We often describe new restaurant openings as vibrant, but boy oh boy does this one live up to the label! The Wellington, opening on the 19th of September, is a Damien Hirst dream come true, set to turn the heads of any lover of the eccentric. Joining other city staples such as Wiltons, Rowley’s and 45, The Wellington will cut its teeth at 91 Jermyn Street, a wee walk away from The Ritz.
If you have your ear to the restaurant openings ground the you’ll likely know about this opening. Brett Duarte, formerly executive chef of the Gaucho Group will be throwing flames in the kitchen to immerse guests in a menu of Modern Europe, such as crispy ox cheeks, hand-dived Orkney scallops and Cornish Dover sole. Further vegcentric additions to the menu include acorn squash ravioli with sage, parmesan, patty pan, hazelnuts and black truffle… Taxi to The Wellington please!
The restaurant actually sits as a (very) welcome addition to The Wellington Club, which has been kicking about since 1832, but you don’t have to be a Kate Moss or Bono (regular attendees) to visit, as non-members too can revel in its eclectic nature. Whilst indulging to the tune of trailblazing DJs and other pop-known names, you can take in the sights of contemp art and artefacts by Damien Hirst. The showstoppers? His spray painted shark, Disco Skull and The Hours, as well as other hand-painted, graffiti originals by the Turner Prize-winner.