Drake & Morgan appoints new Parlour head chef, announces plans for ninth site

By Daniel Woolfson

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Artist's impression of the new site, Drake & Morgan at King's Cross
Artist's impression of the new site, Drake & Morgan at King's Cross

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Drake & Morgan site the Parlour, in Canary Wharf, London, has appointed Christopher Hickey as its new head chef.

Hickey, who previously worked as head training and development chef for Hammersmith Brands and at several high-profile restaurants including Marco Pierre White’s Harvey’s and the Gloucester Hotel, will oversee the Parlour’s team of 11 chefs.

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The pub group recently announced plans to open its ninth site, a new bar and grill concept, in London’s King’s Cross in September.

The site, which will be called Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross, will comprise of two bars and a restaurant, as well as a deli and lounge, private dining room and bookable “kitchen pods”.

Dylan Murray, director of operations at Drake & Morgan, said: “Inspired by our trips to cities further afield, from Istanbul to New York, the menu will represent an elevated offering for our group.”

Head chef Dave Green, who previously worked at Soho eatery Dean Street Townhouse, will lead the venue’s kitchen team, producing a menu divided into meat, fish and vegetable “off the grill” sections alongside charcuterie and cheese.

Jillian MacLean, managing director of Drake & Morgan, said: “Over the last few years we’ve watched King’s Cross regenerate and turn into a diverse foodie hub and are extremely excited to have chosen it as the location for the ninth bar and restaurant.

“The site we’ve selected is perfectly placed with great passing trade and the Google offices directly above us.”

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