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The Stafford London kicks off its Courtyard Fire series with Hawksmoor’s Matt Brown

The Stafford London is celebrating the joy of outdoor cooking with their Courtyard Fire barbecue series. From April, Culinary Director Ben Tish and Executive Chef Jozef Rogulski will be joined by a roster of brilliant chefs to cook a collaborative menu from the outdoor grilling area in The Courtyard at The American Bar.

Kicking off the series will be Matt Brown, Group Executive Chef from the inimitable Hawksmoor, cooking up a suitably indulgent menu on the 24 April. Dishes include snacks of Short rib & Ogleshield nuggets with kimchi ketchup and a Native lobster roll; followed by starters of either Roast Brixham scallops with white port and garlic or Old spot belly ribs and vinegar slaw. It wouldn't be a Hawksmoor menu without steak and boy are they bringing the beef! Matt will be barbecuing big Dry aged porterhouse steaks, perfect for sharing between two alongside their Triple cooked beef dripping chips, Creamed spinach and Bone marrow gravy. To finish, guests can tuck into the legendary Hawksmoor Sticky toffee pudding and clotted cream.

Discussing the collaboration, Will Beckett, Founder of Hawksmoor said: “I think The Stafford is one of the great hidden gems of London. The American Bar, the vast underground Wine Cellars, The Game Bird and of course the Courtyard. It’s one of my go-to places for eating outdoors and I’m really happy that we will be cooking there with Ben, who is one of London’s great chefs and a good friend.”

Stuart Procter, Chief Operating Officer, Stafford Collection added: “It was our plan to have a summer of barbecues with a whole host of brilliant chefs in 2020, which for obvious reasons couldn’t happen, so I’m really happy we can get this off the ground in 2021 with such an amazing first chef and restaurant. I’ve always been such a big fan of the Hawksmoor brand and tried their sell-out at home boxes during lockdown which was brilliant, however it’s never the same as the real thing.”

Matt Brown agreed: “Everyone at Hawksmoor can’t wait to get cooking for people on May 17th, but I’m really excited to be cooking a Hawksmoor meal alongside our friend Ben outdoors at the Stafford Courtyard to celebrate the beginning of the end of restrictions and hopefully a bit of Spring sunshine. It means a lot to us to be invited and hopefully it’s a reminder for a Londoners of what’s to come when we open our own doors again.”

Other names currently confirmed in the series include chef, author and barbecue aficionado Genevieve Taylor, and founder of Singaporean kopitiam Mei Mei London, Chef Elizabeth Haigh. Further dates and menus to be confirmed in the coming weeks, as well as other guest chefs to be announced.

To book a table in the beautiful Courtyard of The Stafford London For Matt's menu, please call 0207 493 0111 or email

Matt's menu will be served from 12pm – 8pm on the 24 April only.


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