Only Food and Courses founder Robbie Lorraine to run the Boys Hall kitchen


Lorraine, who also appeared in the latest BBC series Great British menu​, will oversee menus for the restaurant and pub within the grounds of the estate, which was acquired by husband-and-wife team Bradley and Kristie Lomas in 2019 and underwent a full refurbishment before it opened to the public. ‘fall.

The Boys Hall restaurant will open in September, Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, and will be inspired by Only Food and Courses, the 80s and 90s themed fine dining concept operated by Lorraine at POP Brixton in Londonuntil very recently.

The menu will be split between snacks, small plates, mains and desserts, and will include lobster fritters, a signature of Only Food and Courses; lightly smoked eel with cucumber jelly, flowers, samphire and spicy malt vinegar; cider-braised pork belly with pork crockery, bacon jam and loin stuffed with black pudding; and strawberry and white chocolate parfait with basil granita.

There will also be the option of a ‘blind tasting menu’ which will change weekly and include six courses for £75 tailored to the dietary requirements of the tables. Customers will be able to choose the “open” or “blind” option, which dictates whether they see their menu before or after the meal.

Alongside the restaurant, there will also be an on-site pub, which will be open to the public as well as residents and will house a wine cellar with a capacity of 4,000 bottles.

“I am delighted to join the Boys Hall team and work closely with everyone, especially Bradley and Kristie who have done a fantastic job restoring this magnificent building,” says Lorraine.

“The time and effort they have put in is nothing short of phenomenal and their dynamic personalities are really starting to shine throughout the room. I also look forward to working with local vendors as the products available in the area are among the best in the country.

“My goal is to create innovative and imaginative menus. I firmly believe that working without limits when developing new ideas creates the best and most impactful food. I want the food at Boys Hall to evoke lasting memories for guests. It will be a real treat to go from a tiny shipping container to a full crew and a brand new kitchen. »

Following the restaurant’s opening in September, Boys Hall will launch 10 en-suite rooms in December 2022. They will include five large suites each with super king beds, spacious bathrooms and features such as free-standing baths in the the bedroom, idyllic window seats. overlooking the estate and original canopy beds.

The large landscaped grounds will include a rose garden, a formal front lawn (with garden games during the summer months), beehives producing the hall’s own honey and a vegetable patch to grow herbs and flowers for the restaurant and the bar.

Future plans are underway to further expand the food and drink offering in a few years to open a garden bar with outdoor pizza oven; and also set up treatment rooms and several luxury cabins around the estate’s wild pond.

“We loved every minute of restoring this beautiful, timeless period property,” says Kristie and Bradley, who first announced the opening of Boys Hall back in January​.

“It was such a privilege to be able to combine our background and our love of home comforts and be part of the rich history of this home, which we immediately fell in love with. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to combine our backgrounds and our love of home comforts and be part of the rich history of this house and its beautiful, evolving gardens.

Bradley was the former COO of East London Pub Co, while Kristie is the founder of Drink, Shop & Do as well as the Keystone Crescent Members Club at King’s Cross in London.

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