Hot Off The Press: Top Chefs Announce New Restaurants

Calling all foodies! Chefs Atul Kochhar and Claire Smyth have both announced exciting news about their latest restaurant ventures…

Atul Kochhar set to open new restaurant this January


Twice decorated Michelin starred Atul Kochhar, the chef at the forefront of fine Indian cuisine is set to open his first restaurant focussed on British gastronomy this month. Situated at The Crown Inn, Amersham, Hawkyns is set to open its doors for the first time on 15th January.

Once the backdrop to the romantic tryst between Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in iconic film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ the historic building will be the first restaurant within Atul’s international portfolio of Indian and Peruvian establishments to offer British fare. Hawkyns will be giving traditional British cuisine a contemporary makeover – with a modernity that complements the stylish and quintessential Inn.

Championing locally sourced and seasonal produce, the menu will offer a combination of the British classic with subtle accents of his own culinary heritage.  The talented Ross Bott has been named Head Chef of the new venture, bringing with him a wealth of experience.

Accommodating up to 50 guests in the main restaurant, the menu offers a twist on the Classical and new culinary creations. Dishes include scallops with leek terrine, burnt leek and apple puree, followed by incredible flavour combinations such as tamarind duck with salt baked celeriac. From the subtly spicy Atul’s chicken tikka pie to a contemporary Hawkyns Fish & Chips, there’s plenty to try.

Atul Kochhar commented: “I’m incredibly excited about the opening of Hawkyns.  This is going to be my first restaurant offering a modern approach to traditional British cuisine.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do”.

Reservations: To make a booking, click here, email or phone 01494 721 541
Where to find it: 16 High St, Amersham HP7 0DH

Claire Smyth to open Notting Hill restaurant this summer

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Claire Smyth, who became the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars whilst chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, has unveiled news that she’s secured the location for her first solo venture in the heart of Notting Hill.

After almost a decade at the helm of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, the talented chef left in April 2016 to set up her own restaurant whilst remaining within the Group on a consultancy basis.

After many months of speculation, anticipation and planning delays throughout 2016, Claire has now signed a 15-year lease on the 3,921-sqft space in Notting Hill, with the restaurant expected to open in early summer 2017.

The restaurant at 92 Kensington Park Road is within a mixed use building owned by leading property agent, Amazon Property. The site will be remodeled extensively before reopening. With the name still to be unveiled, the venue will be housed within the historic Victorian building – first built in 1861 and modernised in the 1960s as a restaurant known as the fashionable Leith’s.

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