Celebrity chef Michel Roux is to open a new restaurant at luxury hotel The Langham in central London.

Chez Roux will open in May in the elegant Palm Court - inspired by Michel’s childhood memories growing up in rural Kent in the 1960s, and the first menus from his father Albert Roux's restaurant Le Gavroche in 1967.

Open for dinner only, it will be a unique opportunity to experience Michel Roux's cooking in London, with menus that showcase historical British classics and traditional French cooking presented in contemporary, refined dishes.

Romford Recorder: The restaurant will be open for dinner only in the Palm Court at The Langham in Portland Place, Regent StreetThe restaurant will be open for dinner only in the Palm Court at The Langham in Portland Place, Regent Street (Image: The Langham)

Guests at Chez Roux will be able to sample Roux’s take on Welsh Rarebit, rich with stout and Montgomery cheddar and piquant with mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pickled walnut.

Main courses include lamb chops reform, inspired by Alexis Soyer’s classic 1830s recipe, and here consisting of herb-crusted lamb, faggot and reform sauce.

There will also be grilled lobster with garlic butter, fries and béarnaise, one of Chef Michel’s all-time favourite dishes that he remembers enjoying at Le Gavroche as a child.

The menu will be complemented by a selection of premium wines, Champagnes, and hand-crafted cocktails reflective of the era, including the Queen’s Dubonnet and the Madeira Cobbler.

A familiar face from TV shows from MasterChef to Saturday Kitchen, Michel Roux says: “I have such fond memories of growing up at Fairlawne, where my father spent seven years cooking for the Cazalet family. From relaxed lunches to extravagant dinner parties, it’s safe to say everyone ate very well!

"Dad had to learn the great British classics but used all his French technique and skills to cook for the family and esteemed guests. When my parents had to cook dinner parties, the wife of the head butler, Mrs Bradbrook, would babysit, introducing me to the wonders of great British desserts such as crumble and custard, and steamed puddings. 

"The menu at Chez Roux is inspired by these early memories. Many of the recipes that were popular during the 60s have been consigned to history, yet there is so much to love about the dishes I remember from this time – British classics combined with traditional French techniques. So, with a touch of nostalgia and much excitement, I can’t wait for guests to try the menus at Chez Roux at The Langham."

Bookings are now open for Chez Roux which opens on May 22 at The Langham, Portland Place.