Belgravia’s The Goring hotel has opened its first new restaurant in its 109 year history – the seafood focussed Siren.
Cornish seafood dining will herald a new era at the famous Belgravia hotel.
Guests at the genteel and quintessentially English bolthole are used to footmen dressed in gold-embroidered scarlet coats.
But, along with the new restaurant, the lounge and bar have now been given a seamless makeover.
The aim of the project was to put the garden centre stage.
“It was about keeping a style that was chic, comfortable and English and related to the garden,” says David Morgan-Hewitt, the managing director.
“It’s a celebration of the fact that this area overlooks the biggest private garden attached to any hotel in London.”
Admire the garden all year round
The new 60-cover restaurant is an entirely new space. It replaces the open-air veranda, which was at the mercy of the weather.
“We decided we wanted to turn the area into an all-year space, but not lose bringing the garden in,” says David.
Chef Nathan Outlaw will be at the helm.
Nathan runs a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Cornwall and is revered for his precise seafood cookery.
The hotel’s CEO Jeremy Goring, whose great grandfather Otto opened the hotel, was one of the team which masterminded the project.
Acclaimed interior designer Russell Sage (pictured) was also on board.
And, certainly, no stone has been left unturned. The project reportedly cost a cool £4 million.
“It’s real artisan work and costs a fortune,” says David.
The 18th-century plasterwork and hand-painted panels on Fromental gold-backed wallpaper are particularly beautiful.
“It feels like a proper contribution to the building. I can see it sitting here in 100 years’ time,” said Russell.
“It was a great pleasure. There are very few clients where you can actually go and work with proper artisans,” he added.
The statement lobster pots that hang above diners in the restaurant are one such example.
“We found this incredible glass artisan who made these breath taking glass lobsters and we had a lot of fun,” he said.
Russell Sage’s Belgravia studio
Russell set up his studio in Elizabeth Street in 2005.
Since then, he has established himself as one of the most sought-after interior designers.
He has been behind a plethora of projects ranging from the Royal Automobile Club to Dover Castle and a ping-pong club in Chicago.
When David says Siren is “the final piece of the jigsaw” for the hotel, Russell admits it holds a special place in his heart.
“I can honestly say that I really can’t think of anything else that we have ever done that means as much to me as this project,” he says.