The Bibendum Oyster Bar reopens in the ground floor of Michelin House on Monday 4 November following a redesign by founding partner Sir Terence Conran and Richard Doone of Paramount Architects and there’s a brand new all-day menu and breakfast menu too.
Conran and Doone have worked together to reimagine this classic space, first opened in 1987. The new design incorporates specially-commissioned glass screens that cover part of the open forecourt, ensuring that the bar stays warm in winter and light and airy during the summer.
The flower stall has been replaced by a large new open kitchen and a rebuilt display for crustacea but don’t worry, the classic design features of Michelin House – those carefully reconstructed stained glass windows, original tiling and mosaic floor – continue to shine. They will be complemented by new aluminum tables from the Barcelonan studio Indecasa, and simple, elegant steel chairs by the iconic French brand, Tolix.
The breakfast menu includes Viennoiserie, Eggs Bibendum (poached eggs, English muffin, duxelles and hollandaise sauce) and the full Bibendum cooked breakfast. Head Chef Matthew Harris and Simon Hopkinson have devised a new all-day menu with the vast Bibendum platter of fruits de mer as the centrepiece. There are also non seafood alternatives. The menu is divided into sections: Nibbles (Quail’s eggs with spiced sea salt, and Parmesan biscuits), On Buttered Sourdough Toast (Chopped avocado, prawns & jalapeño, and Scotch woodcock), Substantial Dishes (Boudin noir and Roast quail with sage) and Substantial Salads (Frisée with lardons and poached egg).
There will also be a Daily Roast, served with potato salad and watercress and Cheese & Biscuits and Desserts (Petit pot au chocolat, Apricot and almond tart with Jersey cream). Look out for the separate sandwich menu and seafood takeaway with weekend take-home lobster specials from the Crustacea Stall. Upstairs, in the main restaurant, business continues with its full à la carte menu.