The GFG Briefing | 3 November 2017
Published 03 November 2017

Chef Leandro Carreira

News from Leandro Carreira, The Square, Tom Kerridge and more

Former Lyle’s chef opens Portuguese-inspired restaurant

Portuguese-born former Lyle’s chef Leandro Carreira opens his debut restaurant in Southwark later this month. Carreira, who also worked at Koya and Nuno Mendes’ Viajante, says the food at Londrino ‘observes the flavours, traditions and ingredients’ from his native Portugal, through the eyes of a chef who now calls London home.

The Square reopens its doors with new executive chef

Mayfair restaurant The Square, which reopens its doors on November 20 after a major re-design, has announced the appointment of its new executive chef. Clément Leroy will take over the role following the departure of Philip Howard in 2016. Leroy was previously at Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly and Guy Savoy’s eponymous Paris restaurant. His debut menu at The Square will including signature dishes such as crisp red mullet, graffiti aubergine, shiitake, Sarawak pepper, and roasted milk-fed veal sweetbreads with squid, black truffle and grapefruit.

Second opening confirmed for A.Wong

Andrew Wong will open a second restaurant at London’s Bloomberg Arcade development in the spring of 2018. Although the name of the new restaurant has yet to be confirmed, it is thought that it will offer casual, all-day dining and feature many of the chef’s signature dishes from A.Wong in Victoria.

Second dining room opens at Lancashire’s Moor Hall

Moor Hall, which entered the GFG’s Top 50 restaurants in its first year, has launched a second dining room, adding an extra 65 covers to the restaurant-with-rooms in Aughton, near Ormskirk. Called The Barn, the new restaurant has an open kitchen and there are plans to add a bakery, meat-aging and curing room and a mini brewery to the site in 2018. Typical dishes at The Barn include mushroom risotto with marrow and crispy chicken wing, and Herdwick lamb, broccoli, whey onions and anchovy.

New chef at the helm of the Oxford Kitchen

Paul Welburn has been named as the new executive chef at the Oxford Kitchen in Summertown, Oxford, taking over from John Footman. Welburn was previously head chef of Rhodes W1 and competed in the 2014 Great British Menu. His new menu will include confit duck egg with Jerusalem artichoke and hazelnuts, and monkfish with black gnocchi, cuttlefish ragu and pickled lemon.

New head chef at The Drapers Arms

Islington pub The Drapers Arms has a new head chef. Gina Hopkins has been replaced by Luke Frankie, who previously worked under Stevie Parle at the Dock Kitchen, Skye Gyngell’s Spring in Somerset House and Jamie Oliver’s Old Street restaurant Fifteen.

Tom Kerridge opens a pub with its own butchers

Tom Kerridge is opening a pub and butchers close to his flagship Marlow restaurant the Hand & Flowers. The Butcher’s Tap will function as a butchers and bar during the day, then from 5pm the space will serve a meat-led menu including braised faggots, hotpots and homemade pies.