Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara will launch Davies & Brook, named for the two streets the London hotel sits on, in the summer.
It has been a long-running rumour that the team, whose restaurant Eleven Madison Park topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017, was taking over the space vacated by Fera at Claridge’s in December.
Davies & Brook will be headed up by Dmitri Magi, former chef de cuisine at Eleven Madison Park, and is described as a ‘fine dining restaurant without pretense’.
Further details are yet to be announced, but Guidara says it will feature ‘Daniel’s food and...our style of service’.
Three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park is known for its eight to ten course tasting menu, available for lunch and dinner, which lasts ‘roughly three hours’ and costs upwards of $300.
“Having the opportunity to bring our cuisine and hospitality to the most storied hotel in the world is really a remarkable feeling and a dream come true,” says Humm.
“But on a more personal level, this is my first time opening a restaurant in Europe, a place I left so many years ago to forge a career in America. Most people don’t know this, but I even worked at Claridge’s when I was 15 years only and it left an indelible mark on me. Claridge’s has always been a place I’ve felt connected to, so being able to come full circle Is really emotional and exciting – it feels likes coming home.”
The restaurant will be designed by Brad Cloepfil from Allied Works, who recently completed a major redesign of Eleven Madison Park.
“We are very excited to bring longtime friends and guests of the hotel; Daniel, Will and their exceptional team to Claridge’s, as we have been looking for an opportunity to work with them for some time," says Paddy McKillen, co-owner of Claridge’s.
"I know their extraordinary culinary vision will lead the way for a new dining direction at Claridge’s, and we all share a belief in creating something truly special that both our guests and Londoners alike will enjoy.”
Humm and Guidara's Make It Nice Hospitality group also operates the NoMad restaurants and bars in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and Made Nice, a fast-casual restaurant in New York.