Out of Ramsay’s Shadow

Ramsay’s protégée, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ co-star and ‘Great British Menu’ judge, now Michelin-starred culinary maven in her own right, Angela Hartnett is embarking on a new bold new venture as she launches Hartnett Holder & Co, at the acclaimed Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst

Angela Hartnett is now one of the world’s most famous female culinary mavens, with a Michelin star and a string of notable restaurant launches for the likes of mentor Gordon Ramsay under her belt.

Her CV is impressive – from Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados, Aubergine, Zafferano, then L’Oranger and Petrus with Marcus Wareing, to The Grill Room at the Connaught and Murano. And now, her latest venture, Hartnett Holder & Co, is just about to open, taking her out of London and into the heart of the New Forest, at the highly acclaimed 5* Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst.

A New Venture

It’s a far cry from the hustle and bustle of central London. Horizon to horizon of trees, heathland and gorse, bird song and the earthy tang of trodden-on leaf litter and fungi fill the air. Perfect foraging country – just what Angela and fellow acclaimed chef Luke Holder love.

Hartnett’s joined forces with Holder at Lime Wood to create a brand new restaurant, designed by Martin Brudnizki of Caprice, Corrigan’s and Hix fame.

Her informal, grounded style of cooking with an Italian accent (courtesy of her Italian grandmother) perfectly complements Holder’s passion for using home grown produce and foraged delicacies. You’ll often find them both out in woodland, gardens and meadows of the estate, seeking wild herbs and mushrooms, coming up with exciting yet ‘honest’ dishes, inspired by the stunning countryside around them.

Luke Holder’s always been a fan of Angela’s food and is delighted to be working with her. “We are working together on dishes for the new restaurant it’s all coming together very well indeed. We’ve always shared the same culinary ethos coupled with a joint passion and a core influence from the Italian kitchen. Our plan is to make maximum use of the forest produce that is available literally on the doorstep.”

The Seasoned Pros

Like Hartnett, Holder’s also worked with other top chefs in world-class kitchens throughout his career, including for Chris Galvin at Orrery, Stephane Buchholzer, a specialist in molecular gastronomy, and the kitchen of three Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence.

Hartnett Holder & Co will be a relaxed stylish and comfortable upscale restaurant, full of character, yet unpretentious. The collaboration will be reflected in their seasonally astute, locally sourced, fresh approach ensuring that this is “chefs home cooked food, not cooked for restaurants” it is fun dining, not fine dining.