Celebrities. They’re always trying to steal the limelight away from us mere mortals and now they’re trying to nab away the charm of opening a restaurant from us too! But, of course, we’ve rounded up our favourite eight celebrity owned restaurants because let’s face it, grabbing a pint next to Sir Ian McKellen sounds like a pretty cool story we’d love to tell the grandkids… Here’s where to head:
We’re in love with these shapes you’ve created, Ed Sheeran.
Having perfecting his musical craft by busking the streets of Ipswich, Ed has since flourished into one of the world’s top rated musicians, but last year saw him turn his hand to something a little different: setting up a restaurant.
Introducing Bertie Blossoms, the new neighbourhood dining experience you need to get your mitts on. Designed to look a little like a local boozer, all that’s left to do is pull up a pew, grab yourself a pint and ponder on why Ed decided to name the resto Bertie Blossoms…
WHERE: 323 PORTOBELLO ROAD, NOTTING HILL, W10 5SY
One restaurant that’s driving us crazy is Lewis Hamilton’s veggie endeavour, Neat Burger.
Yep, Formula-One driver Lewis Hamilton has joined the hospitality craze and opened up his vegan burger joint last summer. Neat Burger is essentially a fast-food chain but delivers on sustainability and deliciousness!
Working in collaboration with plant-based pioneers Beyond Meat and The Eden Projects, the burgers are nourishing and tasty. Plus, for every product sold at Neat Burger, a tree is planted in response.
Think fast-food but without the guilt – thanks Lew!
WHERE: 4 PRINCES STREET, W1B 2LE
Who’d have thought Guy Ritchie and David Beckham would join forces and buy a 3 million-pound pub in Notting Hill? Not us, but we’re sure glad they did because it’s become a haven for the locals.
Yep, the pair, one famed for kicking a ball around, the other for making some big ballsy movies, came together to re-open the Warmer Castle, close to the former England captain’s home in Holland Park. We’re still waiting for that “Soho House-style” refurb though…
Danish brewery joined forces with Rick Astley to open up the first Mikkeller in the UK.
The idea first came about after the success of the collaboration beer ‘Astley’s Northern Hop Lager’, and from that a friendship sparked between Astley and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Fast forward a couple of years and they’ve since opened up a bar in Shoreditch.
They hoped to make a bar that stands out against other beer bars and pubs in London, and they’ve certainly achieved it. Head down for a pint to see it all in action.
Idris Elba is keeping busy… Luther star, Idris Elba, has joined forces with David Farber, founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, to launch an exciting bar and shop, and it’s scheduled to land later this month. Porte Noire will celebrate the brand itself, offering a wide selection of international wines, cheese and charcuteries, and a brasserie-style menu.
Hosting space for up to 70 guests, the new bar and shop will be home to around 800 wine bins, as well as one of the largest fine wine tasting rooms in London. Expect rare wines, many of which will be available to purchase by the bottle too.
On the food menu, there’ll be French brasserie favourites, from Oeuf meurette – a classic Burgundian dish of poached eggs in a rich red wine sauce; and Slow cooked beef cheek with pommes purée and leek persillade.
WHERE: GASHOLDER 10 UNIT A, 1 LEWIS CUBITT SQUARE, N1C 4BY
The Wealthy Beggar
Obsessed with Emily in Paris? Well, you can now get your fix right here in London thanks to the show’s heartthrob Lucien Laviscount opening up a bar in North London.
Named The Wealthy Beggar, this ‘five-star dive bar’ serves up a seriously good cocktail, weekly DJ sets and an eclectic food menu overseen by head chef Gareth Drew. Find more about Lucien’s bar here.
The most successful example of celebrity restaurant owners has to be Robert De Niro, who encouraged Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (Nobu) to open the first Nobu in New York in 1994. Having put up the cash to get the restaurant off the ground it was only a matter of time until Nobu became a global empire of 29 restaurants.
Nobu London Old Park Lane is the perfect place to meet friends for a catch up over delicious Japanese cuisine and try some of their famed signature dishes.
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WHERE: 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB
From the limelight to Limehouse, Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen owns The Grapes, the East End boozer-cum-gastropub. The pub’s been serving pints for over 500 years and was once a favourite with Charles Dickens (who mentions it in the opening chapter of Our Mutual Friend). Nowadays the restaurant serves up dishes including Ian McKellen branded dishes like the “Sir Ian Meaty Shepherds Pie.”