Launceston Place announces new head chef
One of London’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants, Launceston Place, has a new head chef, Timothy Allen, who joins the restaurant after seven years at the two Michelin starred Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds.
David Loewi, MD of D&D London is thrilled to have secured Timothy as the successor to Tristan Welch, who left the restaurant earlier this year to spend time with his family in Sweden.
“I am very excited that Timothy has taken the helm at Launceston Place. He is a chef of huge skill and experience, and I look forward to him making his mark at Launceston Place.”
Timothy brings with him a wealth of experience and has spent the last month at Launceston Place developing a new menu, incorporating his own style of clean cooking with a depth of flavour. Some of his signature dishes include starters such as Crispy hen’s egg with slow cooked wings, first of the season English asparagus and white truffle oil or Roast English pigeon with 2 hour bacon, goat’s cheese and confit leg ravioli with white balsamic. For main dishes customers can enjoy 32 day aged beef rump larded with horseradish and wild herbs or Cornish day boat brill roasted on the bone with English coastal prawns. Allen’s desserts include Baked English custard and other chocolate delights. For lunch, two courses are available for £19.00 and £23.00 for three courses. Launceston Place also offer an early evening menu, tasting and Sunday lunch menu.
Timothy joins an experienced front of house team whose sommelier Agustin Trapero presides over a wine list that has won Tatler Best Wine List Award and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
The sixty seater restaurant, located in a quiet residential street behind Gloucester Road, was originally designed by Tina Norden of Conran & Partners. Its bitter chocolate walls and a warm colour palette of gold and warm beige showcase art by up and coming British artists including, ‘Quartet of Buckets’ by Joby Williamson, various Cornish landscapes by Belinda Crozier and paintings by St. Ives based Ralph Freeman. The restaurant also benefits from a semi private room known as “the chef’s office” where tables of up to ten are invited to dine overseeing the activities of the kitchen via a plasma screen.
Launceston Place is open for lunch and dinner all week (except Monday lunch).
Notes for the editor
Prior to his seven year tenure at Whatley Manor, Timothy worked for four years for John Burton Race, first at L’Ortolan and then at The Landmark. Tim is a Yorkshireman by birth and started his career cooking there before moving South.
D&D London have owned Launceston Place since 2008