Chez Roux

Chez Roux opens at The Langham, London

Michel Roux has opened the doors to Chez Roux, a new restaurant in Palm Court at The Langham, London.

The restaurant has been inspired by the chef’s childhood memories: life in rural Kent in the 1960s, being raised at the Fairlawne estate where his father Albert Roux OBE worked as a private chef for the Cazalet family, and the first menus from Le Gavroche in 1967.

Chez Roux presents a unique opportunity to experience Michel Roux’s cooking in London, with menus that showcase historical British classics and traditional French cooking methods.

To begin, guests can sample Roux’s take on Welsh rarebit, rich with stout and Montgomery cheddar and piquant with mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pickled walnut. Main courses include Lamb Chops Reform, inspired by Alexis Soyer’s classic 1830s recipe, and here consisting of herb-crusted lamb, faggot and Reform sauce, or grilled lobster with garlic butter, fries and béarnaise, a dish which Roux remembers enjoying at Le Gavroche as a child. For a sweet conclusion, desserts include chocolate mousse and summer fruit pudding. The menu is complemented by a selection of wines and champagnes, as well as a collection of cocktails.

“I have such fond memories of growing up at Fairlawne, where my father spent seven years cooking for the Cazalet family,” says Roux. “The menu at Chez Roux is inspired by these early memories. Many of the recipes that were popular during the 60s have been consigned to history, yet there is so much to love about the dishes I remember from this time – British classics combined with traditional French techniques. So, with a touch of nostalgia and much excitement, I can’t wait for guests to try the menus at Chez Roux at The Langham.”

Chez Roux

Photography: © Raffaella Bichiri