Ranald McDonald, Restauranteur, Boisdale of Belgravia, talks about his Belgravia
Boisdale of Belgravia is not a just a restaurant. It’s an experience. A memory box and a keeper of secrets, its eclectic charm will have you hooked – and keep you coming back for more.
Your first visit may be because you’ve heard so much about the outstanding modern British dishes, lovingly sourced from some of the finest foodie hotspots. Hebridean lamb, lobster and scallops, beef and game from the east coast of Scotland and Haggis from Edinburgh. On the other hand, you may have heard about the collection of rare malt whisky – after all Boisdale of Belgravia is high altar to some of the finest in the world. Or perhaps it’s the cigar terrace that enticed you along with the live jazz played every night from what Ranald calls “an eccentric little stage which holds seven musicians.”
Whatever the reason for your first visit, you become part of the fabric of the place, one of the memories – and that’s why guests return time after time because they develop such a deep relationship with such a special place, once housing the studio of artist, Francis Bacon.
It’s no surprise that Boisdale is such a stalwart of Belgravia – it was established in 1986- 33 years ago and Ranald is still charmed as much by the quiet, understated elegance of the area as he was when he first set up there. He loves the fact that there is an unmistakeable allure about the place – perhaps because Belgravia never follows fashion and always creates a beat of its own – created by a very special community of residents and businesses.
When he’s not eating at Boisdale of Belgravia – where he regularly catches up with customers, members and friends, he enjoys visiting Olivo for traditional Sardinian fayre or another neighbourhood gem, Memories of China, from Ken Lo (considered one of the great ambassadors for Chinese food and culture), which opened 30 years ago, a little after Boisdale arrived in the area.
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