London’s restaurant scene might seem like it’s in rude health – I mean, we can hardly keep up with the relentless waves of new openings, and we’re the pros. But 2017 has seen more than its fair share of sad departures, too. We’ve touched on the most notable below, in a round-up of edible obits.
This Chelsea Indian shuttered just a week after winning a Michelin star. Weird, huh?
London lurves the super-slick Cantonese joint Hakkasan – but its equally revered City offshoot? Not so much (it closed in the autumn).
Tom Kerridge at The Rib Room
Never mind closing – TK’s first London venture disappeared before it even opened.
M Manze, Chapel Market
It was Islington’s salty stalwart. Chapel Market simply won’t be the same without those eels.
Bye-bye Bruno Loubet – the ace French chef departed Granary Square for a retirement return to his old life in Oz.
Barnyard and Dabbous
Foodie wunderkind and critics’ fave Ollie Dabbous shut down both his Fitzrovia pads – but he's still knocking it out of the park at Henrietta.
Alas, the Dalston originator of 2016’s super-sweet Insta classic is no more.
The super breezy, Cali-eating café’s departure was one of this winter’s gloomiest.
Duke’s Brew & Que
The super-sudden disappearance of brewery/barbecue joint Duke’s deprived Haggerston of some of the city’s best ribs.
We’re clucking sad to see this high-quality, not for profit Tottenham chicken shop fly the coop.
Cue the pining of the ‘Made in Chelsea’ cast and ‘trad’ Alpine garb-makers alike.
That wasn’t all, either. Here are the rest of the joints that took (or are imminently taking) a bow in 2017: Foxlow Stoke Newington, Klub Trop, FRHappy, Koffmann's at The Berkeley, Belpassi Bros, Queen's, Toasted, Boundary, Butifarra, Nape by Cannon & Cannon, Cure + Cut, Food Store Irving Street, The Manor (it's reopening as an Italian, mind), James Cochran N1 (though it was supposedly a pop-up), Modern Pantry Finsbury Square (proof that a decent place going corporate ain’t a good thing), Veneta (ditto), Ebury, Embassy East, The Richmond, Club Mexicana at Pamela (it WAS a residency, though, and they're still going at Dinerama), Bread Ahead Seven Dials and Dock Kitchen.
Don’t fear: there’s new stuff coming, too. Here’s our list of London restaurants opening soon.
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