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EDITORIAL: LE GAVROCHE

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This year has been a very special year for all of us at Le Gavroche, celebrating an historic milestone, our 50th anniversary.
Over five decades, we’ve worked hard to keep the restaurant at the forefront of London’s ever-changing dining scene, and it’s been a very rewarding journey. My father and uncle opened the restaurant in 1967 and made it one of London’s legends – to be able to continue that legacy and bring it to this historic landmark is one of the great achievements of my career.
We kicked off the celebrations with a special lunch for some of the the UK’s top chefs, many of them have worked with the Roux family over the years, and it was a real treat to be in the company of so many inspiring people on such a special occasion.
To make sure everyone could join in the celebrations, we launched our limited-edition ‘Back to the Classics’ menu – a five-course, seasonally changing menu which has given us great fun in bringing back classic Le Gavroche dishes from 1967 and beyond with menus that are available in our private dining room the Chef’s Library, We’re keeping this menu available until December, but there are very few spots left, so if you want to try these for yourself, please book very soon!

 

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As well as revisiting past successes, we’ve taken some interesting new initiatives, including a collaboration with Peckham’s Little Bird Gin. Commissioning our very own limited-edition gin, the finished product is absolutely delicious, laced with delicate notes of lavender. The bottle label has our very own ‘Madamoiselle Ginger’ instead of the original Miss Ginger. As a south London boy, Little Bird could not have been more fitting hailing from my stomping ground and instilled with a traditionalism that aligns completely with Le Gavroche. Our partnership with Little Bird was rounded with a lovely little celebration in Maltby Street Market in August with an afternoon of gin, canapes and birthday celebrations.
The celebrations have caught the imagination of everyone working in the restaurant, from my amazing team, headed in the kitchen by Rachel Humphrey, and front of house by Emmanuel ???, it’s also given us an excuse for three generations of the Roux family to cook and host together. Myself, my father Albert, and talented daughter Emily have created some unique and very enjoyable experiences for diners, regular and new, and also helped to raise funds for our favourite charities.

 

LE GAVROCHE BUSINESS LUNCH
One of our most successful introductions over the decades has been our business lunch menu, often described as the best-value Michelin-starred meal in the Capital, this menu embraces the essence of Le Gavroche and our approach to modern, classically-based French cuisine. It offers a great introduction to our restaurant and, in the words of one famous restaurant critic: “Lunch at Le Gavroche – if only it could be prescribed on the NHS, London would be so much a happier place.” Couldn’t have put it better myself!
50 years as a main player on the London food stage is more than anyone could ask for their restaurant and I could not be prouder of Le Gavroche or more grateful to every individual
who has contributed to the success of our restaurant over the years.