Change Of Name For The Harlot On The High Road

New pub at Carvosso's site to be known as The Crown at planned January opening

The interior could look similar to their latest pub in Maida Vale


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The former Carvosso's at 210 Chiswick High Road will be known as The Crown at its opening planned for January 2019, can exclusively reveal.

It had originally been announced that the new pub/restaurant would be called The Harlot, inspired by William Hogarth's eighteenth-century series of prints, The Harlot's Progress.

Chef director Henry Harris, formerly of Racine in Chelsea, explained, “We had been trying to find for some time a name that was relevant to the actual building, and couldn’t find one that was quite right. That was until someone pointed out that police are crown servants and as the site was a former jail, it was a natural fit to call it The Crown.”

Henry Harris

The Head Chef will be Sicilian born Daniele Zaffora who has worked with Henry previously at Racine as well as at Dover Street Arts Club. Daniele’s Mediterranean influence will be visible across the menus.

The new Crown at 210 CHR will offer a seven-day a week, all-day menu, from morning breakfasts, onto casual or formal lunches and dinners. The seventeenth century building is set across 2 floors, over a total area of almost 6,000 square feet. Formerly a police station and stables, the space has capacity for up to 120 covers, containing a bar, dining room, courtyard, and 2 private dining rooms.

hero of maida vale dining area

The style of the upstairs dining area of their recently opened Hero of Maida Vale might provide a clue

Interior designer Liana Braune (founder, Zaffera London) is currently busy with the interior, which will be "a fluid and inviting space, where inside and outside are seamlessly combined."

While we do not yet have any images to share, we can that reveal that guests will step through a double-fronted entrance into a bar space that is dotted with high stools, poser tables and has a large brass bar as centrepiece. Beyond this, the dining room will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that look out both onto the street and onto the internal courtyard that has been designed by local landscapers.

The launch of The Crown had been delayed due to unexpected building issues, but the owners are confident of a January 2019 opening.

The Crown will be the fourth site from Harcourt Inns, a collection of London based pubs with dining rooms, following Three Cranes in the City (2017), The Coach in Clerkenwell (January 2018) and The Hero of Maida in Maida Vale (May 2018).

The project is especially significant to Henry Harris who, having lived locally for the past 21 years, has always envisioned developing a pub in his own neighbourhood.

Front of House will be overseen by Ruth Leigh (Le Café Anglais, Dock Kitchen, The Hero of Maida) who is also a local.

Henry Harris will continue to work with his network of suppliers of the last thirty years, such as HG Walter in Baron’s Court; Cove South West of Poole Dorset; and Vernon Mascarenhas of Nature’s Choice. More locally he will continue to work with Natoora; his wife Denise, of Harris Vintners; and the Baker family who have the greengrocers adjacent to The Crown.

The drinks selection will include beers and ales from local breweries, such as Fullers’ London Pride and Portobello Brewery, and the wine list will include grower Champagnes, and French spirits such as Cognac, Armagnac and Brandy. Classic cocktails will also feature.

The former Carvossos's

A retractable canopy roof will enhance the outside courtyard space, making it accessible all year round. There will also be a visible wine cellar, occupying the old jail cells, along with two private dining rooms, all of which open onto the main areas.

You can read our previous interview with Henry Harris here.

November 27, 2018

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