Weep no more, former Racine regulars. Henry Harris, the much-loved chef and restaurateur celebrated for his services to francophilia, has partnered with James McCulloch, owner of The Harcourt in Marylebone, to acquire three endangered London pubs and fill them with good food and wine.
Not only will Harris be Frenchifying Sunday lunches at the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale from February next year, sending out seven-hour-roasted shoulder of lamb with rosemary, as well as the traditional trencherman’s beef, but he will also be overseeing the menus at the legendary Clerkenwell Coach & Horses (from January) as part of its relaunch (expect choucroute, and confit duck), and, next month, The Three Cranes Tavern on Lower Thames Street in the City, which will specialise in grilled meats and fish and, for historical reasons, serious Bordeaux.
Classicist Harris, who started off at Leith’s, then worked for Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum, says: “I’m excited to be back in the kitchen. I see myself more as Admiral of the Fleet than chef-director, but it’s a great feeling to be planning menus for each of these dining rooms with these excellent new teams.”
A new name for the Truscott Arms will be announced prior to launch in November.