Richard Caring's Mayfair restaurant welcomes back diners

Richard Caring’s Mayfair restaurant welcomes back diners with curfew-busting express menu and a jab at Boris Johnson – after the businessman blasted the PM’s new Covid rules

  • Richard Caring’s iconic 34 Mayfair restaurant reopened its doors this evening 
  • The businessman installed two figures of Boris Johnson outside the restaurant 
  • The cheeky figures are a recreation of Mr Johnson’s infamous zip wire stunt 
  • Mr Caring has been a vocal critic of the government’s handling of the pandemic

Richard Caring’s iconic Mayfair restaurant reopened this evening with a curfew-busting express menu after the businessman blasted Boris Johnson’s new lockdown restrictions. 

34 Mayfair welcomed Londoners back today, debuting a menu featuring dishes from a new rotisserie grill, with lockdown-friendly opening hours.  

However, perhaps the most noteworthy part of the reopening are two figures of Boris Johnson waving Unions Jacks positioned outside the restaurant, recreating his infamous zip wire stunt. 

The dig comes after Mr Caring blasted the government’s decision to implement the curfew and criticised the PM’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Richard Caring positioned two figures of Boris Johnson waving Unions Jacks outside his Mayfair restaurant as it reopened today, recreating the PM’s infamous zip wire stunt

The dig comes after Mr Caring blasted the government’s decision to implement the curfew and criticised the PM’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Diners will be able to view the new Boris figures when visiting the restaurant. 

On Monday to Friday the restaurant will be open from 12pm to 9pm and on weekends it will serve customers to 5pm to 9pm.

It will also have an express menu available for diners, allowing them to eat three courses in under an hour – and ensure they are out of the restaurant before the 10pm curfew. 

The menu comes with a range of options, with starters including Steak tartare with quail egg yolk, mains including Wiltshire free range chicken and desserts like salted caramel truffles.

The reopening comes after Mr Caring savaged the government’s coronavirus curfew. 

Writing in the Daily Mail last week, he said: ‘The Government’s naive and ignorant decision to shut down pubs and restaurants after 10pm is going to create havoc in an industry which is already on its knees. 

Mr Caring, with wife Patricia, who is also the owner of the Ivy, Annabel’s and Le Caprice, has been critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic

‘Far from helping to control the coronavirus, it could drive infection rates upwards. And it will cost countless jobs, quite probably more than a million, in the run-up to Christmas.

‘Make no mistake, this is a disastrous decision, taken by people who do not understand what terrible damage they are doing to the country.’

A few days later, Mr Caring, who is also the owner of the Ivy, Annabel’s and Le Caprice, said the situation for the country now looks ‘super bleak’.

He said: ‘We really are at a crisis point, with very little direction. I’m afraid it looks super bleak. There’s got to be a trade-off that stops the economy being damaged to the point of no return.’

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