Prestigious Mosimann's private dining club pulls out of Royal Lymington Yacht Club catering contract
THE team from a prestigious London private dining club has pulled out of running the restaurant and bar at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
It was hailed as a coup when Mosimann’s – an exclusive Belgravia establishment headed by top chef Anton Mosimann – set up at the Bath Road venue in mid-2020.
However, it will now close its contract there at the end of February 2022. Mosimann’s has promised to fulfil its festive engagements.
Club Commodore Phil Lawrence told the A&T: “Following the impact of coronavirus and nationwide hospitality staff shortages, Mosimann’s have reviewed their activities and decided to refocus on their core businesses.
“They therefore notified the club, in accordance with the terms of their contract, that they wish to leave at the end of February 2022.”
He added: “Executive chef Nick Hebditch is committed to stay at the club until the end of the contract and all events are proceeding as planned.
“Nick and his team are currently doing a great job successfully delivering all end-of-season and Christmas functions.”
Mosimann’s beat 18 rivals to win the contract at the yacht club. Then Commodore Roger Garlick hailed it “as an exciting turning point in the 98-year history of the club” when the announcement was made.
Reflecting on Mosimann’s performance, Mr Lawrence said it was “unfortunate” that only a few days after it started the contract in late July 2020 it was forced to close due to the coronavirus lockdown and had to operate under pandemic restrictions.
Mr Lawrence added: “The club has decided to continue with the outsourced model and is currently in negotiation with interested suppliers to take over food and beverage operations at the end of the Mosimann’s contract.”
Mosimann’s was launched in 1988 by Anton, a celebrated chef who won two Michelin stars while maître chef de cuisines at the Dorchester Hotel.
The restaurant has become famous for his signature “cuisine naturelle” which incorporates the freshest ingredients, without using oil, butter, cream or alcohol, and with reduced salt and sugar.
Mosimann’s holds a Royal Warrant from Prince Charles and has built up an international reputation in club, private and event catering, including the 2012 Olympics in London, two royal weddings and the Guards Polo Club.
A spokesperson for Mosimann’s said: “Following the impact of coronavirus and nationwide hospitality staff shortages, we have reviewed our activities and decided to refocus on our core businesses.
“We therefore notified the club, in accordance with the terms of our contract, that we wish to leave at the end of February 2022.
“Our executive chef Nick Hebditch is committed to stay at the club until the end of the contract and all events are proceeding as planned. Nick and his team are currently doing a great job successfully delivering all end of season and Christmas functions.
“We wish the club every success in the future and remain on hand to assist with a smooth transition.”