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:

The Wellington Club

When Damien Hirst is involved you know you’re in for a culinary treat, with a little help from Brett Duarte, formerly the executive chef of the Gaucho Group, of course.

Known for being one of England’s wildly entertaining artists, The Wellington Club follows suit on extravagance when it comes to interiors. From the skull-inspired disco ball hanging from the ceiling to the spray painted shark, you can expect quite the eyeful when you wine and dine into the night here.

On the food front, Brett Duarte and his culinary team are paving a new way for European cuisine with a drastic modern spin. A personal favourite is the tasting of asparagus with tomato fondue, parmesan and truffle, and you’d be foolish miss the whole Cornish dover sole meunière.

Damien Hirst has pulled it out of the bag once again.

where: 91 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6JB
website: www.thewellington.club 

Bertie Blossoms 

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
WEBSITE: WWW.BERTIEBLOSSOMS.COM

Neat Burger

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
WEBSITE: WWW.NEAT-BURGER.COM

Where: The Walmer Castle Pub, 58 Ledbury Road, W11 2AJ
Website: www.walmercastlenottinghill.co.uk

Walmer Castle

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…

Mikkeller

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.

where: 2-4 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NS
Website: www.mikkeller.com

Porte Noire

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
WEBSITE: WWW.PORTENOIRE.CO.UK

Nobu London

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.

WHERE: 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB
WEBSITE: WWW.NOBURESTAURANTS.COM

The Grapes

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.”


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