Top Chef Brings High-End Dining to Hampton Court Pub

Posted: 14 July 2013

Blog category: Pubs

East Molsey pub, The Cardinal Wolsey in Hampton Court Road re-opened on Monday 1 July to offer food fit for a king after a complete refurbishment by new licensee Ross Notarki. 
He has recruited Estonian chef and owner of Verru in Marylebone, Andrei Lesment, who was previously head chef at Michelin-starred kitchens Pied a Terre and Gordon Ramsay’s Maze as well as the Savoy Hotel.
He will oversee the pub’s new restaurant, aptly named ‘The All Seasons Grill’ after the play ‘A Man for All Seasons’, which tells the story of Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey’s successor as Chancellor of England.
Manager Gareth Hawkins, who will manage the new venture front-of-house, commented: “We’re using Andrei’s experience and expertise to offer a high-end dining experience in a sophisticated, smart yet casual pub setting. Capitalising on our location just a few hundred metres from Hampton Court Palace, the former home of Cardinal Wolsey, we’re looking to attract tourists as well as local customers.”
Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, running from 9-14 July, will be in for a gastronomic treat. The menu offers a choice of sumptuous starters such as ‘grilled prawns with chorizo, chilli and garlic’, ‘devilled whitebait and homemade tartare sauce’, ‘a charcuterie of cured meats’ and a selection of mains including ‘barbecued Scottish salmon with parmesan’ and ‘pan-fried sea-bream with asparagus and cherry tomatoes’.
The pub has been completely redecorated to achieve a contemporary, sophisticated feel and car parking is now available.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “The Cardinal Wolsey enjoys an enviable location on the doorstep of one of only two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII.  Its vibrant new food offer delivered by a top chef will give it the edge in attracting visitors to the area.”