Pimlico’s Lorne restaurant to reopen following flooding

Lorne restaurant in London’s Pimlico is set to reopen after it was devastated by flash floods, and the restaurant has been closed since 29 May.

The restaurant ran by sommelier Katie Exton and chef Peter Hall is located on one of the most popular dining spots in the vicinity of Victoria station.

A statement issued by Exton said: “The forced closure has been much longer than we ever thought, but Pete and I both felt it was important to take every measure to get Lorne back to exactly where we were before the flood. Luckily we have been able to retain most of our staff, who have been using the break to help out in other restaurants and so we hope it should be business as usual at Lorne pretty soon.

“There won’t be any big changes at Lorne, we’ll keep doing what we were doing before and everyone is looking forward to welcoming back the familiar faces of our regulars and hopefully seeing lots of new faces too.”

Restaurant manager Angus Davies said at the time of the floods: “Our little restaurant was severely flooded on Tuesday 29th May and we have had to close temporarily.

“All the team here are gutted and are working very hard to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. We can’t say at the moment when we will be able to reopen so we are not taking any reservations for June or July.”

Lorne was beginning to gather widespread acclaim, with favourable reviews from the likes of Giles Coren and Grace Dent.

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