Heritage plays a role in the recent refurbishment of London's oldest restaurant, Simpsons-in-the-Strand.

Heritage Collection™

Heritage Collection™

Standard Supplier 14th July 2017

Heritage plays a role in the recent refurbishment of London's oldest restaurant, Simpsons-in-the-Strand.

The historic Simpsons-in-the-Strand restaurant, part of the Savoy group, reopened its doors this week after a complete refurbishment, (its first since 1903). The restaurant is one of the oldest in England, an institution of all that is British. It was a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill among other esteemed patrons.

The refurbishment needed to be sympathetic to the historical importance of the restaurant. It is thought that the carving trolley was invented at Simpsons as a way of serving chess players their dinner without interruping their game. Heritage Collection lovingly restored the restaurants carving trolleys as part of the overall refurbishment project, creating two lovely trolleys from the best bits salvaged from seven original trolleys.

Martin McDonagh, owner of Heritage, commented on the work:

“The trolleys needed to retain their authenticity, however they were using heating techniques from 100 years ago. We refurbished the old silverware & installed a new heating solution, adding gas burners to ensure the trolleys were compliant with current health & safety requirements. To make the old brass wheels fit for modern day purpose, we had to get a North-sea oil company to bond rubber to the original wheels!”

Martin presented the restaurant with a special set of steak carving knives, created exclusively by Heritage Collection as a gift in recognition of the long-standing relationship between the two businesses.

Thanks to the trolleys restoration, Roast meats can now continue to be carved at patron’s tables, just as they were in Victorian times. The carvery trolleys will remain a feature, creating a dramatic yet practical way of adding a touch of theatre to a high-end dining experience for years to come.

Heritage prides itself on the high-quality tableware products it designs & manufactures. View the full story on our blog.

In these challenging times…

…the hospitality landscape has dramatically changed in the last two months, and with that our advertising revenues have all but expired, significantly impacting our business. Despite having to furlough a large portion of our staff, we are still delivering the valuable content and honest information, which hundreds of thousands of you come to The Staff Canteen for. We believe we have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs, are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector.

Your financial support means we remain independent and open to all. We were launched by a chef and remain the voice of chefs and other hospitality professionals.

We need your support to keep delivering the products and content that you love, giving you the platform to share opinions and inspiration. Every contribution whether big or small, means so much.
Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you