Dinner time! Heston Blumenthal to open his first London restaurant in December

British super-chef Heston Blumenthal has announced the opening date for his first London restaurant. On December 1st 2010, Dinner will open at the Mandarin Hotel in Knightsbridge – a prestigious address which is already home to Bar Boulud.

Diners will enjoy stunning views over Hyde Park as well as a unique glimpse into the kitchen, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows which will separate it from the dining room. The restaurant will also feature a pulley system, modelled on a 16th century design for the kitchens at the Royal British Court. Resembling the craftsmanship of an oversize watch, it will mechanically rotate a spit over an open fire. (Fingers crossed for London’s poshest hog roast!)

The kitchen will be headed by Ashley Palmer-Watts, who has worked with Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck for eleven years as Group Executive Chef. The pair have spent time researching the UK’s culinary history at the British Library and as a result, the menu will include dishes inspired by recipes dating back to the 16th century. The menu will celebrate top quality British produce in dishes like bergamot cured mackerel salad; slow cooked short rib of beef; and scallops with cucumber ketchup and peas.

Unlike the wallet-worrying prices at The Fat Duck, Dinner will be an affordable treat for London’s foodies. A three-course set lunch will set you back just £25 and a three-course a la carte dinner is priced at £55.

The booking line – 0207 201 3833 – opens on October 15th. Definitely a date for your diary!