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A-Lister Paradise Brings in Chef With Michelin Star Pedigree for Long-Awaited Reopening

Julie’s will reopen in Holland Park in time for its fiftieth year

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Julie’s Restaurant London will reopen in Holland Park after fifty years serving celebrities Alex Lentati/Evening Standard/Rex Features

Julie’s, the Holland Park restaurant best known for attracting a hypebeast clientele of A-listers and lying about organic meat, has brought in a chef with Michelin star pedigree for its reopening in west London.

Shay Cooper, formerly executive chef at The Goring hotel before Nathan Outlaw moved in with Siren, will take over the kitchen in September 2019, which coincides with the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Moss and Diana, Princess of Wales all visited the restaurant in its heyday, before plans by owners Tim and Cathy Herring to downsize the restaurant were rejected by Kensington and Chelsea council amid the objections of 24 local residents.

The restaurant was perhaps best known for its “honeycomb” of small dining spaces, many lined with plants and surfeits of mirrors and all designed by founder Julie Hodgess. Details on the new menu are light at present, but modern British cuisine is the watchword — it remains to be seen whether it can recapture its reputation and draw back in the celebrities, now most often found at Richard Caring’s Annabel’s, Marylebone’s Chiltern Firehouse, or... Annabel’s.

More soon.

Julie’s, 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW

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