Head Chef – Nigel Mendham

‘British through and through’

Born in Norfolk, United Kingdom, Nigel Mendham is proud of his home roots and has a passion for great British food.

Nigel is no stranger to playing a major role in the kitchen at some of the UK’s top restaurants, and spent the early years of his career working in red star country houses around the British Isles - from the south coast to the Lake District. Nigel has worked at South Lodge, Stapleford Park and The Samling Hotel and prior to his work at The Samling Hotel, Nigel was Senior Sous Chef at the Lygon Arms Hotel in the Cotswolds, where he headed up the team with Martin Blunos, the 2 Michelin star chef, refining his skills in the kitchen and moulding Nigel into the chef he is today.

The all-day dining concept of GBR takes Nigel’s philosophy on food back to its roots; working with core ingredients meticulously prepared bringing out the flavours of each ingredient. Finding the perfect balance between seasonally inspired dishes and those Great British favourites, Nigel’s cuisine is simply, British food at its best.

Located in the heart of London’s West End, at no. 36 Little St. James Street, GBR presents a fresh, new addition to the well-loved restaurants of St. James and a chance for Mayfair diners to enjoy an all-day dining experience in a great atmosphere, offering simple dishes cooked brilliantly within an extraordinary space in true British style.

Artur Kwiecien

Artur comes from the historical and tourist town of Sandomierz, Poland and studied hospitality in the capital, Krakow, where on weekends he worked in the best restaurants in Old Town, learning how to deal with clients from all over the world.

In 2005 he moved to London where he built a career by working in the best 5 star hotels in London.

In November 2012 he joined DUKES LONDON as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and after a brilliant journey he has now has become the F&B Manager.

Artur’s hard work and dedication helped GBR to be awarded by AA as best breakfast in London 2016 and In 2017 he was named the employee of the year at DUKES LONDON.

He’s main goal is to offer guests a memorable and exceptional experience when having their breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any meal at GBR.

Mariantonietta Varamo

Coming from one of the Chianti Hills of the charming Tuscany, Mariantonietta start his career at the age of 15 while still at the Hospitality school.

While still in Tuscany, she could experience the Renaissance of hospitality thanks to the high flow tourism from USA, Germany and UK. At that time she had the chance to work at some of the best local hotels in Tuscany, where she learned the secrets of Bartending.

Finally, in November 2012 she joined DUKES LONDON, working with Alessandro Palazzi at the DUKES Bar, being the first woman who ever performed as Bartender in 110 years of DUKES history.

Recently, she has joined GBR team as Bar Manager, mastering the art of cocktails and exciting guests with new recipes!

To the guest she will say:

“Sit, relax and allow me to Taylor your drink”.