What to Expect at Tom Kerridge’s First London Restaurant – Eater London
Tom Kerridge has been trying to open a restaurant in London for some time. The Great British Menu, Masterchef and Lose Weight for Good chef’s much-touted restaurant at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower was abruptly curtailed by the hotel in October 2017; that restaurant had been in the works since December 2016.
Now, the man behind Marlow’s The Hand and Flowers and The Coach — both Michelin-starred, the former the first pub to ever hold two stars — has his London restaurant. Kerridge’s Bar and Grill will officially open 10 September 2018 at The Corinthia Hotel, which recently announced a partnership with Marcis Dzelzainis and Michael Sager of Sager and Wilde. Reservation lines will open today (13 August).
Kerridge and head chef Nick Beardsworth will be serving Anglo-French dishes, underpinned by classical techniques; the menu feels nostalgic, familiar, and a little bit celebrity chef hotel. As is common, meat and fish provenance is under the spotlight, with vegetables and fruit left alone. There are also some mystery owners of risotto and crispy egg.
Tom Kerridge and Nick Beardsworth outside The Corinthia Hotel Cristian Barnett/Kerridge’s Bar and Grill
Fresh Cornish crab vol-au-vent with avocado, green apple, and crab bisque
Claude’s mushroom ‘risotto’ with Daniel’s crispy egg and aged parmesan
Glazed omelette ‘Lobster Thermidor’
Kerridge’s fish and chips with pease pudding, tartare and matson spiced sauce
Dry aged rib of beef from The Butcher’s Tap with ox cheek bordelaise, gherkin ketchup and triple cooked chips
Creedy Carver duck breast and faggot with savoy cabbage, rotisserie apple sauce and duck fat pomme anna
Half a Cotswold White chicken with braised gem lettuce, pickled lemon and soft polenta
Dark chocolate pudding with crystalised malt biscuit, salted caramel and malted milk ice cream
Scottish raspberry and rose geranium trifle with white chocolate, gin baba and salted oats
Brown butter tart with buttermilk ice cream (sounds familiar)
Claude’s mushroom risotto with Daniel’s crispy egg Cristian Barnett/Kerridge’s Bar and Grill Fish and chips will be served with pease pudding Cristian Barnett/Kerridge’s Bar and Grill The dark chocolate pudding Cristian Barnett/Kerridge’s Bar and Grill
The beef, duck and chicken will be cooked on a feature rotisserie, which will also offer a daily special dish: Kerridge has chosen the technique for its evenness of cook, offering edge-to-edge doneness without the blandness that sous vide cooking can impart. There will be a 40-seater bar — hello, seating options — promising a focus on English sparkling wine and cask ales, as well as the focussed bar snacks that have become one of Kerridge’s calling cards.
Art, too, will be a focus. Robi Walters has created unique pieces from menus sent into Kerridge by the public to be displayed in the dining room; Beth-Cullen Kerridge has created a pair of sculptures — “Dorsal Angel” and “Steve.”
Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at Corinthia Hotel London | Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BDOpen 10 September 2018