Claridge’s Restaurant has gently opened its art deco doors onto Davies Street, as it embarks on a new era in its long history. The classically inspired but contemporary British restaurant – which will fully open in September – is now operated in house by the hotel, in true Claridge’s style, with chef Coalin Finn heading up the kitchen. It was previously known as Claridge’s Restaurant over 20 years ago. Much like Claridge’s itself, with its welcoming approach and all day à la carte, it is set to be at the beating heart of the Mayfair community, appealing to Londoners and visitors alike.
Claridge’s Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the menu overseen by Irish born Finn who has previously worked at Inverlochy Castle, Davies and Brook and Sketch. Classically inspired dishes, enhanced with modern twists, showcase the finest locally sourced ingredients. Served from the kitchen’s striking, marble-framed doors, starters include Buckwheat Crumpets, laden with soubise cream, truffle puree and slices of truffle and Dorset Snails with parsley and parmesan croute. Barbequed Radish Skewers are braised in homemade teriyaki, laced with horseradish. For mains, dishes span from whole wild Turbot grenobloise to share, Artichoke Agnolotti, to Grilled Native Lobster with crushed Jersey royals and sauce Américaine. Summer desserts include Raspberry Vacherin and a Chocolate Souffle Tart with cocoa nib ice cream. A collection of all-British cheeses – sourced from Nottinghamshire to St. Andrew’s – are accompanied by cherry chutney and plum crackers.
The restaurant has been designed by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, with particular homage to the hotel’s art deco design heritage. A contemporary colour palette is complemented with Calcutta Viola marble and antique brass. Mosaic flooring, central leather banquettes and dramatic pendant lamps, in the style of art deco architect Joseph Hoffman, add a sense of true glamour to the space. The restaurant’s distinctive art deco starburst skylights were designed by Guy Oliver and artwork has been chosen from Claridge’s extensive private collection, with pieces from Sean Scully, Guggi, Richard Gorman and two new bespoke commissions by Brian Clarke. Daylight floods in from the expansive windows along Davies Street which offer access to an alfresco terrace stretching the length of the hotel. An art-filled private dining room features a playful take on panelling by next gen artist Sam Wood.
The high-gloss tortoiseshell bar within Claridge’s Restaurant is the perfect Mayfair spot to order an aperitif or classic seasonal cocktail. Heroes include the Ambre Highball – a white wine spritzer with notes of stone fruit – and the Peach Piquant mixed with tequila and mezcal.
Claridge’s Restaurant will be fully open in September. It is currently open with limited hours and availability. Claridge’s Restaurant is open for breakfast Monday to Sunday, lunch Wednesday to Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Saturday. Bookings can be made at https://www.claridges.co.uk/restaurants-bars/claridges-restaurant/