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Hibiscus's Claude Bosi to open Wimbledon pub

2 commentsBy Joe Lutrario , 11-Nov-2010
Last updated on 25-Feb-2011 at 13:39 GMT2011-02-25T13:39:33Z

Claude Bosi hopes to open The Fox and Grape in February Pic: John Carey

Claude Bosi hopes to open The Fox and Grape in February Pic: John Carey

Claude Bosi, chef patron at two-Michelin star Mayfair restaurant Hibiscus, is to take on a pub-with-rooms with brother Cedric, BigHospitality can reveal.

The Fox and Grapes - in Wimbledon, south London - will retain its name, with the French-born duo set to offer traditional English food and a large range of draught beers and wines.

Main course plates will include Coq au Vin, Chicken Kiev, Sausage and Mash, Fish Pie and sharing platters of roasted meats. A bar menu will offer pork scratchings, sausage rolls and pork pies.

“It won’t be French cooking,” said Bosi. “Just seasonal local produce cooked well. There are very few privately owned operations in Wimbledon; it’s crying out for something good. The English pub is the closest thing there is to a neighbourhood bistro in France. I want to create a convivial atmosphere and offer good home cooking.”

The brothers Bosi are not new to the pub trade having operated the Bib Gourmand rated Bell Inn, Ludlow, Shropshire, which closed February this year.

The Fox and Grapes

Patrick Leano, currently a sous chef at Hibiscus and formerly at The Capital, London - working under Eric Chavot - will be head chef, overseeing a brigade of six.

Cedric will be general manager, with Claude overseeing the menus but spending the majority of his time at his Mayfair restaurant, which is ranked fourth in our list of the top 100 places to eat in the UK and placed 49th in our S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list .

A refit is currently underway and the pub - an Enterprise Inns leasehold with three letting bedrooms overlooking Wimbledon Common - is slated to open early February next year.

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Not good. The pub had great atmosphere, and now it has been stripped of that. A real shame. I'll find somewhere else :(

Regular for 30+ years.

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Posted by Fred
23 January 2011 | 22h072011-01-23T22:07:20Z

Book early

We've always loved the Fox and Grapes - until it went seriously downhill, so it's music to our ears that new life will be breathed in to it by Claude. We'd like to be invited to the opening night - and expect to become loyal regulars.

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Posted by The Leylands
19 January 2011 | 22h182011-01-19T22:18:34Z