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With the launch of Fera, Londoners have their first chance to sample Simon Rogan’s food since his extended pop-up Roganic closed. The name means ‘wild’ in Latin, and the man himself has said that
the restaurant contains the DNA of his two-Michelin-starred L'Enclume in Cartmel, while being respectful of Claridge’s
heritage: what was formerly Gordon Ramsay’s domain remains a grand art-deco space of ocean-liner proportions, but the new walnut tables are bare, and the combination of green leather seating and
stone and slate crockery references Rogan’s earthy, farming-and-foraging approach to things. Memorable flavour hits are many and thrilling: a dense whip of potato and Winslade cheese studded with
springy diced duck heart; garden-fresh pea wafers with fennel and flowers; a dish of stewed rabbit frilled with crisp ribbons of batter; and a grilled salad involving Isle of Mull cheese, truffle
custard and sunflower seeds. On the downside, we felt that flavours were not sustained as vividly as they are at L’Enclume, and the attentions of myriad staff (including chefs) was off-putting –
first-week jitters, perhaps. Even so, Fera is dazzling confirmation of Rogan’s arrival in gastronomy’s international big league.
Fera at Claridge’s is the hotel’s brand spanking new restaurant by Simon Rogan – his first London venture since the very successful “pop-up” Roganic in Marylebone. Having eaten particularly well at L’enclume and The French, we were really excited to be trying his new place.Fera (which means ‘wild’ in Latin) has replaced the old Gordon Ramsay restaurant and what a transformation it is. The dining room is ever so handsome. It’s a very battleship grey affair with plush carpets, dark leather seating and beautiful sections of stained glass on the ceiling...
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Claridge’s is amongst the creme de la creme of London hotels. To have a flagship restaurant without a Michelin star is all rather awkward. Step-up Simon Rogan (aged 46), of the 2-starred L’Enclume fame, and henceforth came the “concept” of Fera, meaning wild in Latin.Over the years I have become somewhat jaded by tasting menus. Overly fussy and generally more expensive than a la carte, it more often than not left me with an upset stomach as my unprepared digestive system battled with all kinds of experimental cooking. I had been to one of Simon Rogan’s earlier London ventures Roganic, which left me unimpressed...
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Our meal of 2013 was undoubtedly at L’Enclume, the mothership of Simon Rogan’s empire. When we found out that he would be taking over the restaurant at Claridges and that the opening month coincided with my birthday there were no longer questions on choosing a venue. The restaurant opened in May and I have just summoned the courage to write up the blog post. I guess the sheer length of the menu and pictures has put me off until now.One thing I find annoying when reading other blog posts about Fera is that some people complain about the length of the tasting menu and describe them as sixteen courses. It irks...
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I have often walked past but have never stepped into Claridges before, so it was nice to finally see what laid within the legendary walls of this Mayfair hotel.As we walked through the revolving doors, I instinctively walked straight up to the reception at The Foyer, but was then approached by Restaurant Director, Ben Hofer, who led us down the other side of the hall to the entrance to Fera. The latest venture from Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, the name Fera comes from the Latin word 'wild', which reflects the use of seasonal ingredients and the influence of nature in his style of British cooking. Warmly greeted...
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We had a wonderful meal at Simon Rogan's Roganic last year, and when it closed without any confirmation of a follow up London venture I was disappointed that we would not be able to sample his cooking again without a long journey up to Cumbria. So, to my delight, when Claridges announced he would be taking over the restaurant from Gordon Ramsay, I knew we would be heading for lunch as soon as we could.You can't help but feel a bit special when heading into Claridges, and as we arrived a little early we soaked up the ambiance in the lobby before heading in. The room is impressive, with Claridges stunning art deco architecture,...
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It's finally here - the biggest and most anticipated opening of the year. The excitement hasn't been just contained to London, but globally. Renowned chef Simon Rogan was chosen by Claridges to take up residency at the hotel after a long stint with Gordon Ramsay - whose restaurant i visited about 10 years ago. If my memory serves me well, i loved it a lot, so the new restaurant Fera, had some big shoes to fill.Simon runs some of the UK's best restaurants, such as the famous L'Enclume and recently publicised The French in Manchester on TV's Restaurant Wars. Fera, which comes from the Latin word 'wild' was...
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Fera at Claridge’s is Simon Rogan’s 2014 London venture at what used to be Gordon Ramsay’s art deco dining room. Remodelled with a chic olive grey and silver colour scheme, this is without any doubt one of the most stylish dining rooms in London.The food served is equally beautiful too. This is partly achieved through the way Rogan sources and selects his ingredients. With the amount of greenery and flowers on show, he gives Columbia Road market a run for its money, though these impressive dishes are also a result of his meticulous, artistic style. But what about the food and its flavour?Strangely,...
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We do a lot of things that our ancestors would find regressively, inexplicably primitive. In the past (and right now in the developing world while we’re at it), living in a field without running water, electricity or plumbing would be considered poverty. In the modern West, we call it camping and subject our children to it. Foraging arguably falls into the same category – scouring the wilderness for ingredients may turn up the freshest greens, but it seems terribly inefficient and inconsistent to the layman observer.If chef Simon Rogan is best known for anything, other than having his Cumbrian restaurant...
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Fera as in wild - like feral. It’s Latin and it’s also the latest dining installation at Claridges hotel from Simon Rogan who hails from, most notably, L’Enclume up in Cumbria; a two Michelin star establishment with a heavy focus on foraging and locality. I’ve never been, but I know people who have and they say it’s better than The Fat Duck.Wild is perhaps not an attribute you would necessarily align with Claridges hotel; one of London’s chicest hospitality destinations - all elegant sophistication and not in the least bit untamed. I might have felt a little vulnerable and prey-like having flung myself...
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