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York & Albany Restaurant

127–129 Pkwy.
London , England , United Kingdom

In between cursing on the telly and steering his global restaurant empire, British megachef Gordon Ramsay made his debut as a hotelier last September. He put his gifted protégé Angela Hartnett in charge of the hotel’s kitchen. He also hired British interior designer Russell Sage to bewitch a derelict 1826 coaching inn into a Regency-inspired 10-room confection. Even the mattresses are from Hypnos—the very same brand found in Buckingham Palace. The not-quite-ideal location on a busy road in Camden Town, in North London, hasn’t stopped the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow from dining at the hotel’s restaurant, where the earthy sophistication of Hartnett’s dishes—warm wood-pigeon salad with roasted quince; sea bream with crushed potatoes and cucumber sauce—comes at bargain prices. From the $27 set lunch to bar tapas, the entire menu can be had in-room, too. Then again, why miss out on the action in the sultry-red basement dining space that evokes a postmodern bordello?

T+L Tip At Hartnett’s Nonna’s Deli, in the former stable, you’ll find all the makings (including La Perla di Torino truffles) for an haute picnic in nearby Regent’s Park.

Last updated 2012-02-22 02:47:07 UTC
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