In early 2017 The Stafford London is to relaunch its restaurant under the helm of new executive chef James Durrant, which will aim to celebrate the ‘very best of British cooking’.
The luxury London boutique hotel appointed Durrant at the end of September, with a wealth of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road and Claridge’s.
Now in his new role, Durrant will create new menus for The Game Bird, the new restaurant to relaunch at The Stafford next year.
The locally-sourced menus will ‘make full use of the diverse produce of Great Britain’ and will include dishes such as Orkney sea scallops, Salt Marsh mutton and Lincolnshire smoked eel.
In addition, a dedicated oyster menu will showcase British Isles varieties including Jersey, Colchester, Dungarvan, Lindisfarne and West Mersea, and a trolley of the smoked and cured fish which will be served straight to guests’ tables, while Oscietra and Keta caviar will also be available.
As the name suggests, the restaurant also pays playful homage to The Stafford’s famous former resident, Nancy Wake, an eccentric female spy who frequented the in-house American Bar during the Second World War and who resided at the hotel during her final years.
The restaurant will also undergo an extensive redesign to show off the original 17th century features of the building, with marble and glass, leather and natural wood materials complimented by a palette of brightly coloured velvets.
Speaking of the opening, Durrant said: “The Game Bird will offer classic British dishes with contemporary touches that I believe will perfectly complement the history of the property.”
Stuart Procter, general manager of The Stafford, commented: “The Stafford represents the height of informal luxury and exceptional service, qualities that will provide the perfect backdrop for The Game Bird. James and the upcoming launch of The Game Bird signal an exciting new chapter for the hotel.”
The Game Bird at The Stafford will take its place alongside the hotel’s existing private dining rooms, 380-year-old working wine cellars, and the award-winning American Bar.