London Restaurant Festival announces line-up, including Michel and Emily Roux, Tom Aikens and Anne-Sophie Pic
The festival, which hopes to celebrate the best of the capital’s cooking, this year boasts more than 50 happenings including tastings and restaurant tours spread out across the entire of October.
Among the biggest names to take part are Emily and Michel Roux, representing Emily’s restaurant Caractère, Russell Norman the one-time Polpo man making a grand comeback with Trattoria Brutto — and Tom Aikens with Muse. Other big names on the bill include Nieves Barragan at Soho’s acclaimed Sabor and Anne-Sophie Pic’s La Dame de Pic; the two Michelin star restaurant by Tower Hill is laying on a special menu for festival attendees, as will Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan, hit barbecue restaurant Smokestak and Indian restaurant group Kricket, who will be plating up a “greatest hits” menu of the dishes that made the chain’s name.
Simon Davis, who co-founded the festival with Fay Maschler — this paper’s restaurant critic for some 48 years — said of this year’s offering: “London Restaurant Festival is a city-wide celebration of London restaurants and has been for the last 12 years. It stands as a key pillar among dining events both for restaurants and restaurant go-ers across the city.”
The festival’s director, Chris Wright, added: “After 18 really tough months for the restaurant industry, it is great news that we can show our commitment and support to London’s restaurants. With over 200 restaurants participating across LRF Events and Festival Menus, the line-up is a real reflection of the wonderful diversity of London’s restaurant scene.”
AUTHOR: David Ellis
DATE PUBLISHED: 27th of September, 2021
PHOTO CREDIT: Standard.co.uk/theresident.co.uk