Angela Hartnett is one of the UK’s best-loved chefs – she was awarded an MBE for services to British hospitality in 2007. After making her name working for Gordon Ramsay, she opened a series of highly successful restaurants inspired by her Italian grandmother and aunts.
Find out about some of Angela's favourite foodie spots in London in this exclusive interview for the Let's Do London campaign.
Where's the first place you're heading to when indoor hospitality reopens?
Noble Rot, the original branch on Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury. And I want to see if I can get to KOL, Santiago Lastra’s place, which is just brilliant Mexican cooking. My first Sunday lunch will probably be at Phil Howard’s Elystan Street.
Where have you been a customer the longest?
Where do you go for coffee and what’s your order?
First thing in the morning, it’s always a cappuccino, and then in afternoon it’s a macchiato. I like anywhere that’s Italian, I like it hot and tasting of coffee, somewhere like Bar Italia if I’m in the West End. I don’t really do fancy coffee places.
Where's your lunch spot of choice?
If I want a simple lunch, I love La Fromagerie – you can go and eat there by yourself. There was one time I was in Marylebone, I got a puncture and I ended up there while I was waiting for the AA and it was fabulous.
What about if you have to grab and go?
40 Maltby Street, I was there yesterday and grabbed a fantastic pork schnitzel sandwich with a celeriac remoulade and a little bit of pickle. It was perfect.
Do you have a Sunday lunch standby?
What's the best value meal in London?
Where's your perfect pub?
Where's your late-night destination of choice?
Chinatown. It’s full of great restaurants that are open late. No seriously spicy offal for me, I like an English Chinese with sweet ‘n’ sour pork and chicken chow mein.
What have you missed most about restaurants?
The conviviality of it, being out with people and not always the people you’re living with. I love my husband dearly, but it’s nice to see other people.
I suppose the beauty of somewhere like Soho is you can go in somewhere, and you won’t be there to meet anyone, and you’ll run into someone you know. Or you go to meet someone and you run into 10 other people that you know on your way there.