Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric have just opened a second restaurant, Malt House, giving stiff competition to West London’s impressive gastropub scene. If you haven’t been to the Michelin-starred Hibiscus yet then maybe you remember Bosi’s very public tirade with a food blogger on Twitter back in November, but even that bit of bad press hasn’t deterred fans from turning up en masse.
Former Hibiscus chef Marcus McGuiness has been brought in to head up the kitchen and Mark Pardoe, winner of the Madame Bollinger Prize for being the best taster of the year, has worked with Bosi to create an eclectic and impressive wine list. The menu screams British comfort food classics, and quality is guaranteed as Bosi is sourcing ingredients from the same suppliers he uses for Hibiscus.
Perhaps the real star of the show though is the 18th-century building, which despite a makeover, has retained many of its original features as a local hostelry. Tucked away just off the high street, the pub also has eight bedrooms and a charming outdoor space that will undoubtedly be the place to be come summertime. With so many notable gastopubs in this part of the city, Bosi definitely has his work cut out for him, but somehow, we think Malt House will rise above the rest.
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