Lee Skeet to bring Cardiff restaurant Cora to London in July

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Lee Skeet, is bringing acclaimed Cardiff restaurant Cora to London in July for a two-day popup 

The popup will run on the first and second of July and will be held at Uyen Luu’s Hackney studio. It will showcase dishes from the Cora menu with a set tasting menu of seasonal produce, which is heavily rooted in seafood and Lee's upbringing in the southwest.

The July popup will mark the first time that the restaurant has been on the road. 

Lee said: “I’m so happy - after a tough few years - to finally have a permanent restaurant, and now the next logical step for me is to return to London to test myself in the place I trained, and see if I can still compete at that level, which I’m confident I can."

During his time, Lee has trained under Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Tom Aikens. Then he became head chef at Hedone, which was, at the time, ranked in the world’s best restaurants and held a Michelin star. Following this, he held sold-out popups and supper clubs around London and in Cardiff, Bristol, Devon and Cornwall.

 

He said: "When I was in London doing popups before, I was just trying to cook the best I could. But it’s so much more now. We have a complete restaurant and dining experience. From the food, to the music, to our own identity, to world-class service from lily- who runs the restaurant. I can’t wait to be back and show how far we've come.” 

Lee's restaurant Cora, which opened in January of this year, came after a rather interesting time in the chef's life. Following four years out of the kitchen, stemming from a serious accident, Lee began cooking the Bones Supper Club in his living room in Cardiff Bay during the pandemic.    

This living room supper club was named the best new restaurant in the capital and, after getting a temporary site, was fully booked for the entire six-month project. This quickly led to a permanent site, which has been fully booked every night since Cora opened.

Despite being just six months old Cora is already named in Wales’ best restaurants and has gained notoriety for only opening Monday to Thursday.

Tickets for the tasting menu are priced at £75pp, with dinner service on Friday, July 1st, and lunch service on Saturday, July 2nd. Alongside the tasting menu, there will also be optional extras like otoro tuna sashimi, Cornish oysters, a lobster course and a choice of specially selected wine pairings.

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Editor 9th June 2022

Lee Skeet to bring Cardiff restaurant Cora to London in July