Team behind London bar create Dubai outpost

Reform_Dubai_External_View 2The team behind bar and restaurant Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville Hotel in London are bringing the “quintessentially British” concept to Dubai.

TGP Consulting, which runs the hotel in London, is creating the outpost for Reform Social & Grill in The Lakes in Dubai’s Emirates Hills, due to open in October.

Set over 15,000 square feet, both indoors and outdoors, it will have not only a restaurant and bars but other elements such as a cinema, beach huts, a private-event space and a “tuck shop” and ice cream parlour.

Reform Social & Grill opened last year in the space of the former deVigne bar at the Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone, with an emphasis on English products including gins and twisted classic cocktails.

Described as a “home away from home”, the interior design of the new 200-capacity restaurant in Dubai takes ideas from classic gentlemen’s clubs, combining a very relaxed and easy atmosphere for eating and drinking from early morning until late at night.

The bar (pictured below) will offer a range of classic and creative new cocktails, created by as team of bartenders recruited from European bars. The bar manager is Joao Serio who has over 10 years’ experience at bars such as Puro Beach Club in Vialmoura in Portugal to, most recently, Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel in London.


The general manager for the opening is Tadgh Ryan who has managed some of London’s leading venues. He was part of the original opening management team at Quaglino’s in St James’s in London and went on to hold management positions at other London venues including Circus, West Street, Sanderson hotel and The Met Bar.

Most recently, Tadgh was group bars manager for Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s Rex Restaurants including Brasserie Zédel, Café Colbert, The Wolseley and The Delaunay in London.

The restaurant will serve British cuisine, such as crab tart, duck scotch egg and leek and goat’s cheese pudding as starters, while the charcoal grill will offer Australian wagyu rib eye.

Alongside a selection of salads such as tuna salad, hot smoked salmon and goat’s curd, mains will include Welsh lamb cutlets, macaroni cheese, Mrs Kirkham’s cheese and onion tart, and catch of the day options.

Chocolate pot, treacle tart, Reform Trifle and sticky toffee pudding will be among the desserts and puddings, with extra lashings of custard.

There will also be brunch, elevenses, full English breakfasts and grills. Reform will also have a decked barbecue area for year-round weekend barbecues.

With a strong focus on British culture, the Social part of Reform Social & Grill will feature music and art throughout the space combining jazz, pop and soul, with Brit rock and northern soul later on in the day, finishing with classic hits and favourites till late.

The restaurant manager for the opening is Sara Cristini who rose through the ranks of China Grill and Asia de Cuba, from hostess, waitress and cocktail server to floor manager. She went on to management roles in London at the likes of Movida, Ronnie Scott’s, Kettner’s, Gaucho and, most recently, Hawksmoor restaurants and bars.

The head chef is Paul Hartley Barber, aged 29, who has worked at restaurants in Inverness, St Andrews and Manchester where he was part of the team at The Establishment.

Looking after front of house is reception and events manager Nicole Gilmore who has held many positions from maitre d’ to front-of-house manager at venues such as Nobu, Buddha Bar and Hakkasan in London.

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