The Midland Grand Dining Room takes over the space formerly occupied by Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott within St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - pictured - housed within the grandeur of one of London’s most legendary and historical establishments, originally built in 1873. Parisian architect and designer Hugo Toro, who is also responsible for the recent (and stunning) redesign of Booking Office 1869, is leading the refurbishment. Originally a Dining and Coffee Room during the building's tenure as the Midland Grand Hotel in the late 19th and into the 20th century. Inspiration has been taken from the original Victorian features alongside a mix of mirrors, rattan and caning, wood columns and textured glass - with the result being a warm, light-filled room, complete with intimate corners and spacious banquettes.
Patrick Powell, of the highly acclaimed Allegra at Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford, will oversee the menu. Powell worked at top places including L’Ecrivain in Dublin and with Anthony Demetre at Wild Honey before spending years running the kitchen at the renowned Chiltern Firehouse - before opening Allegra and more recently taking over the kitchens at Booking Office 1869. Menus have resolute French origins - with signature dishes such as crab & elderflower pain perdu and Welsh lamb with Pommes Anna, ratatouille & whipped aubergine.
Crab & elderflower pain perdu; chicken liver parfait with a truffle & Madeira jelly and Grand Marnier soufflé; salad of English tomatoes, pesto rouge, pickled shallots & soft herbs; lamb with Pommes Anna, ratatouille & whipped aubergine; grilled Dover sole and Epping honey madeleines.
Le Pain cocktail - a digestif taking direct inspiration from Powell’s grandmother's soda bread, including Soda bread mix, Jameson, Guinness liquor, black walnut bitter and sweet vermouth.