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The Elizabeth Street Summer Fête and Party

A lovely day was had by all, from the children in the afternoon who had their faces painted, to the adults in the evening who had enjoyed the live entertainment. The Ebury Restaurant and Wine Bar had a successful day with their Pimm's stall, raising £2,000 for the charity of the day – Westminster Befriend a Family.

Elizabeth Street SW1 Summer Party 2016

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A wonderful floral display

Elizabeth Windridge tends the Christmas decorations

Elizabeth Windridge does the excellent festive decorations at Christmas. She decorates the interior and exterior of the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar every year and make it very festive and feel very welcoming. It all adds to the ambiance when people are enjoying their Christmas meal.
 
Elizabeth also decorates the interior and exterior of the restaurant throughout the year and makes sure that the flower and table decorations are always at their best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They deserve a long service medal!

Nigel Windridge and his senior staff celebrate!Nigel Windridge pours a celebratory glass of champagne for the senior members of his team who between them all have completed on average almost twenty years’ service!

 

There long service has been well rewarded, and may they continue to serve you for the foreseeable future.

 

From left to righ: Bernard Dumonteil, Head Chef; Alan Gray, Senior Assistant Manager; Maite Huecas, Assistant Manager; Trent Williams, Manager; and Nigel Windridge, Owner.

 

 

A very successful night!

On Tuesday 20th October 2015 The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar held a special wine tasting dinner so you could find out more about the wines you are drinking.

A short talk was be given by Andrew Quady, the winemaker, about his delicious Californian wines and Matt Thomas told us about a new and exciting wine from Croatia.

The four-course dinner, with a cocktail and different wines to accompany each course was enjoyed by all, as you can see from the photos.

Look out for the next event which will be announced in our monthly newsletter, here on the website or on our Facebook page.

The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bars special wine tasting dinner

 

Congratulations to Maite!

Maite HuecasCongratulations are in order for Maite, the Ebury’s Assistant Manager, who has completed 20 years of service. Maite (Maria Huecas) came to UK in 1994, with her partner/boyfriend at the time. They grew up together same town, Algeciras in Cadiz, although her family were originally from Madrid.

 

Before leaving Spain Maite worked as a primary teacher, something which she adored – teaching was her vocation, not just a career. Unfortunately, coming to London ended this and initially she was unable to carry on her work with children. Unable to return to Spain in the '00 as anticipated, she carried on working at The Ebury, which she thoroughly enjoys and has met a lot of lovely people over the years.

 

About 11 years ago Maite was able to get back to the job she loved doing – working with children – by doing volunteer family support work for children with autism, at the charity Resources for Autism. It started with family support/home visits focusing on one child of a period of months or years and then the last 12-18 months at a weekend school with mixed ages and numbers. Maite has enjoyed it and it has brought her a lot of satisfaction. She loves this contact with the children and seeing what an important place qualified volunteer work plays in assisting families with autistic children. These children and their families are in need support.

 

Resources for Autism charityFrom Maite's experiences with teaching and in her volunteer work Maite sees that more funding is required. More people need to be trained in order to do a good job and reach out to families. To find out more about Resources for Autism, please visit their website.

 

 
 

Nigel Windridge – 40 Years at The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar

Nigel Windridge, proprietor of The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar, SW1Nigel together with his three co directors bought The Ebury Wine Bar, established in 1959, from the previous owners in November 1973. On Tuesday 12th November, 2013 Nigel will have been one of the custodians of The Ebury, as it’s been affectionately known by customers from home and abroad, for 40 years!

While on duty as The Manager on his first night, he served only one customer, Sarah Churchill, a local and daughter of Winston, who relentlessly recited her poetry to him across the Bar from opening hours until closing, when with her Carer he struggled to help her into a taxi, as over the course of the night she had become over refreshed! 

Fortunately, for Nigel and his other directors business picked up after the first night, which went from strength to strength and allowed the Ebury Directors to open eight other London Wine Bar Restaurants. They also owned and operated a Wine Importing Whole Sale Business from 178 Ebury Street, servicing their own establishments, private customers, and other Trade customers, including the Hunan Chinese Restaurant, in Pimlico Road.

Happily for Nigel he met his wife Elizabeth who was waitressing at The Ebury Wine Bar and became engaged to her after 'walking out' together for six weeks! They celebrate their 36th Wedding Anniversary in May next year. 

 

Read how a long-standing partnership was forged

Belgravia magazine ran a Valentine's special this February to celebrate romances that have blossomed in Belgravia. Anyone who visits the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar will know of the excellent partnership between Nigel and Elizabeth Windridge, the co-owners of the Ebury Restaurant and Wine Bar. To read the article please click here.

 

 

 

 

A change of scene at the Ebury 

Mural by Roberta Gordon-Smith in the Ebury Restaurant and Wine Bar

The wonderful trompe l’oeil wall decorations at The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar have been extended recently with a new dramatic scene behind the service area, depicting the view from a Provençal kitchen window looking out across a vineyard to the hills beyond.

Roberta Gordon-SmithRoberta Gordon-Smith, the artist, specialises in trompe l'oeil. She studied fine art painting at Chelsea School of Art and then as a tutor at the University of the Arts, London. Initially concentrating on decorative art and children’s murals, she developed architectural techniques to produce scenes on the grand scale for corporate and private clients such as Harrods, Cowdray Park, Butler and Wilson, Knowle Hall, Joe’s Brasserie as well as The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar. Other notable clients include Mark Knopfler, Boy George, Alexei Sayle and Lord and Lady Cowdray.

In 1981 she formed her company Artyfacts and in the 1980s and 90s worked with interiors photographers for many magazines, notably David Montgomery for Vogue, House and Garden, Country Homes and Interiors, Inspirations, Ideal Home, The Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. She also collaborated on the production of large scenic backdrops for Harrods, pop videos and advertising for Sanderson fabrics and Percheron. The work entailed developing and creating new modern painting techniques to use decoratively in the home and commercially, using colour washes and distressed paint effects. She developed all the classical techniques of marbling, faux stone and wood graining using water based paints and acrylic varnishes, because oil and spirit based paints were hazardous to work with and were liable to change colour.

She now works all over the world in France, Spain, Ireland, Germany and Barbados, and is based in London and Spain.

She has written two books on techniques: Trompe L'oeil and The Trompe L'oeil Home (published by David and Charles) and runs painting holidays based in Spain. For more information visit www.trompe-loeil-interiors.com or email robertagordon_smith@yahoo.co.uk. 

 

More about the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar

One of the oldest, most successful and popular restaurant/wine bars in London, the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar in SW1, located on the corner of Ebury Street and Elizabeth Street in the heart of Belgravia has been open since 1959 and enjoys a large following from tourists and residents at home and world-wide. The reason for this success: lots of atmosphere for a social drink with a witty and sustained ‘trompe l'oeil’ décor and starred cuisine for lunch, bar meals, a la carte dinners or a special occasion.

The cooking – a blend of Modern European cuisine and innovative dishes – has won huge acclaim among gourmets and the 'gastro media'. There are bar meals for the light eaters and a range of gluten and dairy-free menus. As might be expected from a well established restaurant/wine bar, an adventurous and exciting list of fine wines by the glass or bottle.

In a nutshell, the Ebury offers gourmet food at wine bar prices – a rare distinction these days.

We are also able to cater for bar meals, lunch and dinner parties for up to 35 throughout the week in the lower part of the restaurant, so please ask us about set menus and reduced menus for larger groups celebrating a special occasion.

The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar, close to Buckingham Palace, Sloane Square, Victoria and other popular tourist destinations in SW1, is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Why not try our popular Saturday brunch or visit Sunday for a relaxing lunch or dinner.

 

Read about the history of the Ebury

 

Bar opening times:
Monday to Saturday, 11.00a.m.-11.00p.m.
Sunday, 12.00p.m.-10.30p.m.

Our restaurant serves from 12.00p.m. until 2.45p.m. and from 6.00p.m. until 10.15pm.

Last food orders must be placed 15 minutes before these times.

Pre-theatre tables from 6.00p.m. can be out by 7.00p.m. to have 2-3 course menu – depending on cooking and consumption times.

Go to reservations

For reservations call 020 7730 5447

Meet the Ebury team:

The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar is owned by Nigel and Elizabeth Windridge and run by their loyal and long-serving team.

Nigel WindridgeNigel considers The Ebury to be his second home as he has been closely associated with the running of the wine bar and restaurant since 1973. He enjoys choosing the wines, overseeing the menus and arranging the trompe l’oeil décor. For the past three years Nigel has been and is currently the Chairman and Treasurer of the Belgravia Trader's Association.

Elizabeth is known for her floral displays, both inside and outside the Ebury. She has an ever busy contact schedule with local hoteliers, concierges and business houses. 

Trent Williams, the manager, has been connected with the wine bar since 1997. Between 2002 and 2004 he was in Australia as restaurants manager with Le Meridien, assisted an independent opening and a sommelier in Melbourne’s Best New Restaurant of 2003. On return to London he joined Lowlander Grand Café of Covent Garden, opened their City of London site in 2006 and is now happy to be back at the Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar. Trent is now taking greater responsibilities from Nigel who is reducing his working week to improve his golf handicap!

Richard Lyndon Pepper has a passion for food having worked in London for over 20 since leaving the very beautiful and ancient town of Rye in East Sussex. His previous restaurants are Carriages, where he met Nigel, Rules in Covent Garden, the Mercer in Threadneedle Street and Red Carnation Bar where he won the Global Hotel Group Chef of the Year. Driven to create high quality fresh and innovative menus, utilising local fresh produce with seasonal changes. His other passions include half marathon running, and golf. He currently resides in Southend-on-sea and is a huge fan of Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge and The Trip.

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