The Corner Room, one of two restaurants in east London's Town Hall hotel, has appointed John Christie as new head chef.
Christie previously spent three years at the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles hotel and resort, a period at Claude Bosi's Hibiscus in London, and a stage at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. He started his career at Kinnaird House hotel, Perthshire.
The chef will now offer a seasonal menu based on locally-sourced British produce, focusing on simple flavours and cooking techniques. There will also now be a six-course tasting menu with small-sized a la carte dishes.
Typical plates will include roe deer with baby gem kimchi; pear beurre noisette and dandelion; and John Dory fish with kohlrabi, Cornish crab and lardo. A typical dessert might be the greengage, green tea and cobnut.
Prices will range from £4 to £16 for the a la carte dishes, while the set lunch menus start at £19 for two courses and £23 for three.
The Edwardian-era Town Hall building, in the Bethnal Green area, re-opened its doors in April 2010 following an extensive renovation. It also houses the Typing Room restaurant (formerly Viajante under Nuno Mendes), whose head chef is Lee Westcott.