Goring Hotel wins Michelin star despite shunning ‘poncey’ food

It has catered to the exacting tastes of the Queen Mother, fitted a hotline to the White House and hosted the Middleton party ahead of the Royal Wedding. But after 105 years the Goring Hotel has been awarded a Michelin star despite shunning ‘poncey food. Chief executive Jeremy Goring insisted that the award was a happy accident and that the restaurant s food is vibrant without being poncey .

He said: We are delighted and honoured to be recognised by Michelin for what we are trying to achieve. It s only taken 105 years.

Of course we are pleased, but most satisfying of all is the fact that we ve received this fabulous accolade whilst resolutely focusing on one thing, delighting our guests. In this sense you could say that the Michelin star is a lovely accident.

Goring Hotel Wins Michelin Star Despite Shunning 'poncey' FoodThe Royal wedding car arrives outside the Goring Hotel Photo: SKY

The Dining Room, designed by David Linley1, serves the best of British cuisine as created by its executive chef, Shay Cooper. The Goring itself, just yards away from Buckingham Palace in the heart of Belgravia, was opened by Otto Goring in 1910.2

It is now the only five star luxury hotel in London that is owned and run by the family that built it. Jeremy Goring is the fourth Goring to run the establishment.

When the hotel opened it was the first in the world to have en suite facilities in all ts rooms. It was also the first to offer central heating. During the Great War, the hotel became a command centre for Chief of Allied Forces and was equipped with a direct telephone link between General Pershing, America s army commander-in-chief, and President Woodrow Wilson.

And following the declaration of peace in 1945, the King and Queen famously visited the Goring for sausages and scrambled eggs along with the Princesses.

The hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment and was reopened by the Duchess of Cambridge in March.3

The food at The Dining Room at The Goring is a really pleasing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes, all prepared with great skill and understanding. Michelin guide editor Rebecca Burr

It was three days before the Royal wedding in April 2011 that the entire Middleton family, albeit without Kate, moved into The Goring.

We are thrilled to be playing a small part in a big day, Jeremy Goring said at the time.

Goring Hotel Wins Michelin Star Despite Shunning 'poncey' Food

The Duchess reportedly setup her base in the hotel s Royal Suite, which runs the entire length of the top floor. Designers David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Russell Sage were all involved in the hotel s new look.

Despite remaining open throughout both World Wars, the hotel closed for a month at the start of the year while the Front Hall was redesigned by Russell Sage. It is now clad in hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental. The editor of the Michelin Guide to Great Britain 2016 Rebecca Burr said: The food at The Dining Room at The Goring is a really pleasing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes, all prepared with great skill and understanding.

Other London restaurants awarded a star include Lyle s, Bonhams and Portland. Leeds restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain also has a new star, as does The Cellar in Anstruther, Eipic and OX in Belfast, the Greenhouse in Dublin and Loam in Galway. Ms Burr added: The next generation of chefs are really coming through to give the established chefs a run for their money.

They all have their own individual style and their ability, coupled with their confidence, looks set to lead them on to great things.

References

  1. ^ David Linley (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ was opened by Otto Goring in 1910. (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ The hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment and was reopened by the Duchess of Cambridge in March. (www.discountholidays.info)

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