After Ramsay Comes Rogan At Claridge's
December 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM
After a run of over a decade, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's Hotel in London closed its doors in June this year. Ramsay has kept busy with his many other ventures (including much-hyped Union Street Cafe in Southwark, in the end without pal David Beckham), but we now know what's to come for Claridge's too: chef Simon Rogan, of two-Michelin star restaurant L'Enclume in Cumbria, will take the helm.
The new restaurant will open in Spring 2014, and as befits a hotel like Claridge's, even the construction is done in style. Passing by the hotel recently, the restaurant section on Davies Street has been covered with a 'fake' facade, which pretty successfully obscures what goes on inside.
No word yet on whether the restaurant will simply be called "Simon Rogan at Claridge's", or something a touch more imaginative will be thought of between now and next year. The use of fresh ingredients will be a "defining factor" for the restaurant (we'd be surprised if they weren't, at this price and quality level), which will probably come in part from Rogan's own farm in Cumbria. Everything else is still unknown, down to the interior design or who will be responsible for it.
The Royal Suite
Also new at Claridge's though? A refurbished Royal Suite, with over 2400 square feet to share between just two bedrooms, dining room, and living room with grand piano. We'll have more for you on that later.
[Photo: JasonD, Photo of Royal Suite: Claridge's]