Mark Sargeant, the renowned TV chef, restaurateur and recipe book author, is set to join The Strand Dining Rooms as Chef Director. Sargeant, who spent 13 years working with Gordon Ramsay, including seven years as Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, will introduce an entirely new British menu at the all-day restaurant and cocktail bar, available from Friday 3rd April. In keeping with The Strand Dining Rooms location and classic interior, and taking inspiration from London’s historic dining rooms, Sargeant’s new ingredient-led menu will be available seven days a week from breakfast through to dinner and offer a modern take on classic British dishes. With a focus on the use of seasonal British produce, the partnership will also see Sargeant creating a weekly-changing set lunch and pre/post-theatre menu at the restaurant.
Sargeant’s new menu will offer daily specials, as well as meat dishes including a 1kg ‘28-day aged Angus Porterhouse steak, served with beer-battered onions & chips’(for two to share) and ‘Whole roast British wood pigeon’. Fish dishes such as ‘Poached Loch Duart salmon with green sauce & mimosa garnish’ and ‘The Strand Fish Pie’, will sit alongside vegetarian mains including ‘Whole roast onion squash, curly kale, poached egg & hollandaise’. Desserts continue the Great British menu theme and will include ‘Rhubarb crumble with clotted cream’ and ‘Lemon cheesecake with Earl Grey prunes’. A British Artisan cheeseboard will also be available, served with homemade oatcakes and PX raisins.
Mark Sargeant commented ahead of the new menu launch on Friday 3rd April, “I’ve always been interested in the old school dining scene in London, where food was simple, unfussy and honest, but done with good quality ingredients and personality. When Mark (Harris) asked me to work with him on a new Great British menu at The Strand Dining Rooms I gladly accepted the challenge. With the new menu, I’m introducing classic dishes in a modern style, which fits well with the restaurant’s location, décor and grandeur. This place now has all the makings of a true modern British classic”
Mark Sargeant’s new menu will be available at The Strand Dining Rooms from 12 noon on Friday 3rdApril 2015.