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August 4, 2023

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Launched in 2010 by Roux Jr. and his late father Albert, the restaurant has remained ‘temporarily closed’ since coronavirus restrictions eased prompting speculation about its future.

According to the high-profile chef, the hotel is currently in negotiations with a prospective new operating partner for the space. 

Upon contacting The Langham, Restaurant was told that the hotel would not be commenting until there was further news on the new operator.

Roux Jr. currently oversees all of the F&B at The Langham and is also involved with the hotel’s sister properties overseas. 

This arrangement will continue, but it is understood that the Le Gavroche chef won’t have any involvement with the new, as-yet-unamed operator of the former Roux at the Landau space. 

Roux Jr. projects at the hotel include the pub-styled The Wigmore and The Palm Court Brasserie. 

The latter is currently hosting a six month Caribbean food-inspired pop-up The Good Front Room from chef Dom Taylor,​who was recently crowned the winner of TV programme Five Star Kitchen. 

Hosted by Roux Jr., the Channel 4 show saw 13 professional chefs battle it​ out for the chance to open a restaurant at high-profile hotel. 

The launch of The Langham in 2010 marked the first time Roux Jr. and his father had worked together since the latter handed the reigns of Le Gavroche over to his son in 1991.

The restaurant relaunched in 2018 with a more informal concept that sought to ‘reframe the way in which today’s customers are able to experience the world of fine dining’.

In 2021, The Langham said that Roux at the Landau would reopen in 2022​ following ‘exciting concept changes’.  

In its most recent incarnation the restaurant offered an upscale menu that includes the likes of seared foie gras, rabbit and pig’s trotters on toast and pickled vegetables; steamed turbot, mussel chowder, bacon, celery and apple; and kalamansi mousse, tanariva cream, sable and citrus alongside 500 wines by the glass.

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