Club Gascon — the Michelin-starred restaurant off Smithfield market in Farringdon — will close for refurbishment after dinner service this evening (10 August.) They are renovating the restaurant space, which first opened in 1998. It has held a Michelin star since 2002.
In an official statement, chef Pascal Aussignac said: “Club Gascon is where our brand's story began. I am committed to restoring the restaurant to its original beauty, ensuring that it retains its rightful place as one of the best and finest restaurants in the country.”
Eater London spoke to Thomas Rabuel, the General Manager, this lunchtime who said the decision followed their recent completion of a four-month refurbishment of the adjoining bar.
The team are planning for the restaurant refurbishments to take no more than two and half months, with a plan to re-open in mid-October.
Asked whether the restaurant would look much different when the works are completed, Rabuel said, “It would be not different in many ways but the ceiling, floor, tables and chairs will be changed as well the banquettes. The key differences will be a private dining room that will accommodate 10 guests and a new kitchen which will be three times bigger.”
It is unclear whether the menu format — a French sharing style concept currently — will be overhauled or re-introduced. More details are expected to be announced once the refurbishments begin.
Club Gascon is the flagship restaurant in the Gascon Connection group, founded by Aussignac and business partner Vincent Labeyrie. Comptoir Gascon — a more casual sister restaurant, — Cigalon, Baranis, Chip+Fish and Duck’N’Roll make up the group’s portfolio.
Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS.