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London Restaurant Royalty Will Close Low-Key Luxury Brasserie in North London

Corbin and King will close Bellanger in Islington, but announce a new, unnamed opening in Notting Hill Gate

Bellanger restaurant in Islington N1 will reopen as Wolseley owners Corbin and King announce London restaurant plans after lockdown Bellanger [Official Photo]

Jeremy King, of Corbin and King — the owners of The Wolseley, Delaunay, and Brasserie Zedel — has announced that the company will close Bellanger, the group’s French brasserie in Islington. He also said plans were afoot for a new opening in Notting Hill Gate, west London.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you that, after over three years trading, we have decided to cease trading Bellanger on Sunday 11th August,” King wrote in his newsletter today.

“It is a great shame but, although we loved being in Islington, we just couldn’t make it the success we aspired to – unlike as has been in the case of Soutine [the group’s newest restaurant in St John’s Wood, its only other neighbourhood spot.]

He said that the numbers didn’t work: “Much as it had been a great critical success this wasn’t matched financially. And although we continued to trade for much longer than less patient operators might have persevered there came a point where we had to be pragmatic and move on to concentrate on new projects — the birth of Manzi’s in Soho, Notting Hill and indeed another rather interesting opportunity on the horizon.”

Soutine is the duo’s latest neighbourhood restaurant in St. John’s Wood, which is one of London’s hottest restaurants for winning formula of European classics, accessible luxury, and polished service, the formula that Corbin and King trace across their now seven-strong portfolio without ever letting it become formulaic. Manzi’s, a new Soho seafood restaurant in Bateman’s Buildings, is in the works.

About the Notting Hill restaurant, he said: “I am delighted to tell you that, after many years of searching, we have just confirmed the acquisition of a new site in Notting Hill Gate.

He was unable to “divulge further information just yet” but added that said it promised “to be just the site and location we have been seeking.”

The group’s critically acclaimed portfolio also includes essential London restaurant The Wolseley, on Piccadilly, as well as The Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel, Colbert, and Fischers, in Marylebone.

More soon.

Soutine

60 Saint John's Wood High Street, , England NW8 7SH 020 3926 8448 Visit Website

The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, , England WC2B 4BB 020 7499 8558 Visit Website

London

, , England Visit Website

Brasserie Zédel

20 Sherwood Street, , England W1F 7ED 020 7734 4888 Visit Website

Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square, , England SW1W 8AX 020 7730 2804 Visit Website

Bellanger

9 Islington Green, , England N1 2XH 020 7226 2555 Visit Website

The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, , England W1J 9EB 020 7499 6996 Visit Website

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