Bellanger – Parisian style comes to Islington
Inspired by the original Alsatian brasseries of Paris, Bellanger, in Islington Green, London, is a classic Brasserie has just opened.
This relaxed, all-day, traditional French restaurant has been created by celebrated restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King – the team behind The Wolseley and Brasserie Zédel.
Main contractors for this latest project were WFC Contractors.
Nick Moffatt, Contracts Director for WFC Contractors, said:
“WFC Contractors were delighted to be given the opportunity to work on their sixth Corbin & King project and also work closely again with the Brady Williams team.”
Bellanger is open seven days a week, mid-morning until late, whether for breakfast, a simple cup of coffee with cake or a ‘grand repas’ of escargots a l’Alsacienne, tartes flambées, choucroute garni and Gugelhupf ice-cream.
Corbin and King’s first restaurant outside of central London, the 200-seater venue is named after 1920s French car manufacturer Société des Automobiles Bellanger Frères.
Designed by Shayne Brady of Brady Williams, the restaurant incorporates three architecturally resolved rooms, all in a light, handsome, Belle Époque style.
The Front Room features large, fold-back windows looking out onto the Green. A long bar, with high bar stool seating and standing room, leads to the intimate, carpeted Upper Room.
Warm, glossy wood panelling, bevelled mirror detailing, specifically sourced antique wall lamps and chandeliers, ornate plaster work with customised motif and beading figure throughout, with woven blue banquettes and traditional rush-backed seating.
The venue can accommodate 195 inside plus 24 on the outside terrace. There is also a semi-private dining table set within an alcove for up to eight people.
Seating includes booths all down one side, plus 10 seats for counter dining and a large dining room towards the rear of the interior.
Led by head chef Lee Ward, the restaurant is principally French-based, with a focus on the wines of North Eastern France and the border region with Germany. Typical dishes include, choucroute, baeckoff, coq au Riesling, soups, salads, seafood, plats du jour and a number of sharing dishes.
A notable selection of wines by the glass is served, as well as traditional dark and blonde Alsace-Lorraine beers on tap, including a range of monastic beers.
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have been partners in business for over 30 years. During that time they have created some of London’s most iconic and best-loved restaurants and have contributed a significant chapter to London’s restaurant history.
Corbin & King (formerly Rex Restaurant Associates until January 2014) was created to manage the future expansion of the company’s interests and to focus on new opportunities in London and abroad, as well as manage the existing portfolio.
This includes The Delaunay in London’s Aldwych (December 2011), Brasserie Zédel in Sherwood Street (June 2012), Colbert on Sloane Square (October 2012), Fischer’s on Marylebone High Street (Spring 2014), their first hotel, The Beaumont in Mayfair (September 2014) and finally the new Bellanger in Islington (spring 2016).
Specialising in joinery for leading hospitality brands, Dunmore Fitout undertakes fit out projects on restaurants, bars and hotels – specifically bar counters, wall panelling, waiter stations and reception desks.
Having been in operation for 32 years, the establishment has worked on a variety of projects with a range of clients, including the esteemed Restaurant Gordon Ramsey situated on Royal Hospital Road, London; Claridges in luxury Mayfair, and The Berkeley – a stunning hotel on the corner of Piccadilly.
Premier Hospitality caught up with John McDermott, of Dunmore Fitout, to discuss the company’s involvements with projects 100 Wardour Street, and Bellanger. John commented:
“Working with 100 Wardour Street we manufactured and installed specialist joinery throughout including the basement bar counter, wall panelling throughout, waiter stations, DJ Boxes, VIP area and the fireplace panelling.
“When we worked on Bellanger we supplied and installed new exterior joinery, specifically the folding glazed windows.”
When asked why it was important to be involved with the two projects, John responded:
“We value the opportunity to work with market leading hospitality operators and quality contractors like WFC. When you can deliver high quality interior joinery on an efficient and professionally managed project it gives Dunmore the chance to build long term relationships with our customers. We deliver real value to our clients’ business by creating spaces that their customers love. Our approach to project management means that our clients’ vision is delivered in a seamless manner.”
When asked what the company prides itself on, John replied:
“We value the skill and craft of our joiners, cabinet makers and wood finishers, their ability creates the quality tactile finish to our projects. We are a family run business that places an importance on integrity, service and creating value for our customer. Dunmore is a progressive company, in terms of the quality of our staff and our ability to deliver complex design. We enjoy the challenge of working with different materials and crafting that into a space that customers enjoy.”
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