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.

 

In memory of Yvonne Ottet 1921-2011

Yvonne Ottet passed away on Monday 5th December having just reached her 90th birthday on 29th October.

For 38 years of her life she was the classically and elegant Maitre d’ of The Ebury Wine Bar, a venerable establishment founded in 1959. She would have been delighted to hear that the Ebury made the Michelin Food Guide in 2012.

Yvonne loved her customers who she called her big “Darleeings” planting a kiss on either side of the cheek on their arrival and departure and for her special “Darleeings” three kisses and a hug!

It is her radiant face which generations of our patrons will remember when they think of the Ebury. In fact, it could be said that Yvonne was the Ebury; she will never be forgotten.

For those of you who knew Yvonne click here to read our tribute to her.

To find out more about Yvonne’s involvement with The Ebury click here.

A change of scene at the Ebury 

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-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 VogueHouse and GardenCountry Homes and InteriorsInspirationsIdeal HomeThe Evening StandardThe 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 for 52 years 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.