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Browns plans £2m refurb for Covent Garden venue for 50th birthday

To celebrate the group’s 50th birthday, Browns will relaunch their Covent Garden site that will see a £2, refurbishment of the Grade II-listed building that once housed the old Westminster County Court building in the heart of London’s West End.

Set to reopen its doors on 4th April, the project is currently underway to completely renovate the interiors, whilst highlighting the stunning features of this historic building. Unique aspects such as the county court cells that now serve as wine cellars and original courtrooms that make for rather special private dining rooms are respectfully showcased among the plans.

The main dining room will be transformed with art deco styling, luxurious furnishings and opulent finishes. The three private dining rooms, originally courtrooms and the judge’s chambers and study, will all have stunning new looks, perfect for corporate or social groups.

The site will also launch a brand new bespoke cocktail bar upstairs that promises to be an intimate setting with plush furnishings, perfect for a pre-dinner drink, a digestif or a whole evening’s worth of hand-crafted cocktails. A special 50th Birthday afternoon tea will also be launched around the reopening as well as a new cocktail created for the occasion.

Tameka Percival, General Manager, shared, “Celebrating 50 years of Browns is an incredibly significant milestone for the group and we couldn’t be more proud.

'The refurbishment of our Covent Garden site is our biggest yet and its prime location in London’s West End is a favourite among our customers. We can’t wait to reopen doors for both returning guests and new visitors with this exciting transformation!”

The group is renowned for its seasonal British menu, from breakfast through to dinner, alongside cocktails and a comprehensive range of wine and Champagne. The restaurants remain a favourite for Sunday roasts, Champagne bottomless brunches and traditional afternoon tea.

In time for the reopening, the kitchen will be launching their spring specials that will sit alongside their signature dishes, such as Chicken schnitzel with a lemon and thyme crumb, fried heritage hen egg, dressed salad or fries; Shepherd’s pie with slow-cooked pulled lamb shoulder in red wine and herbs served with tenderstem broccoli; Traditional fish & chips served with a pea & mint puree, tartare sauce and thick cut chips.

Chef ’s Specials of Surf & Turf are served every Thursday to Saturday that feature a whole fresh lobster and two 7oz fillet steaks to share, served with cherry wine tomatoes, watercress, fries and a choice of sauces. Weekends serve bottomless brunch and a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

Browns was the first hospitality venture established by Jeremy Mogford, who in 1973 invested £10k in the first Browns Restaurant and Bar in Brighton, East Sussex. He established a chain of seven restaurants, mostly in university towns such as Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. Now, the group consists of 25 restaurants throughout the UK with sites across London as well as Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow.