Hans’ Bar & Grill, a new neighbourhood restaurant in Chelsea’s Pavilion Road, has opened for business and features a striking, contemporary interiors scheme created by leading hospitality and F&B designers Goddard Littlefair. The new venue, conceived of by the team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden and 11 Cadogan Gardens, will offer an exciting new extended café-bar space and restaurant, including a newly-covered former courtyard space, within the 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel, and is set to appeal to a wide range of day-to-night guests.
Hans’ Bar & Grill was named in honour of Cadogan family ascendant Sir Hans Sloane, one-time physician to the royal family and President of The Royal Society, as well a celebrated natural historian, whose incredible collection of specimens and artefacts led to the founding of The British Museum. Both London’s Sloane Square and Sloane Street were named in his honour.
The new 106-cover restaurant encompasses 18 covers within the café-bar area, directly inside the Pavilion Road entrance; 46 covers in a covered courtyard area, forming part of the main restaurant, plus a further 42 covers in the dining area of the main hotel building. A further private dining space, ‘The Curio’, inspired by Sloane’s love of adventure and discovery, can seat a further 16 guests and is located directly opposite the internal restaurant entrance.
‘We’re very excited about the opening of our first London restaurant project’, Goddard Littlefair Co-founder and Director Jo Littlefair commented. ‘As a design studio, we’ve built an extensive portfolio of residential developments in London and an extensive portfolio of hospitality projects outside the capital, so it’s great now to have a completed restaurant project in the same city we work, eat and play in – and also to have been able to do it for such a prestigious client and in such a great location.’
The first café-bar space is located within a converted former mews garage on Pavilion Road, where it sits alongside other converted garages to either side to form a new suite of upmarket, independent boutique retailers, from barbers and cheesemongers to specialist purveyors of wine and bread. Architectural works on this, as well as the courtyard refurbishment, were carried out by ReardonSmith Architects.
Art for the project includes Cadogan family portraits, specially created for the cafe-bar space by artist Louise Seabrook, whilst, in the restaurant, the art collection is inspired by Sir Hans Sloane and includes a series of tropical birds, flowers and feathers, painted by artist Rebecca Jewell and curated by art consultants ARTIQ, hung either in ‘salon-hang’ clusters or as facing standalone pieces in the booth seats.
For the restaurant at Hans’ Bar & Grill, Head Chef Adam England (previously of Le Pont de la Tour) has created an all-day seasonal menu, rooted in British produce and underpinned by his classical cookery skills, from signature duck breast to confit salmon, goats curd and cucumber, and his take on a classic veal carpaccio. Taking inspiration from Sir Hans Sloane, credited with bringing cocoa to the UK, chocolate desserts and signature hot chocolate drinks will also take centre stage. For early risers and weekend shoppers, Adam and his team have created a breakfast and brunch menu, which will be available every day from 7am until midday, featuring favourites such as eggs benedict and steak tartare, alongside fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.
‘We are exceptionally pleased with the work Goddard Littlefair have done to create what is quickly becoming a favoured restaurant in Chelsea. Their design has utilised the space tremendously well and the aesthetic intricacies compliment the quirky nature of 11 Cadogan Gardens. Furthermore, their understanding of hotel and restaurant operations is of great benefit to the various roles an all-day dining restaurant has to play,’ added Soliman Khaddour, General Manager of 11 Cadogan Gardens.