The Ledbury makes staff redundant and will remain closed 'indefinitely'

ledbury restaurant won't reopen

While restaurants cling on as best they can until they're allowed to reopen, some have - like Leonardo di Caprio in Titanic - let go of the liferaft and slowly slipped away. It's fair to say that some permanent closures probably aren't particularly unexpected (like Wahlburgers) but others most definitely are.

So we're both surprised and saddened to hear today that two Michelin-starred The Ledbury, considered one of London's very best restaurants, looks unlikely to reopen. Bloomberg's Richard Vines was the first to reveal the story when he tweeted this afternoon.

Vines's story was confirmed by restaurant trade title The Caterer which this afternoon quoted owner Brett Graham who said: "This little restaurant with 50 covers can't operate with even one-metre distancing," Graham told The Caterer. "You couldn't get through reception, go to the toilet, work in the kitchen or make coffee. One metre is completely unworkable.

On the issue of telling his staff, Brett added: "It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do, seeing all their faces," he said. "It was quite emotional. We were the longest-standing two-Michelin-starred restaurant in London behind Le Gavroche. We celebrated our 15th anniversary recently while the restaurant was closed."


More about The Ledbury

Where is it? 127 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ

Find out more: Visit their website.


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