The GFG Briefing | 23 February 2018
Published 23 February 2018

Ramael Scully is opening an eponymous restaurant in London's St James's Market

News this week including a new restaurant for former Ottolenghi head chef Ramael Scully and expansion for Farringdon's Quality Chop House

Former Nopi head chef to open his own London restaurant in March

Ramael Scully, the former head chef of Ottolenghi’s Nopi, will open his first restaurant next month. Called simply Scully, the Ottolenghi-backed restaurant in London’s St James’s Market will focus on capturing the flavours of the chef’s culinary heritage, from his childhood home in Malaysia to the kitchens in Sydney where he trained, to his travels in the Middle East, Russia and Europe, including more than a decade working with Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The menu will feature dishes such as baby beetroot jerky and green cardamom cream; grilled octopus, salt baked avocado and black garlic, and crispy pork hock, Brussels sprouts sambal, lime and beer mustard. Scully opens on March 1.

Launch date set for Aiden Byrne’s new Manchester restaurant

Aiden Byrne’s new rooftop restaurant in Manchester will open on March 1. Situated on the 19th-floor of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories will feature a restaurant, grill, bar, and a roof garden with views of the Manchester city skyline. The modern British menus will celebrate local produce, with fresh vegetables coming directly from the restaurant’s own farm in Cheshire, and meat sourced from small suppliers throughout Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. Dishes include rabbit loin with roasted langoustine, carrot and green olives, and grilled turbot, savoy cabbage and Morteau sausage

New head chef announced for Corrigan’s Mayfair

Richard Corrigan has announced the appointment of fellow Irishman Aidan McGee as his new chef at Corrigan’s Mayfair. McGee previously worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Truscott Arms. At Corrigan’s Mayfair he’ll be focusing on cooking the best of Irish produce at Corrigan’s flagship Mayfair restaurant, and making the most of the weekly deliveries from the Corrigan’s Estate, Virginia Park Lodge in Cavan, Ireland. Corrigan said: ‘It’s great to have Aidan on board. We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Corrigan’s Mayfair this year and Aidan will help to build on our success by cooking some of the finest Irish and British fare in West London.’

J Sheekey launches a series of supper clubs from guest chefs

Iconic London seafood restaurant J Sheekey is launching a series of supper clubs in its Atlantic Bar, hosting guest chefs from around the UK to celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Each chef will collaborate on a one-off, three-course menu with executive head chef Andrew McLay, and cook alongside him in the J Sheekey kitchen for up to 50 guests. The series kicks off on February 27 with Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay and continue with Mark Sergeant of Rocksalt in Kent and Bruce Rennie of The Shore in Cornwall. Tickets are priced at £50 per person, which includes a minimum of three courses and excludes drinks, booking fee and service charge. To book tickets, go to

Farringdon’s Quality Chop House to open a cafe next door

Farringdon's Quality Chop House is opening a cafe next to its restaurant and shop. Occupying what was previously a wine shop, the cafe will open in early March serving bacon sandwiches in the morning, plates of cheese and charcuterie throughout the day and lunchtime dishes such as hot porchetta, crackling and apple purée sandwiches, and beef and ale stew with dumplings and pearl barley.

Catch up on last week's news here