Former Dabbous chefs to open Wellbourne Brasserie at White City Place
Acclaimed chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy are set to open a new modern British brasserie in White City Place this April. The pair have worked in some of the UK’s leading kitchens, including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Launceston Place, The Square and The Vineyard in Berkshire. More recently, Gibbens was head chef at Dabbous – and Kennedy his sous chef.
Their latest venture, Wellbourne Brasserie, will feature a unique all-day dining menu that is simple, restrained and affordable, yet aims to exceed expectations with the quality of ingredients and attention to detail that Gibbens and Kennedy will bring.
The menu will include the likes of homemade crumpets served with Wellbourne Brasserie’s Own Hot Smoked Mackerel for breakfast, and mains such as Veal Holstein, Hen’s Egg, Lilliput Capers and Smoked Anchovy.
The team have imported a specialist Mibrasa charcoal oven from Spain and there will be a variety of dishes cooked over hot coals such as the delicious 50-Day Salt-aged Simmental Beef with Wild Juniper and Ross-on-Wye Green Asparagus, Sunflower Seed Praline and Salted Butter. There will also be a plat du jour – priced at £10 – which includes dishes such as Bavette, Chips and Aioli.
The brasserie will be relaxed and informal, but the quality and efficiency of service will, again, aim to exceed expectations. The front of house will be headed up by Manuel Muzzin, who has worked at numerous leading venues including The Square and Corrigan’s Mayfair.
The 40-seater brasserie will open Monday 16th April. It boasts an al fresco, south-facing terrace overlooking the green – where guests can dine and enjoy cocktails such as the brasserie’s signature Fennel Sazerac – as well as a 30-seater lounge bar and the Charles Packe private dining room – with a bespoke enomatic machine, named after Wellbourne’s fine dining space in Spain.
Head chef Gibbens is excited about the new venture: “we are thrilled to be opening Wellbourne Brasserie in White City Place. Our modern British brasserie offers an affordable and unique style of all-day dining. It is refined and restrained but with a real focus on quality. We also have a great wine and cocktail list and our south-facing terrace will be the perfect spot for al fresco dining and drinking.”
The London brasserie is the latest opening within the Wellbourne Group. Last year, Wellbourne Clifton – an informal neighbourhood restaurant in Bristol – opened its doors, followed by Wellbourne Salardu – a seasonal fine dining and après-ski restaurant in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Each venue has its own distinct offering, but the ethos of quality and informed dining in an informal environment is key to each.
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For further information visit the restaurant’s website here.