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Meet Will Lander, Co-Owner of Clipstone, Portland, The Quality Chop House and Emilia

08/11/19

Meet Will Lander, Co-Owner of Clipstone, Portland, The Quality Chop House and Emilia

Welcome to our Q&A Series, we thought we would set the bar high with our first guest. You may not have heard of Will Lander by name, but you will most certainly know of his brilliant must-visit London restaurants. Together with Daniel Morgenthau, Will owns and runs Woodhead Restaurant Group.

You may not have heard of Will Lander by name, but you will most certainly know of his brilliant must-visit London restaurants. Together with Daniel Morgenthau, Will owns and runs Woodhead Restaurant Group, made up of renowned restaurants Clipstone, Portland, The Quality Chop House, and most recently, Emilia, which opened its doors in June this year.

Each of the restaurants represent a true success in their own right: Portland boasts a Michelin Star from 2015, Clipstone won GQ's Restaurant of the Year in 2017 and The Quality Chop House is about to release its long-anticipated cookbook (you can find this here - definitely featuring on our Christmas list this year!).

We can only expect the same accolades to come Emilia's way in the future. We can't wait for you to try it out for yourselves!

But in the meantime, over to Will...

What's your House beer?

At home my favourite treat is a bottle of Malt Coast Ale

What's the one ingredient you couldn't possibly live without?

Chocolate

Where is London's Best Kept Secret?

Bodega Rita's in Coal Drop Yard

Where would we find you outside of London?

Pompette in Oxford, please

You've just woken up: tea or coffee?

Ginger Tea

Where do you start your Christmas shopping?

Argos Liberty

What's the best gift you've ever received?

A ginger mincer (see above!)

Stemmed or Stemless?

Stemmed. Old school is the best school.

Richard loves sourcing antique saucers - what do you collect?

Copies of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Manchester United magazines from the 1990s

What's your favourite Richard Brendon Collection?

I think I have to say the JR glass(side note: Jancis is his mother, so probably not that unlikely!)  but I also really like the Reflect Collection

Richard Recommends:

Portland The tasting menu with drinks pairing, obviously!

Clipstone Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes, Cornish Cod and the Blackcurrant Tart

The Quality Chop House Any of the seasonal game

Emilia Aubergine Fritti and Scallops, followed by the Spinach Ravioli. To be accompanied by the "Auction List" of wine.