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August 20, 2013

Restaurant by Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton to Open in Ian Schrager’s The London EDITION

By Chris Boyle

jason therton_Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is launching his latest restaurant at The London EDITION Hotel this September.

The restaurant, Berners Tavern, will be a gathering place for all-day dining and entertaining, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and late supper in the hotel, which is located on Berners Street in London’s Fitzrovia.

Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen at Berners Tavern, creating a contemporary British menu. The restaurant will be accessible via a separate entrance and will seat 140 covers.

In partnership with Marriot International, The London EDITION opening in September marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in 15 years.

“I’m really excited to be working with Ian Schrager and Marriott,” said Jason. “The menu will be simple yet elegant, using the best of British ingredients and change of seasons.”

In keeping with the design of the hotel, the menu at Berners Tavern is inspired by the traditions of Great Britain and will feature the very best produce that the British Isles has to offer. Sample dishes include Orkney scallop Carpaccio served with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime; chargrilled quail served with Alsace bacon, smoked tomato jam, shallot and parsley; and grass fed Baccleuch estate cuts of beef cooked on a charcoal grill.

Berners Tavern will celebrate traditional and iconic British dishes, such as fish Friday’s with weekly specials, as well as the heralded Sunday roast with fine cuts of Red Ruby beef from the heart of Devon served with all the trimmings.

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Inspired by the classic muted colors of Johannes Vermeer paintings and American artist Donald Judd, Berners Tavern has taupe coloured walls, dusty rose chairs, with a subtle play between modern and period design.

Tub chairs in the front of the space create a café setting, while banquettes covered in chestnut mohair and taupe leather and round; rift-cut bleached oak tables define the central dining area. Two large custom bronze chandeliers, inspired by NYC’s Grand Central Station, scale down the original 5.5m (18ft) ceilings to make the space more intimate. 

The walls are adorned with a series of photographic portraits, landscapes and still life, curated as if a private collection. The zinc-topped bar is paired with custom leather upholstered bar stools and sits in front an illuminated, amber-backed display.

Located above Berners Tavern is the private dining room; an exclusive, intimate space which seats up to 14. The modern, long dark walnut table with rose upholstered chairs is placed under an original historic skylight with custom lighting, the ideal space for VIP dining.

Set within a grand dining room and offering guests a menu for all-day dining, Berners Tavern at The London EDITION is set to become a destination for local London foodies and international jet setters alike.


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