An exciting opportunity for lovers of the finer things in life comes to London’s St James’s this month, when Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchants, Berry Bros & Rudd, begin a new chapter in its long and distinguished history by opening the Sussex Cellar, named after the Duke of Sussex, one of seven royal dukes who were regular customers at Berry Bros & Rudd in the 19th century.
This new space at its 3 St James’s Street premises, where it first started trading in 1698, will play host to a series of one-night-only dinners (£190) for 40 diners, in which top London restaurants will take over the kitchen. Berry’s (pictured) will provide wines to complement each course.
First up, on July 20, will be the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana, famous for its richly aromatic dishes. While the menu remains under wraps at present, wild muntjac biryani and pomegranate and mint raitahave both been promised. Selecting the wines will be master of wine Demetri Walters, who has worked with the company for over 10 years.
October heralds a menu from Dabbous, and in September acclaimed King’s Road restaurant Medlar will enter the subterranean lair – a space that extends through the mezzanine and the sub-basement level of the cellars and features handmade tiles and design details inspired by Spanish bodegas.
“The new cellar space will be very different from anything we have done before,” says Geordie Willis, Berry’s creative director. “We’re incredibly excited about the restaurants we have lined up.”
They won’t be the only ones.