Wild Honey St James is the new restaurant from chef Anthony Demetre, whose original Wild Honey enjoyed 12 successful years in Mayfair. The impressive corner site, formerly The Balcon restaurant, sees Anthony’s distinctive modern European menus showcased in a striking new dining room designed by interior specialist Jim Hamilton.
8 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5NG
Anthony leads Wild Honey St James alongside Head Chef Simon Woodrow. Anthony’s culinary career began at Lucknam Park in Wiltshire, followed by The Castle in Taunton, then The Greenhouse in Mayfair. His next move took him to The Four Seasons Hotel in London, under Head Chef Bruno Loubet. Anthony left after three years to join Loubet for the launch of Bistrot Bruno in Soho, and L’Odéon, in Regent Street. In 1999, Anthony was appointed Chef/Director of Putney Bridge restaurant which was awarded a Michelin star. He then realised his dream of running his own restaurant, and launched Arbutus in Soho in 2006, followed by Wild Honey in Mayfair in 2007 which closed in early 2019. In October 2018, Anthony launched Vermuteria, a café and bar in the new Coal Drops Yard development in King’s Cross.
Head Chef Simon Woodrow collaborates with Anthony on menus which will continue the French-based contemporary, seasonal cooking with nods to the British Isles for which Wild Honey became so well-regarded. Simon’s background includes working at Wild Honey (Mayfair), The Dairy, Paradise Garage and Arbutus. Simon continues in his role at Sofitel London St James, having been Head Chef of The Balcon.
Restaurant General Manager Julien Davain and the team work very closely with Chef Simon Woodrow and Chef Anthony Demetre to manage all aspects of the restaurant venue.
Originally from the North of France, Julien joined Sofitel St James in 2011 and has held a variety of roles within the food and beverage team. Asked about his favourite drink from the new menu, he says, we have created our own vermouth so you must taste our Negroni. During his free time, he liked to discover new restaurant and bars, play squash and boxing, and cook for his girlfriend.