Henry Harris to open the Hero of Maida in April

Chef Henry Harris and James McCulloch, owner of the Harcourt in Marylebone, London, will open the doors of their new Maida Vale pub in late April. 

The Hero of Maida, formerly the Truscott Arms, will open under the direction of the former Racine chef-patron.

The pub and upstairs dining room will be modelled on a traditional French bistro. The menu will change daily and showcase seasonal market ingredients, featuring dishes such as lamb rump and artichokes barigoule and a classic fish soup. The pub’s traditional Sunday roast will be reinstated and the bar will offer salads and sandwiches.

The bar will have a focus on ales and beers, while the dining room will offer a wine list focusing on old-world choices, as well as signature cocktails and aperitifs.

It will be the third opening from the business partners following the Three Cranes in the City and the Coach in Clerkenwell. The site takes its name from a now-vanished establishment that paid tribute to General Sir John Stuart.

Chef-director Harris will be joined at the Hero of Maida by head chef Steve Collins, formerly of Les Deux Salons, and general manager Thomas Blythe, formerly of St John and St John Bread & Wine.

Harris started his career at Karl Loderer’s Michelin-starred restaurant Manleys in Storrington, Sussex. He later graduated from Leith’s School of Food and Wine, where he was introduced to Simon Hopkinson. In 1987 Hopkinson opened Bibendum with Harris alongside him as head chef.

Harris then went on to work as executive chef of Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor restaurant before opening his own restaurant, Racine, in Knightsbridge, 10 years later. Racine was sold in 2015.

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