1 Lombard Street, owned by Soren Jessen, has joined forces with chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix MBE to oversee the food and beverage at the City stalwart.
Mark will work alongside executive chef Robin Freeman to develop the current menu, introducing food and drink producers from the British Isles that he has been known to champion over the years.
The dishes will showcase the best of British ingredients, changing regularly to reflect the seasonal produce available. Classic Hix dishes such as Heaven and Earth and Peter Hannan’s Glenarm Estate steaks will feature on the menu alongside wild and foraged ingredients.
The dining room will also be treated to a Hix makeover with artwork and mobiles being installed throughout the restaurant, specially curated by Mark. Diners can expect to see some of Mark’s favourite pieces that have previously hung in HIX restaurants and all pieces will be for sale.
Hix has become known for his connection to British art. Over 20 pieces will be hung at 1 Lombard Street including works by British artists Mat Collishaw, Steve Claydon, Charming Baker and Antony Gormley.
“I have known Soren for many years and have always loved dining at 1 Lombard Street. When he 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”, said Mark.
“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.
“I have also been working with Robin on the curation of the Goose Box which enables guests to order restaurant quality food every week to enjoy in the comfort of their homes.”
The restaurant will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner when it reopens on 20 July in-line with the government’s Covid-19 regulations.
Jessen said: “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.”