The GFG Briefing | 22 March 2019
Published 22 March 2019

Simon Rogan will open a trackside restaurant for the summer season at Cartmel Racecourse

Simon Rogan to open pop-up at Cartmel Racecourse, Gordon Ramsay's new London restaurant to have Asian influence, Birmingham chef Adam Stokes announces seafood restaurant and Maison Bab sibling to serve kebab tasting menu

Simon Rogan’s new Cartmel restaurant promises to be a racing cert

Simon Rogan will open a pop-up restaurant for the summer season at Cartmel Racecourse. Rogan & Co at Cartmel Races will be the first trackside hospitality offering at the Racecourse and occupy a glass-fronted marquee and garden terrace overlooking the finishing straight. The three-course menu will feature home-grown and locally sourced ingredients, many of which are grown by Rogan’s team a mile down the road from Cartmel. Tickets will start from £159 per person and include the meal plus paddock tickets, race cards, racing papers and parking.

Gordon Ramsay to open new Asian-inspired restaurant in Mayfair this summer

Gordon Ramsay has announced the launch of his first new London restaurant in five years. Lucky Cat will open on the Grosvenor Square site previously occupied by Maze, which Ramsay ran with Jason Atherton. Inspired by 1930s Tokyo drinking dens, Lucky Cat will be an ‘authentic Asian eating house’ and the head chef will be Benjamin Orpwood. The menu, which will include Asian small plates and dishes cooked on a Robata grill, is reported to include Orkney scallop, yuzu and sweetcorn hot sauce, wasabi leaf and finger lime, and chawanmushi (steamed savoury custard) topped with luxury ingredients including truffle, mushrooms, and caviar. Lucky Cat is expected to open this summer.

Birmingham chef Adam Stokes to open a new fish and seafood restaurant

The chef-patron of Birmingham’s Adam’s restaurant is opening a second restaurant in the city. The Oyster Club by Adam Stokes will specialise in fish and seafood, with a dedicated oyster bar and small plates including crab on toast, moules marinière and fish and chips. The Oyster Club will be open all day seven days a week with tables bookable in the lower restaurant area and a no reservations policy in the bar. Bookings open on April 1.

Maison Bab team to launch a ten-seat restaurant with kebab tasting menu

The team behind Maison Bab and Le Bab is opening a new restaurant in Covent Garden next month. Called Kebab Queen, the kitchen will be headed up by ex-Le Gavroche sous chef Manu Canales and offer a seven-course kebab-inspired menu. Kebab Queen on Mercer Walk will have an open kitchen and counter seating for ten diners. Dishes will include chargrilled monkfish and chicken skin shish kebab and a doner risotto made with lamb jus and lamb tongue. The seven-course menu will cost £60.

Gary Usher smashes crowdfunding target for Manchester restaurant

Gary Usher has successfully hit the crowdfunding target for his new Manchester restaurant, Kala. Usher, who has crowdfunded previous restaurants including Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle and Wreckfish, aimed to raise £100,000 in five days but smashed the target in just 11 hours.

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