You know how almost everyone's fantasy dinner-party guest list includes Stephen Fry? Well, on 14 May, diners at Bibendum can make the dream of eating with the BBC's most popular polymath a reality, because the restaurant is celebrating the relaunch of its first-floor dining room with a one-off celebratory dinner, and Fry will be one of the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Diners will be treated to a Champagne-and-canapé reception and four-course meal, with dishes cooked by the restaurant's new head chef, Peter Robinson, who will use recipes from Bibendum's founding chef, Simon Hopkinson. These will include asparagus with black-truffle vinaigrette, roast lamb with anchovy, rosemary and garlic, and blackcurrant jelly with crème Chantilly - all paired with matching wines courtesy of wine writer Matthew Jukes. Hopkinson will join Fry as one of the hosts for the evening; the two will recount anecdotes and answer questions.
Guests will be the first to see the new-look dining room - a refurbishment that was overseen by the restaurant's owner and design guru, Sir Terence Conran. The all-new space will combine slate-coloured carpets, brightly coloured leather chairs, and artistic nods to the Michelin mascot, from whom the restaurant takes its name. As a souvenir, each guest will take home a specially commissioned porcelain sugar bowl.
The dinner will take place on 14 May, from 7pm. Tickets cost £150 per person, including all food, wine, coffee and water, plus the complimentary sugar bowl. To book your place, call 020 7581 5817.