Iconic riverside restaurant Le Pont de la Tour reopens its doors with a new chef and fabulous updated interiors.
Le Pont de la Tour has long been one of the most recognised French restaurants in London. Many Londoners have fond memories of its sunny afternoons spent sipping chilled white wine on its terrace, overlooking the water from its enviable position on the Thames bank.
Now we get to rediscover it all over again as both the food and interiors have been given a refresh breathing new life into an old classic.
In celebration of the relaunch, Le Pont de la Tour – famous for its delectable wine list – will be offering a large selection of bottles all at their original 1991 prices, the year the restaurant opened. Pick up bottles such as a 1982 Chateau Lynch-Bages 5ème Cru Classe for £180 or a 1983 Chateau Palmer for half the price you’d typically pay today.
The menus are now being handled by Head Chef Frederick Forster, previously of Le Gavroche and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, who’s put together something that’s classically French inspired with a contemporary twist. Roasted Orkney scallops come with violent artichokes, there’s a seasonal dish of golden beetroots with pear, turnip, wild wood sorrel and cobnuts, and even a Niçoise pan-bagnat inspired burger served with provençal style vegetables and warmed goats cheese.
The space has become altogether more sleek and sophisticated, inspired by the interiors of French cruise liner SS Normandie, the décor has taken on nautical elements throughout. Deep reds and greens come together with Erté wallpaper to create an environment evocative of roaring twenties glamour.
For elegant French dining by the Thames, there is nowhere better.
Le Pont de la Tour – 36G Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Words by Patrick Hamilton Courtney, follow him on Instagram @patrickcourtneyldn or twitter @pcourtneyldn