Henry Harris, who ran Racine — a popular French bistro in Knightsbridge for 12 years — has been named as director of the Truscott Arms gastropub between Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale. The pub was forced to close — due to reported rent increases — last August.
The Evening Standard report that Harris has been named director of the pub-restaurant, which is scheduled to reopen later this year. Although Harris’ reported role is as director, Eater London understands that the chef will have a role in the kitchen as well as sitting on the board of directors of the company who have acquired the site. Eater London also understands that the project on the former site of The Truscott Arms is just one of a number of new restaurants planned by the unnamed private equity company.
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) rules require that the site will be renamed, however the new name for the pub is not expected to be announced until September. Before The Truscott Arms, the venue was The Shirland Hotel.
The format of the pub and restaurant is not expected to change — with the ground-floor remaining as a pub and the first-floor dining room being the site’s principal restaurant space. Harris told the Evening Standard that the food would be a combination of British and French cuisine and that the site’s famed Sunday roast lunch would be reintroduced.
- Former Racine chef Henry Harris behind relaunch of The Truscott Arms [Evening Standard]