It was with a heavy heart that we learned news of London institution Richoux becoming a casualty of the pandemic, along with the rest of the Dining Street empire, in the early throes of 2021. Richoux restaurants have been serving tea and more substantial fodder to Londoners for over 100 years – with the group spreading its wings to open branches in the Middle East.
It’s a joy, then, that chef-custodians Jamie Butler and Lewis Spencer are stepping in to save the brand, preserving its heritage while bestowing on it their own touches – honed while working together in the kitchens of Moor Hall. In its elegant, chandelier-adorned dining room, arrive early to sample Jamie’s signature cruffins: a flaky cross between a muffin and a croissant, filled with flavours including vanilla bean and raspberry. Or come later to tuck into a French-inspired, all-day menu of crowd-pleasers including French onion soup, Welsh rarebit and a croque monsieur.
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Wednesday 23 February
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