With a respectful nod to this distinguished heritage, the restaurant’s new design will offer a more contemporary interpretation under the direction of interior architect, John Heah.
With a focus on art and craftsmanship, The Connaught is working with acclaimed George Nakashima Woodworkers based in Pennsylvania. Led by George’s daughter Mira, they will be creating their extraordinary signature wall panels, tables and chairs, most often to be seen and revered in museums, bespoke for the restaurant.
“Ever since we started the project of restoring The Connaught way back in 2008, I have dreamt of breathing life back into The Connaught Grill, a mythical restaurant that somehow captures a special place in guests’ hearts,” explains co-owner, Paddy McKillen.
“We are bringing the Grill back to be discovered by a new generation, a Connaught Grill of today not yesterday, using craftsmen and chefs of today, but with the spirit and old school charm of the legendary Connaught Grill.”
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the intimate 46-seat Connaught Grill will be under the direction of internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This will be his modern interpretation of a classic grill with an open kitchen complete with wood-burning grill and rotisserie offering the finest British sourced produce.
The Connaught Grill will open early 2020 and will join Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s eponymous restaurant and Hélène Darroze’s two Michelin-star restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.