Family-owned The Windermere in London is to relaunch its restaurant in January after a refurbishment project to bring F&B at the hotel into focus.
The four-star hotel near Victoria in the capital is to open The Pimlico Grid on January 1, 2019, after a total rebrand was carried out to match recent enhancements that have been carried out at the hotel over the last 10 months.
The new casual dining restaurant will be open all day, offering seasonal menus that combine ‘fresh flavours and much loved classics’ and will officially open to the public next year after a series of soft launch events.
Speaking to Boutique Hotelier, co-owner Emily Hambi said that this year was ‘earmarked to work on further improving the F&B’, with the aim of transforming the restaurant space into a ‘destination venue’.
She said: “We are so excited to be opening The Pimlico Grid in this iconic area that we love so much. Locals will already be familiar with the term ‘Pimlico Grid’ but our restaurant name is born from the discovery of a pre-War ‘Warwick Way’ street sign, which we discovered in one of our old Victorian coal vaults. Well preserved, it was charmingly split in two, and looked like it belonged in a museum.
“We are confident that this will enhance The Windermere, but we also hope to become a local hangout in Pimlico.”
Hambi’s parents started The Windermere 31 years ago and, with Emily taking over the reins in 2009. She has since overseen the hotel’s renovation in 2012, which saw many of the building’s original features restored and a lift installed.
Supporting the ‘best of British’ each of the 19 bedrooms have been designed by the Hambi family.
“When I joined the family business, it was with a bunch of fresh ideas to improve The Windermere, and we immediately embarked on a series of exciting projects,” she tells BH. “These projects include the improvement to our official rating and our TripAdvisor ranking, the addition of an elevator and air-conditioning, in-room Nespresso & SMART TVs, installation of contemporary bathrooms etc. plus the modernisation of our reservation management.”