THE CONNAUGHT GRILL RE-OPENS

It’s not often that a London restaurant comes back from the dead but legendary Connaught Grill is set to do just that. Open at The Connaught Hotel from 1955 to 2000, The Connaught Grill was an old school celeb haunt that served up old school French cuisine, and now it’s back at the Mayfair hotel albeit with an updated offering.

Times have changed so this Connaught Grill is a much more contemporary affair, with Jean-Georges Vongerichten taking charge of the food here, as well as his eponymous restaurant in the hotel. There’s a wood burning grill and rotisserie offering up everything from langoustines and Dover sole to British game and seasonal vegetables. There will however be the odd homage to the old school classics, including the ‘oeuf en surprise’ which Jean-Georges himself remembers eating on his first visit here back in the day, a pie of the day menu, a Sunday roast carved on a trolley and desserts like baked Alaska and sticky toffee pudding.

The design is much more modern too, with the 46 cover restaurant featuring furniture from the acclaimed George Nakashima Woodworkers based in Pennsylvania. The studio usually creates furniture for museums but has created bespoke wall panels, tables and chairs for The Connaught Grill. Swanky.

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