1 Michelin Star Chefs: James Sharp, Head Chef at Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy

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James Sharp is the head Chef of one-Michelin starred restaurant1890 by gordon ramsay at The savoy hotel, London

1890 by Gordon Ramsay opened on the 23rd of February 2022 and two years later the restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in the Michelin Guide for UK and Ireland 2024.

1890 by Gordon Ramsay

Website: https://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/restaurant-1890  

Tel: +44 207 499 0124
Email: [email protected]  

Instagram: @restaurant1890gordonramsay

Facebook: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

Twitter / X: @GordonRamsayGRR

Opening times:
Friday & Saturday
12:30pm - 2:45pm

Tuesday - Saturday
6:30pm – 9:30pm 


Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, James Sharp studied Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. During his studies, he started to cook for himself more and often made fresh bread and pasta for his house mates. Post-graduation, James's passion for cooking became his main focus.

Inspired by the culinary creations of a renowned three-star chef, James set his sights on joining the esteemed Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, a goal he ultimately realised. Starting humbly as a Commis, he steadily progressed, guided by the mentorship of Matt Abé, until he attained the role of Sous Chef. His journey within Gordon Ramsay Restaurants then led him to Pétrus, where he embraced new challenges, overseeing the team's development and growth.

James quickly raised through the ranks of the Ramsay’s London culinary empire and in 2022, when 1890 restaurant was opened, Gordon Ramsay himself appointed him as Executive Head Chef.

What James finds most gratifying about his work in the kitchen is the perpetual learning journey it offers. Whether exploring diverse cuisines, mastering new techniques, or embracing the beauty of each changing season's produce, James remains driven by the opportunity for growth and innovation, elements he also brings to the table at Restaurant 1890.

1890 by gordon ramsay

Named in honour of Georges Auguste Escoffier, ‘1890' marks the year that the renowned French chef joined The Savoy, beginning his outstanding contribution to global culinary standards.

Delivering the glamour of haute cuisine to British shores, Escoffier is credited with creating the five “mother sauces” which today form the foundations of French cookery: Hollandaise, Bechamel, Velouté, Tomato, Espagnole.

Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay pays homage to the culinary titan, creating a modern French seasonal tasting menu with European touches. “Nearly every top chef around the world today has been influenced at some time in their career by Escoffier’s legacy, however diverse their cuisine, and 1890 by Gordon Ramsay will offer a very fresh and contemporary experience,” says Ramsay.

Whilst offering highly exclusive, contemporary fine dining and providing guests with a true sense of delight, restaurant 1890 offers an intimate and elevated experience, opening for dinner only and seating 26 guests with sittings at 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

According to Sharp, diners can expect the feel of an exclusive kitchen table experience, but in a restaurant setting: “It’s always been a dream of mine to run an intimate tasting menu restaurant in such a beautiful location.”

Overlooking the iconic Savoy Hotel entrance, Restaurant 1890 is dressed in sophisticated hues of beige and gold with crisp white tablecloths. Its ambient art deco aesthetic is the work of Russell Sage Studios, responsible for some of the interiors of the UK’s most exclusive hotels, restaurants and residences, nonetheless creator of the classic interiors of The Savoy Grill.



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Inspired by dishes first created by Georges Auguste Escoffier during his time at The Savoy Hotel in 1890, James Sharp and his team have delivered a modern French tasting menu with European influence.

“Restaurant 1890 creates a blend between unparalleled service, culinary creativity and exquisite wines,” said Gordon Ramsay at its opening. “The tasting menu is prepared with great flair under the very talented executive head chef James Sharp and our hand-picked team.

“It’s the third gastronomic jewel operated by our restaurant group at The Savoy [Ramsay has been in charge of the Savoy Grill since 2003, and he has recently launched the seafood-focused River Restaurant] and we’re incredibly excited to offer this new experience.”

The Carte Blanche Dinner Tasting Menu costs £175 and features nine courses available from Tuesday to Saturday. A shorter, four course version of this menu is available Friday and Saturday lunchtimes.

“The finest ingredients are sourced from all corners of the world,” explained James Sharp in an interview after the inauguration of the restaurant. “The tasting menu may change from day to day to ensure the best produce we can find is always featured.”

The ever-changing tasting menu includes Escoffier-inspired signature dishes such as luxurious vol-au-vent lobster with a fragrant herb purée and sauce Americaine. Other dishes that can be found are a Bouillabaisse a la Marsellaise and a wild garlic velouté with crème fraiche and frog leg.

Every dish is matched with a carefully curated wine list chosen by Head of Wine, Emanuel Pesqueira. For the remarkable breadth, depth, and originality in every bottle, the restaurant is also recognised in The World of Fine Wine.

"Our wine list is a humble gathering of recognition to the vintners on their tremendous dedication and artistic wine making skills,” says Emanuel. “Every time I open a bottle, it is like unlocking a special or specific time and place. Every glass has something different to say; each wine represents a journey, passion, history, family, mystery, and celebration somewhere. I look forward to uncorking new moments and building new memories through our wine list.”

On the 5th of February 2024, 1890 by Gordon Ramsay was awarded One Michelin Star. 

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1 Michelin Star Chefs: James Sharp, Head Chef at Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy