Former Racine regulars can rejoice. The brains behind much-loved French restaurant, Chef Henry Harris, is ready to carry his personal model of traditional French cooking to the Farringdon pub Three Compass subsequent month.
As first reported by Scorching Diners, Harris shall be teaming up with front-of-house boss David Strauss, previously director of operations on the revered Goodman Steak restaurant.
The enduring French bistro on Knightsbridge in Racine, west London, ran from 2002 to 2015 – its closure was a scourge throughout the spectrum of the London restaurant trade. In 2017, it was introduced that Harris would oversee the menu at three endangered London pubs: Truscott Arms in Maida Vale, Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell, and Three Cranes Tavern on Decrease Thames Road within the metropolis. His gastropub reinvention continued with Hero of Maida in 2018.
Harris, who was chef director at pub group Harcourt Inns, left the group in October 2020, and most just lately joined seafood restaurant group Wright Brothers as chef and beverage director.
And so now for Three Compass: the Farringdon Pub, which has a 300-year historical past, shall be renovated as a pub under, and a 45-cover restaurant above – Bouchon Racine – with its personal avenue entrance. Harris shall be joined by Racine’s former head chef Chris Handley, who will serve traditional French delicacies, together with rillettes, celeriac remoulade with jambon cru and Toulouse sausage and lentils. Bouchen would possibly simply go together with a blackboard menu, that everlasting London favourite that gives each the convenience and marvel of rabbit with mustard, steak, brains and tripe. The wine checklist, which is prone to embody a major vary of Beaujolais, will come courtesy of Harris Vintners of Denise Harris.
Harris advised Scorching Diners: “Everybody’s been saying to me over the past 10 years, ‘Why do not you reopen Racine?’
“We’re going again to good French cooking that makes individuals smile and restores them.”
Harris has an actual pedigree for French cooking and type on pub restoration – the 300-year-old Three Compass is constructed for him and this iteration of Racine.