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FIRST LOOK: Tom Kerridge Bar & Grill opens at Corinthia London

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The new Tom Kerridge restaurant at Corinthia London has now opened its doors, bringing the two-Michelin star chef to the capital for the first time.

The British brasserie-style dining room, Tom Kerridge Bar & Grill, has been transformed from the former Italian Massimo Restaurant & Bar on the ground floor of the five-star luxury hotel.

The venture marks the first time Kerridge, who runs the two-Michelin star The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, has opened a restaurant in London.

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Interiors have been spearheaded by David Collins Studio, with specially-commissioned eye-catching gold sculptures created by Tom’s wife Beth.

The grand, high-ceiling restaurant seats 90 and is kitted out with a mixture of leather upholstered dining chairs and deep button-backed banquettes with a dark green and burgundy colour palette and striking pops of gold and natural greenery.

A meat fridge displays cuts hand picked from Kerridge’s pub / butchers, The Butchers Tap in Marlow, while an open kitchen section features a rotisserie, where guests can sit up at on stools to get close to the action.

Kerridge asked people to send him menus from various places around the country to use for his latest project, and this is the end result.

The new menu, which has been created with head chef Nick Beardshaw, features delights such as 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’ and Kerridge’s fish and chips with pease pudding, tartare and Matson spiced sauce.

Boutique Hotelier was lucky enough to be at the launch evening last night to get a first taste of Kerridge’s new menu, sampling dishes such as dry aged rib of beef from the Butcher’s Tap with ox cheek bordelaise, gherkin ketchup and triple-cooked chips and dark chocolate pudding with crystalised malt biscuit, salted caramel and malted milk ice-cream.

Speaking to Kerridge following service, he told BH that he had felt the ‘pressure’ of the evening’s audience, but was ‘delighted’ with the outcome, admitting his debut launch in London, was ’bigger and better than expected’.

Kerridge was previously earmarked to launch a new dining room at Jumeirah Carlton hotel in Knightsbridge last year, but it fell through and the restaurant went on to reopen without Kerridge at the helm.

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