The 170 seat Le Café Anglais opened on 5 November on the top floor of Whiteley’s centre in west London. Designed by architects Stiff and Trevillion, the Art Deco-style dining room features floor to ceiling windows, leather banquettes and satin curtains.
Head chef Colin Westal, who has worked with Leigh for 25 years oversees an open kitchen featuring a giant rôtisserie for spit roasting chickens, partridges and legs of beef.
The opening menu of hors d’oeuvres, soups, shellfish, egg and pasta dishes includes Arbroath smokies, pike sausage with lobster sauce, white truffle fonduta with salsify, and spaghetti ‘cascia e pepe’. In addition to the a la carte, a lunchtime table d’hôte menu is available at £12.50 for two courses.
Graham Williams, former general manager of Bibendum in London and The Swan in Southwold heads the front of house team.
Rowley Leigh was head chef for 20 years at Kensington Place, and prior to that worked with the Roux brothers from 1979-1987 at Le Gavroche, their pâtisserie, Le Poulbot and as a food buyer for the group. He is also currently cookery writer at the Financial Times.
Charlie McVeigh was previously a financial journalist with the Daily Telegraph. He launched Woody’s, the Bush Bar & Grill, and the Westbridge Tavern.