair said they routinely worked between 62 and 68 hours a […]

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Claude Bosi’s Mayfair foodie temple, Hibiscus, is the latest high-end restaurant to cut its opening hours in order to give staff more time off and improve consistency. The chef/patron has cut Tuesday and Wednesday lunch services. Hibiscus is now open for lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Last […]

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Sad news reaches us today (27 October) that Durham’s Bistro 21, an “old favourite” for many of our survey reporters, has closed for good. And the reason why Terry Laybourne’s stalwart of 24 year’s standing has shut up shop? Falling staff numbers. The parent company of the restaurant, 21 Hospitality Group, said the departure of […]

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