OPENS SEPTEMBER 2019
If the walls could talk at long-standing Julie’s, we’re sure they’d have plenty to say. The restaurant originally opened its doors in 1969 and quickly gained a reputation as an A-list hotspot, with famous faces such as Kate Moss, Tina Turner and even Diana, Princess of Wales having walked through the doors.
In 2015, the restaurant closed to undergo a refurbishment and was expected to reopen within a few months. However, construction issues and a battle with the Kensington and Chelsea council delayed proceedings, meaning that Julie’s didn’t open again until the autumn of 2019, around the time of its 50th birthday, with chef Shay Cooper heading up the kitchen. Cooper used to oversee The Dining Room at Belgravia’s Goring hotel and at Julie’s he’s championing a menu of what he calls “modern British” dishes.
While diners at the former Julie’s might have enjoyed the decadent likes of lobster risotto, nowadays the menu features more pared-back options, although the food is just as hearty – think glazed ox cheek or aged sirloin of beef. The new iteration also features a Champagne bar, which is an upgrade of the former wine bar.
Wondering about the name? It stems from the original owner Julie Hodgess, an interior designer who kitted out the restaurant with its distinctly eccentric look. In 1972, she sold Julie’s to its current owners, husband and wife duo Tim and Cathy Herring. However, Hodgess has been tempted back to help out with the interiors once again, with several of the original design elements remaining, including the stained-glass windows, the mix of small dining areas and alcoves, and the Gothic wood carvings.
It’s yet to be seen whether Julie’s can once again pull in London’s It crowd and achieve the same level of notoriety that made its name years ago, but with a respected chef at the helm and a (sort of) new look, it seems that for the first time, the food here might be worth talking about more than the guest list.