Langan's Brasserie is one of the true legends of the London dining scene, with the restaurant being the place to be seen at in the 70s and 80s. Originally launched by Peter Langan in partnership with Sir Michael Caine it was one of the main celeb hangouts of the day.
Since Langan's death in 1988 though, the restaurant has slowly lost its lustre and it eventually became another victim of COVID related lockdowns as the restaurant went into administration recently.
But it's not over yet. Now restaurateurs Graziano Arricale (who's also behind Chucs) and James Hitchen (former CEO of the Manchester-based East Coast Concepts) have taken over - with a view to overhaul and relaunch the restaurant in 2021. The plan is to have a complete refurbishment, bringing the whole restaurant up to date. The design will apparently "reflect the restaurant’s intimate connection to the worlds of cinema, music and art". There will also be a ground-floor bar and a lower-ground wine cellar and private room - as well as an invite-only late lounge upstairs.
As for the food, it'll be focused on French classics - and planned for the menu are:
- Seared hand-dived scallops with lardons and celeriac
- Steak tartare served tableside
- Wild mushroom fricassee served with toasted brioche and plateau fruit de mer
- Mains that include Fish Pie (a Langan’s classic), Lobster Thermidor and bouillabaisse with red mullet and gurnard.
- Desserts include Crêpes Suzette, Crème Brûlée and Salted Caramel Éclairs.
So there's nothing that's going to frighten the horses there, while the wine list will have a French and European focus.
Here's hoping that the restaurant can regain some of its glory with the relaunch - and that they don't lose what made Langan's special in the refurb.
More about Langan's Brasserie
Where is it? Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LB
When does it open? Autumn 2021
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