Thursday, December 9, 2010

Two Michelin Stars at Annette's place??

News Flash: things are soon to start looking up for my kitchen, which could use some help. I received this press release in my mailbox today.

LONDON, 9 December 2010 – The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is delighted to announce an exciting addition to the London hospitality scene - The Gilbert Scott Restaurant, to be run by one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs, Marcus Wareing. The restaurant will open inside the historic hotel, featuring an exquisite David Collins designed interior that perfectly complements the stunning Victorian Gothic architecture of the iconic building.

Two-Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing said, “The minute I set foot in the hotel I just knew it was for me; the building is breathtaking and has an amazing sense of time and place that I knew I had to be a part of. I always wanted my second restaurant to be in a landmark location and thanks to the team at the St Pancras Renaissance I am now part of one of London’s most iconic buildings.”

Set in the heart of the historic building and occupying the original entrance hall and coffee room, the restaurant is sure to become one of the most desirable dining and bar destinations in the Capital. The Gilbert Scott will see Marcus Wareing take on the role of restaurant operator as he remains committed to his kitchen at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. The menu, designed by Marcus Wareing, will offer a unique take on British classics and the team at The Gilbert Scott will be led by Marcus’ protégé Chantelle Nicholson who will be taking the role of General Manager.

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London has been lovingly and masterfully restored to re-open 138 years to the day after the original Midland Grand Hotel and will once again become one of London’s most iconic hotels. In addition to the new 120 capacity restaurant and 52 capacity bar, guests at the 245-room St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London will be able to re-live the glamour of the Victorian era at The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant - re-created in the original ticket office, the 350 capacity ballroom, private club, barber’s shop and luxury spa.   Reservations are being taken from 1st March 2011.

Marcus Wareing 

About St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London will officially launch in London’s Kings Cross on 5th May 2011, 138 years exactly after the original hotel - The Midland Grand, opened.  The hotel exemplifies High Victorian Gothic architecture in its most dramatic sense having originally been designed and built by the foremost Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Earmarked for demolition in the 1960s the stunning redbrick building was thankfully saved by a protest led by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. Preserving the glamour of the old station and the romance of rail travel during the 1800s, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London will maintain its elegance and charm by offering global travellers a gateway to London in the form of one of the city’s greatest landmarks.  The opening of the hotel will mark the completion of the regeneration of St Pancras International Station, now the home of Eurostar.

The 245-room hotel consists of the historic St Pancras Chambers, housing 38 elegant and spacious Victorian bedroom suites, and Barlow House, the newly created 120,000 square foot extension that will feature original artwork and contemporary design.  The hotel will also house a 350 capacity ballroom, a private club, the Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, a barber’s shop and luxury spa, to include a swimming pool and 7 treatment rooms.

Reservations are currently being taken from 1st March 2011. For more information or bookings please visit or phone +44 (0) 20 7841 3540


  1. So exciting! I paid a big price over a few years picking my way past the noise of construction and exiting trucks and hoses across the pavement and barricades forcing me to collide Londoners rushing for their trains. It's wonderful to see the Phoenix rise. What a confection!

    And did you take that pic of Marcus? Great pic!

  2. No, it's off his website. For an ex-intellectual property lawyer I steal a lot of images. But I always attribute :-)