Hix will be working alongside executive chef Robin Freeman to develop the current menu, and introducing food and drink producers from the British Isles that Mark has long championed as well as some of the signature dishes from his restaurants.
The dining room at the restaurant, which is located in the heart of the City, will also be given a Hix makeover, with artwork and mobiles being installed that have been curated by Hix, including pieces that have previously hung in HIX restaurants.
“I have known Mark for over 20 years and love his passion for food, art and people. I am very excited about working together. 1 Lombard Street and Hix is the perfect match,” says Jessen.
Hix’s restaurant group filed for administration in April during the early stages of the Coronavirus crisis with the closure of his HIX Oyster & Chop House, HIX Oyster and Fish House, Hixter Bankside and Tramshed restaurants.
At the time he said that he would strive to reopen again one day in some way.
“When [Soren] suggested working together, I thought it was a brilliant way to bring our love of food and art together and bring the elements of HIX to the City”, says Hix.
“Over the last 12 years I had built up a group of restaurants that showcased and supported great British producers and although I was upset to see the HIX restaurants close, these scenarios can often throw up interesting opportunities, and that’s exactly what has happened with my collaboration with Soren and 1 Lombard St.
“The menu will reflect on some old HIX classics, scattered with simple and luxurious seasonal dishes throughout the year.”
1 Lombard Street will relaunch of 20 July and will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner when it reopens. It is also offering limited edition vouchers throughout the summer; a £50 voucher will be boosted to £60 when purchased and redeemed between July and September and are available to purchase through the restaurant’s website.