14 February 2019
Today, Belmond British Pullman announces its line-up of chefs for this year’s ‘pop-up’ dinner series. In 2019, Spring’s Skye Gyngell and The Conduit’s Merlin Labron- Johnson will be joining the line-up for the first time.
A highly anticipated part of the luxury train’s annual calendar, these intimate events see just 140 guests invited on board Belmond British Pullman for an exclusive dinner hosted by some of Britain’s most iconic chefs.
As the train passes through the British countryside, guests will be served a bespoke seven course menu by their personal stewards and will have the chance to meet their favourite chef as the train travels on a circular route from London Victoria’s Station. From seasonal local produce to top Michelin starred French cuisine, this year’s line up will serve up a storm.
Skye Gyngell – A taste of the season
On 21st June 2019, Skye Gyngell, chef founder of Spring restaurant at Somerset House and culinary director of Heckfield Place, will open the 2019 series with a taste of the summer season. With three cookbooks to her name, and an ethos rooted in sustainability and seasonality, Skye has garnered a reputation for dishes cooked predominantly with the finest quality produce from biodynamic farm Fern Verrow in Herefordshire. Skye’s menu on board will be no exception.
Raymond Blanc OBE – One of Belmond’s own
Next to take to the train’s galley kitchen is Belmond’s own Raymond Blanc OBE – Chef Patron of the two Michelin star Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Raymond will take over the train with his world-famous French cuisine on 20th July 2019. He will serve a specially created five course menu taking inspiration from beautiful summer produce and his French roots.
Michel Roux Jr – A legendary two Michelin-starred chef
Following his debut on the train last year, Michel Roux Jr is back by popular demand. One of Britain’s most highly regarded chefs and TV personalities, Roux Jr has been Chef Patron of the renowned two-Michelin starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, for over 25 years. A culinary legend, Roux Jr will return to the elegant surroundings of Belmond British Pullman on 20th September 2019 bringing his exquisite French cuisine to the train’s guests.
Merlin Labron-Johnson – A young chef on a mission
Passionate about the future of food, Michelin starred Merlin Labron-Johnson is a young British chef on a mission working to create conversation around food and address key issues, both within his community and beyond. Having gained a Michelin-star just nine months after opening Portland at only 24, he joined private member’s club The Conduit as executive chef in October last year. Labron-Johnson will take to the rails on 25th October 2019 where his on-board menu will combine classic French techniques with modern sensibilities whilst striving for zero-waste.
The final ingredient
The 2019 season will see several additional ‘pop-up’ events on board the train including two afternoon teas with the nation’s favourite baker, Mary Berry on 3rd and 4th May 2019.
Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, offers a host of journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station, visiting some of Britain's most famous cities, country houses, sporting and social events. Prices for ‘The Dinner’ dinner journey start from £459 per person - for more information and reservations visit belmond.com or call 0845 077 2222.
Belmond is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants. belmond.com
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