The Connaught Grill will be returning to its original home next year, almost 20 years after it first closed its doors in 2000.
The 46-seat venue will be located on the ground floor of the The Connaught in Mayfair, the site where it first opened as an “iconic” restaurant in 1955.
Interior architect John Heah will lead the design for the new incarnation, bringing a “contemporary interpretation” to its historical image. The Connaught will also be working with George Nakashima woodworkers to create bespoke wall panels, tables and chairs.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will direct the new kitchen and menu, and hopes to bring his “modern interpretation of a classic grill” to the venue. He will be working with an open kitchen and wood-burning grill and rotisserie.
The menu is set to offer British sourced produce, and include ingredients from langoustines and Dover sole, to British game and seasonal vegetable dishes. Wine from The Connaught wine cellar will also be on offer.
Vongerichten said: “There will also be a homage to classics from the old Connaught Grill, including, of course ‘Oeuf en surprise au Connaught’ which I remember so well on my first visit there. I am honoured to play a part in bringing The Connaught Grill back to life in London.”
Co-owner Paddy McKillen added: “Ever since we started the project of restoring The Connaught way back in 2008, I have dreamt of breathing life back into The Connaught Grill, a mythical restaurant that somehow captures a special place in guests’ hearts.
“We are bringing the Grill back to be discovered by a new generation, a Connaught Grill of today not yesterday, using craftsmen and chefs of today, but with the spirit and old school charm of the legendary Connaught Grill.”