The opening of the refurbished St. James's Hotel & Club has brought a German chef, something unusual in London restaurant circles. Dieter Müller comes from the Schlosshotel Lerbach in Bergisch-Gladbach, part of the small group owned by Thomas Althoff. Müller is now turning heads at the restaurant, Andaman. Andaman, St. James's Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Pl., St. James's, London SW1, 020-7629 7688.
Before you board Eurostar you can down a few glasses of bubbly at the Champagne Bar. Now you can also eat at the newly opened St. Pancras Grand restaurant. It's a beautiful room with a vaulted ceiling, mirrors and crisp tableware. On offer here is top British cooking. But the question is: do you want a last British meal before embarking for Lille, Paris or Brussels? If the success of the Champagne Bar is anything to go by, this will become a destination restaurant in its own right, particularly with chef Billy Reid (formerly at The Belvedere) in charge. St. Pancras Grand, St Pancras Station, Upper Concourse, St. Pancras Station, London NW1, 020-7870 9900.
York & Albany has opened in trendy, if a little alternative, Camden Town. It's part of the Gordon Ramsay empire, with Angela Hartnett in charge though chef Colin Buchan is cooking the modern European menu. There's a posh cocktail bar, two dining rooms and an eight-room hotel above. It's at the top of Parkway, looking to regal Regent's Park in one direction and the chic grunge of Camden the other way. York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, London NW1, 020-7388 3344.
Long-awaited Murano has opened in central London. It's the inspiration of Angela Hartnett, who was chef at The Connaught and is part of the Gordon Ramsay team. Hartnett's culinary roots are Italian and her talent with top ingredients simply but notably cooked shines through here in a relatively understated ambience. You'll have to book; it's one of the hottest tables in town, despite the prices which are central-London rather than rustic-Italy. Murano, 20-22 Queen St., London W1, 020-7592 1222.
It's Official: Pétrus is now Marcus Wareing at The BerkeleyChef Shuffle
Change your address book: the restaurant formerly known as Pétrus has been reborn as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley after the famous split between Marcus Wareing and his one-time boss then partner, Gordon Ramsay. The room remains the same, all dark purples, glistening glass and crisp, white linen, but the approach is slightly more relaxed. Ramsay's company retains the name however, so how long will it be before a second Pétrus pops up? Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1, 020-7235 1200.
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