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November 21, 2013

Restaurateur Des McDonald to Open British Brasserie at Rosewood London

By Chris Boyle

holborn dining room_Restaurateur Des McDonald is opening a classic British brasserie and delicatessen at luxury London hotel Rosewood London.

Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen, due to open in February 2014, will offer classic British cuisine in a refined, historic setting.

Previously the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen forms part of the newly opened Rosewood London, which has been meticulously restored from a 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building.

Situated on the ground floor of the hotel, with direct access from High Holborn, Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen will bring a fun, vibrant atmosphere to the traditional heritage of the property.

McDonald said: “I am delighted to be opening Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen. It is a truly exciting project – an amazing room set in midtown London, featuring a menu of classic dishes with a few modern twists, using the best of British ingredients.”

Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The kitchen will be overseen by Lee Bull, group executive chef for Des McDonald Restaurants Etc Ltd.

The head chefs will be Steve Collins, previously head chef of Quaglino’s, and David Burke, former executive chef of Le Pont De La Tour and The Wolseley.

Paul McKenna, operations manager for Des McDonald Restaurants Etc Ltd, will be the general manager. The bar will be run by Goran Mulabdic, former bar manager at Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy.

The menu, comprised of traditional British dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients, is divided into eight sections: Bar Snacks, Cold Counter, Hot Counter, Grill, English Kitchen, Sides, Sandwiches and Afters.
Starters include Ham Hock and Foie Gras Terrine and Cornish Crab Bisque from the Hot and Cold Counters, while main courses such as Sterlingshire Porter House Steak and Wild Halibut Steak can be selected from the Grill section.

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The English Kitchen section offers additional main course options, including Highland Partridge and Steak and ‘Camden Ink’ Suet Pudding. Sides include McDonald’s signature London Particular Fritters. Desserts feature retro favourites such as Steamed Jam Sponge and Banana with Custard. A High Tea menu with delectable Fish Finger Sandwiches with Tartare Sauce, Welsh Rabbit and cake of the day will also be on offer.

Adjoining the brasserie is Holborn Delicatessen, which opens directly onto High Holborn, and will sell a range of coffees, teas, sandwiches, soups and salads for those on the move. Guests will also be able to choose from an array of hand-picked British products including bread, charcuterie, marmalades, clotted cream and locally produced cheeses.

The restaurant’s interior, designed by Martin Brudnizki, will mirror the cuisine’s traditional British style. With impressive chandeliers, reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and leather upholstery, the 160 cover restaurant will offer a relaxed atmosphere, coupled with sophistication and glamour.

The dining room includes a bar and a dining counter (seating 40), each topped with aged copper and patina brass and leads to The Terrace (seating 40) in the hotel’s peaceful inner courtyard, where guests can dine alfresco, or enjoy a fine cigar.

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