Galvin La Chapelle –
Combining Exquisite French Cuisine with History
Located in the increasing popular and artisan neighbourhood of Spitalfields, Galvin La Chapelle was the third restaurant to be opened by acclaimed chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. With its 30 metre high vaulted ceiling, award-winning design and lighting, you will be in awe of this magnificent grade II listed building.
La Chapelle has had praise heaped upon it from the very beginning, winning no less than 8 top restaurant awards in its first year, including AA London Restaurant of the Year and Tatler Magazine Restaurant of the Year.
Chef Patron Jeff Galvin consistently provides a menu of modern French cuisine gaining a Michelin star in the 2011 Red Guide an impressive one year after the restaurant opened. There is also a menu gourmand, prix fixe lunch and early dinner menu and Sunday Roast lunch menu.
The service under the direction of Antonio d'Agostinho and his team effortlessly combines warm, friendly and attentive hospitality with a fine sense of tradition and decorum in keeping with the grandeur of this amazing building. The restaurant is one of the few in London to hold a vertical list of Hermitage La Chapelle wines.
La Chapelle – A Colourful History
Galvin La Chapelle is a building with a long and interesting history. It was built for the parish of Bishopsgate and the central foundation school for girls in 1890. It served as a parish hall and gymnasium until 1975, when the school relocated to Bethnal Green. The rest of the building and the curate’s house were demolished between 1976 and 1977.
The hall was due for the same fate, however a group of local residents led by historian Dan Cruickshank (a regular guest in the former Café) staged a sit-in protest and chained themselves to the front door gates to stop the bulldozers from doing any damage and the building was saved.
The hall gained grade 2 listed building status, but remained in a derelict state for 17 years, until it was discovered by Chris and Jeff.
Galvin La Chapelle opened on 18th November 2009 after undergoing a complete refurbishment. The designers worked very closely with the Galvin family who were very much involved in creating the aesthetic and chose carefully the lighting, flooring and furniture – the walls are limestone plaster and the ceiling has been refurbished, although many of the original woodwork in the ceiling and the granite pillars remain.
The building and décor is a thing of beauty, combined with amazing food, Galvin La Chapelle really is something else.
Find the latest Gourmand menu and booking information below.
fennel, avocado & ruby grapefruit
Wye Valley asparagus, Montgomery fondue & candied hazelnuts
Oscietra caviar, soft boiled quail’s egg & Vichyssoise
Martin sec pear, candied walnuts & whipped goat’s curd
foie gras, Bayonne ham & sauce gribiche
spiced aubergine purée & herb salad
couscous, confit lemon & harissa sauce
braised endive, mild curry, raisin & pine nut dressing
millefeuille of rainbow chard & celery, Périgord sauce
Tokyo turnip, caramelised daikon & orange purée
caponata, sage & olive beignets & bottarga
herb gnocchi, kale & sauce suprême
roast Italian aubergine & miso glaze
quinoa & cumin sand carrot purée
Normandy crème fraîche
toasted almond ice-cream
banana & thyme sorbet
confit kumquats & blood orange sorbet
rhubarb & ginger beer sorbet
raisin & pickled walnut purée
Monday to Saturday: 12pm-2:30pm
Monday to Saturday: 6pm-10:30pm
Call to Book: 020 7299 0400
Address: 35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY
Telephone: 020 7299 0400
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