The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa has launched its brand new fine-dining restaurant, Grei, under award-winning new head chef, Candice Philip.
The Scandinavian-inspired outlet – named after a Portuguese term loosely translated as “a society of people” – will open in place of the former Luke Dale Roberts X Saxon restaurant, following the former chef’s departure in March.
Chef Candice, who has worked at The Saxon for more than a decade, has devised an entirely new selection of dishes combining her passion for colourful and unusual flavour pairings that make herbs the star of the show, with her signature stylish presentation techniques.
Diners will be taken on a sumptuous adventure throughout the six-course set menu, with each innovative offering focussing on a fresh colour and three key flavours.
Grei promises a feast for all the senses, opening with a chic redesign of the intimate 32-seater space influenced by Scandinavian minimalist design.
Smart grey tones are interspersed with fur and beaded feature walls and textured tablecloths and carpets, allowing the food’s vibrant colours to leap from the plate.
Chef Candice said: “Since joining the Saxon, I’ve been privileged to work alongside some of the country’s best chefs – including chef David Higgs and chef Luke Dale Roberts.
“I’m excited to bring my own long-held vision to life in the form of Grei. I really want people to come and appreciate what we’re doing – to take the time and enjoy the journey.
“We’ve always worked with the garden and its produce, focusing first on organic and heirloom, and later looking to the proteins,” she added.
“But for me, the herbs are often the little things that are overlooked. Not only do they bring an enticing aroma to the food, but also great flavour and colour.”
Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa is considered the World’s Leading Boutique Hotel by the World Travel Awards.