Leigh is collaborating with Harrison on everything from kitchen design to menus, sourcing produce and recruiting a brigade of chefs for the site, which will open in Hammersmith in late summer 2019.
Sam’s Riverside will be a 90-cover all-day brasserie and bar, with a private dining room and outdoor seating.
Head chef will be Harvey Trollope, who has previously worked at The Ritz, and the menu is described as “modern European, with a focus on Anglo-French dishes, many close to Rowley’s well-loved repertoire”.
Leigh was head chef at Kensington Place in Notting Hill for 19 years, and ran Parisian-inspired Café Anglais in London from 2008-2014. He has since worked as a chef consultant for Soho House Group and at Prescott and Conran’s Parabola restaurant.
Sam's Riverside marks a return to the restaurant fold for Harrison, who owned Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick and Harrison’s in Balham until both sites were sold to the Hawksmoor Group in 2015.