Iconic London hotel The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences have announced that Michelin-starred restaurateurs, Chris and Jeff Galvin, will be taking on their prestigious food and bar partnership.
Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, ‘Galvin at The Athenaeum’ is also the first time Galvin brothers have championed British produce, as they move away from their trademark French-inspired menus.
New menus now include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with some old Galvin favourites such as the Galvin smoked salmon and steak tartare with toasted sourdough. Starters include Dressed Portland crab with Hampshire watercress & rye bread, Soused Cornish Herrings with marinated Ratte potatoes & pickled cucumber and Woodhall Cumbrian air dried ham & Charentais melon.
The duo, who are famous for Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle and most recently Galvin HOP, have created an all day dining offering for the hotel that includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, room service, and dinner. The Athenaeum says that the brothers are now at the “heart” of their hotel.
Chris Galvin says: ‘This is a first for Jeff and I and we have really enjoyed the challenge of coming up with the whole food and beverage offering,” adding “we are committed to our staff, giving them the opportunity to progress, and as such we have appointed many of the current Galvin team to take the lead at The Athenaeum to give guests and diners the best possible experience.”
The hotel’s award-winning reputation for afternoon tea menus will also be included under the Galvin mandate.
Formerly known as the Garden Room, THE BAR at The Athenaeum will see the Galvin brothers partnership with renowned Italian bartender, Giancarlo Mancino, whose bar menu will include an extensive range of new and innovative cocktails, most of which will be a twist on the classics.