While some hotel restaurants are all about international flavours, it’s Great Britain that others want to promote.
Dukes, well-known for their quintessentially British refinery, will be opening GBR (Great British Restaurant) in May, offering all-day British-style dining to guests and the public. The new restaurant will serve dishes ranging from traditional Scotch eggs to Isle of Gigha (that’s off the coast of Kintyre) halibut with red wine and foraged sea herbs.
Classic British dishes like battered fish and chips and treacle pudding will be on offer too, and the restaurant will be open all day, every day. There will also be sophisticated bar snacks, such as truffle chips. The drinks menu will feature classics too, with cocktails and craft beers included.
The restaurant will be overseen by executive chef Nigel Mendham, who has worked at South Lodge in West Sussex and The Samling in the Lake District.
However, Mendham isn’t new to the hotel, already heading up Thirty Six, which GBR will replace. The opening of the 56-seat restaurant will be overseen by the hotel’s managing director, Debrah Dhugga.
Dhugga said, “GBR is going to be a huge asset to the St James’s neighbourhood with its terrific all-day British menu from Nigel and his talented team.”
The restaurant’s design will be by LSM Design and will be both elegant and casual, with deep blue, grey, and monochrome colours. There will be antique mirrors and black and white photography adorning the walls. A black granite topped bar will be the focal point of the room. There will also be a private dining room for up to 12 diners, with plenty of natural light and a large fireplace.
Dukes has been working on a refurbishment of the hotel’s bedrooms and public areas for the last few months. It is the biggest investment the hotel has made in decades and will be complete at the end of spring.
Photo credits: Dukes Hotel.