Lutyens Restaurant pays tribute to Fleet St history

Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:14am EDT
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By Julie Mollins

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A new restaurant at 85 Fleet Street in London features a design that highlights the role the building once played as headquarters of Reuters news agency, one of the world's major media organizations.

Fleet Street was renowned as a buzzing center of the printing and newspaper publishing industries from 1500 when Wynkyn de Worde established a printing press near St Bride's church until the latter part of the 20th century when media organizations moved away from the "Street of Adventure."

The press in Britain is still collectively referred to as "Fleet Street"

Now, chef David Burke creates food for customers in several dining spaces modernized by contemporary British designer Terence Conran on the two lower floors of the original building, which was designed and built in the 1930s by British architect Edward Lutyens.

"It's very simple and very generous food," said Burke, originally from Dublin and formerly a chef at London's Bibendum restaurant, adding that the menu is based on "regional French food with some modern British and Irish touches."

"Fish and shellfish would be my favorites." he said when prompted to name a preferred dish.

On offer are clams, prawns, lobster and a wide variety of oyster dishes, but the menu also features a broad range of meat, including veal and rabbit.

The floor in the bar incorporates stock prices in the tiling, a reference to the role of Reuters as a financial news service. As well, pictures of Paul Julius Reuter, who founded Reuters in 1851, hang on the walls. One of the private dining rooms in the cellar is named for Reuter.   Continued...

<p>Chef David Burke stands outside a private dining room named Reuters in the cellar of Lutyens Restaurant on July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Julie Mollins</p>