We are delighted to be working with Xavier Rousset on his new venture Blandford Comptoir. We have made the first installation today on Blandford Street, in London’s Marylebone. The restaurant will serve Meditarranean-influenced food in small and large plates – but not tapas style.
The 250-strong wine list will feature bins from all around the world, with 40 to 50 champagnes. Rousset said some of the list will be ‘interactive’, with some bins chosen by customers and well-known names from the wine world. There will also be wine-inspired cocktails on offer. This is Rousset’s first project since leaving 28°-50° and Texture last year, of which he was co-founder. This time he will be in sole charge. A second venue is planned to open at the end of July in the City, near Bank station.
Xavier started his career working at various prestigious restaurants in France such as the two Michelin Star Le Laurent in Paris and Villa Belrose in St Tropez before becoming Chief Sommelier at the Hotel du Vin. In 2002, Xavier won the Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year and became the youngest Master Sommelier in the world. He was next appointed Head Sommelier at the Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons working with the esteemed Raymond Blanc. Upon leaving, Xavier along with business partner Agnar Sverrisson set up Texture restaurant in 2007 which, within only three years, won a Michelin Star plus a host of other accolades including three Rosettes in the AA Guide. Most recently, Xavier opened 28.50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen as well as various other outlets in London.
On the launch of Blandford Comptoir, Xavier comments: “I am really excited to launch Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone, which remains my favourite area of London. It has managed to retain its village and independent feel, which is so unusual in the Capital nowadays! “Comptoir” dining and the casual yet professional approach to restaurants is very much the way I like to dine out, focusing on ingredients and a relaxed atmosphere.”