Le Gavroche's farewell to mark the end of an era 

Le Gavroche's farewell to mark the end of an era 



The restaurant is all set to close its doors in early 2024.

In the ever-changing landscape of the culinary world, some restaurants hold a special place not only in their visitors' hearts but also in the history of gastronomy itself. One such establishment is Le Gavroche, which is all set to bid farewell early next year. Marking the end of an era that transformed Britain's dining scene forever, Chef Michel Roux Jr has announced the impending closure of this iconic restaurant.

Opening doors to the world in the 1960s, Le Gavroche was more than just a restaurant — it was a game-changer. At the time, London lacked a true dining scene. Sure, there were cafes and hotels, but the concept of fine dining did not exist. Le Gavroche revolutionised that and firmly secured its place on the gastronomic map in a few years. Even Charlie Chaplin graced the tables here.

A couple of years after its opening, Le Gavroche earned its first MICHELIN star, setting a new standard for excellence. But the journey was far from over. It claimed its second MICHELIN star in 1977, further solidifying its legendary status. 

But now, this restaurant is going through some winds of change. Michel prepares to close the doors of this celebrated culinary institution. His decision is grounded in a desire for a better work-life balance, acknowledging the need to prioritise family and personal values. Now that's a cause we can get behind — even if it means having Britain's pioneering restaurant closing its curtains.

And La Gavorche is not leaving without a bang. Starting in November, the restaurant will be hosting a series of dinners celebrating the menus over the decades. "Family members and familiar faces who have worked at Le Gavroche in the past will be making appearances at these events," said Michel.

Le Gavroche wasn't merely a restaurant, it was a catalyst for change that elevated British dining to international acclaim. The closure marks the end of an era, but the impact it had on the world of food and the memories it created will continue to live on. But hold up fans, expect some pop-ups and events across town – and internationally – that carry forward the spirit of this culinary haven.

GO: Visit www.le-gavroche.co.uk for more information.