The GFG Briefing | 16 March 2018
Published 16 March 2018

Former Allium chef Chris Staines is opening a new restaurant in Dorset

Chris Staines announces his next move, Michael Wignall pops up in London and Emily Roux reveals plans to open a restaurant

Chris Staines to open new restaurant at relaunched Dorset hotel

Former Allium chef Chris Staines is launching a new restaurant and hotel in Dorset. He has bought the Bridge House in Beaminster with business partner Silvana Bandini, the former assistant general manager of The Pig near Bath. Dating from the 13th century and once a clergy house, Bridge House includes a 50-cover dining room and has a covered terrace overlooking extensive grounds. After a refurbishment, the hotel and restaurant will relaunch in the summer.

The Stafford launches guest chef series with dinner by Michael Wignall

The Game Bird restaurant at London's Stafford hotel launches a new guest chef series on March 23 with a special dinner cooked by Michael Wignall. The former head chef of The Latymer and Gidleigh Park will cook a five-course meal, with dishes including aged West Country duck, black quinoa, charred onion, smoked fresh ricotta and nasturtium. Tickets are £80 including canapés and Champagne on arrival and available here.

Bocca di Lupo marks tenth anniversary with arrival of a new chef de cuisine

Angelo Albera has been named as the new chef de cuisine at Bocca di Lupo. The former head chef of London’s Cantina del Ponte will oversee the kitchen at Bocca di Lupo although Jacob Kenedy remains the Soho restaurant’s chef-patron. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Bocca di Lupo, which Kenedy opened with business partner Victor Hugo. The duo also opened the Cajun and Creole restaurant Plaquemine Lock in London’s Angel last year.

Emily Roux and husband to open debut restaurant later this year

Emily Roux has revealed plans to open a restaurant in London with her husband Diego Ferrari. Ferrari is currently head chef at Roux’s family restaurant Le Gavroche, where she has run pop-ups with her father, Michel Roux Jr. The site of Roux’s debut restaurant hasn’t been confirmed but she says it will offer a mix of French and Italian food in an informal setting.