Iconic London restaurant to reopen with new look & new chef patron

Julie’s Restaurant, in London’s Holland Park, has announced that it will reopen following an extensive refurbishment in September of 2019, the restaurant’s 50th year.

A neighbourhood restaurant with an international profile, Julie’s first opened in W11 in November 1969 with famed interior designer Julie Hodgess at the helm.

A London legend, it quickly earned a reputation for hosting a clientele of rock stars, high society names and Hollywood celebrities, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Moss and Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to Notting Hill and Holland Park locals.

The property’s owners, Tim and Cathy Herring took over the running of the restaurant in 1972 from Julie Hodgess. Julie will once again be responsible for the distinctive interiors; the decadent originality of the restaurant will remain in its designs, with key characteristics retained such as stained-glass windows and Gothic wood carvings as well as a honeycomb of small eating areas and alcoves.

Shay Cooper, previously of The Goring, has been appointed as chef patron. Cooper, who was awarded a Michelin star at his two previous establishments, will serve a menu of modern British cuisine, with dishes including Glazed Ox Cheek and Aged Sirloin of Beef.

Joining Cooper in his brigade is Tim and Cathy’s grandson Ralph Herring as chef de partie, introducing a new generation to this legendary establishment and ensuring Julie’s remains true to its local and family feel.

Cooper said of Julie’s reopening, “I am excited to contribute to preserving and building upon the legacy of the restaurant, which cares about its neighbourhood. Julie’s has always had a loyal following for its ambience and atmosphere, and it is my ambition for the restaurant to gain a reputation for great food.”

Renowned for its celebratory atmosphere and party mode, Julie’s will welcome back its existing regulars and fans, and looks forward to introducing a new generation to the restaurant.