Bites: The Grosvenor gets its groove back

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Since Chez Nico shut up shop back in July 2002, there has really been no restaurant-related reason to visit Grosvenor House.

Marriott, the new owner of the hotel that has been a fixture on London's Park Lane since 1929, are no doubt hoping that Bord'eaux, their new brasserie with a menu and wine list inspired by the south-west of France, will soon change that.

At the helm is chef Ollie Couillaud, whose CV, I imagine, emphasises his time at La Trompette, The Square, Chez Bruce and the launch of Tom's Kitchen – and glosses over his short, sharp spell down the other end of Park Lane at The Dorchester Grill.

Away from the bright lights of the big city, Cartmel in the Lake District is also getting a new brasserie, this one from chef Simon Rogan, whose restaurant-with-rooms L'Enclume (pictured) has held a Michelin star in the Cumbrian village since 2005. Called Rogan & Co (having sadly shelved the original plan to name it Rogan Nosh), it will open in mid-April.

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