Raymond Blanc’s hotly anticipated ‘White Brasserie‘ venue in Teddington will open its doors on Monday 20th September.
Work on the building is now complete and staff are currently undergoing customer service training, learning the menus and honing their skills so that they can serve customers as best they can.
The refurbishment really has improved on the previous ageing interior throughout in every way imaginable – not surprising when during the work itself you could see daylight from end of the pub to the other! The functional layout has essentially swapped areas around with kitchen, bar and dining area all moved to make better use of space and routes to each area with minimal disturbance on dining.
Entering the building you now find yourself (quite logically) in the bar area – a long bar accompanied by plush seating areas with soft leather, various snugs and tabled corners. Carrying on past this central bar opens up into the main dining area which is much larger than before but still manages to convey a warm, comfortable and homely feel. Where the main sofa area used to reside is now the kitchen along with the charcoal grill prominently facing the tables so with the open view into the kitchen gives an entertaining glimpse into the cooking process.
Real effort has been made in researching and keeping the historic roots of the Kings Head in addition to keeping the well-known name. The transformation has recaptured the real feel of a traditional pub with open fireplaces, pewter bar and framed photos of Teddington and nearby sights on most walls. A large TV in the bar will show some sports events but will sink silently away into the fixtures when not in use.
The previously separate building reserved for functions has been cleverly joined to the main building as an extension to increase dining space even further. The new brasserie is more focussed on dining but for those just wanting a drink, in addition to the bar, seating remains outside the front and back of the building and dog lovers will be glad to hear that they’re still welcome in the garden and dog bowls are provided!
The WhiteBrasserie website now has more detailed information about the Teddington and Weybridge locations – the latter opened first and is already getting good feedback from the French twist on traditional English food and delighting drinkers with the great wine menu. The Queens Head has been packed outside with diners on hot days and with very similar decor to the Kings Head it will surely entice diners inside to the warm interior during the darker months.
“Dine with wine” offers are already in place on the mouth-watering menu – daily up to 6:30pm two courses £12.50 / three courses £14.95 and after 6:30pm, two courses £16.00 / three courses £18.45 all including a 175ml glass of selected wine.
Weekly events at the brasserie will include a quiz night on Mondays, mussel-lovers will enjoy “Night of a thousand moules” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will bring “Rare cut and breed steak night”.