Not content with overseeing the food at The Stafford London, Culinary Director Ben Tish will be leading the launch of the hotel’s first independent restaurant, which is to be called Norma. Due to open in Fitzrovia this summer, Norma will be inspired by Sicily, drawing influence from the island’s cafe culture, old-school Italian hospitality and Moorish flavours in the cuisine.

Taking over a converted townhouse Norma will be split across three floors; the ground and first floors will be home to the restaurant and cocktail bar with a private dining space up top. And it’s going to offer all-day dining too. The crudo bar will be serving up seasonal raw seafood like Sicilian red prawns, West Mersea oysters and monkfish with crispy capers. The main menu will include antipasti, pasta and grilled fish and meat, with dishes like taglioni with sardines and fennel, Norma aubergine parmigiana, rose veal chop with charred hispi and marsala sauce, and slow-cooked cherry and almond milk panna cotta.

Naturally the drinks list will lean heavily on Sicily too with Marsala wines and cocktails made with chinotto, vermouth and limoncello. Given Ben’s familiarity with these kind of flavours from his Salt Yard days, we’re expecting good things from Norma.

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Opens Weds 11th September 2019
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