The Stafford London is to launch its first independent restaurant venture this September under the direction of the hotel’s culinary director Ben Tish.
Norma will open later this year on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia and will inspired by the food and culture of Sicily, taking influence from the grand café style found in the country.
The new restaurant will be housed in a converted characterful townhouse on Charlotte Street, split across three floors: the bottom two will be dedicated to the restaurant and a first-floor cocktail bar with the top floor a private dining space.
There will also be a crudo bar at the entrance of Norma, serving up seasonal raw seafood.
The main menu will feature modern Sicilian-inspired dishes using seasonal Italian and British produce, from a selection of anti-pasti and pastas, to larger grilled meat and fish dishes.
The Stafford London’s general manager, Stuart Procter said: “We are delighted to be launching Norma in the vibrant area of Charlotte Street, following the successful launch of The Game Bird in 2017 and the relaunch of our renowned American Bar in 2018.
“Norma will be a great addition to the already strong restaurant offering at The Stafford and we are looking forward to bringing the exceptional levels of service for which we are already known, to a brand new concept and location.”
Speaking about the new restaurant, culinary director, Ben Tish, added: “I’m really excited about launching Norma with The Stafford team, as it’s a concept I’m passionate about and have been working on for a while.”
Ben Tish was appointed culinary director at the five-star luxury London boutique, The Stafford in January 2018, shortly after the launch of The Game Bird in 2017.
In February of this year, the owners of The Stafford acquired 26-bedroom hotel and Michelin star restaurant, Northcote.