Clare Smyth wins Best Restaurant and World’s Best Female Chef

On the evening of Monday 23rd April, Core by Clare Smyth was named as the country’s best restaurant of 2018 at GQ magazine’s annual Food and Drink Awards, two days before Clare Smyth took the title of World’s Best Female Chef, awarded by Elit Vodka at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

Core is Clare Smyth’s debut restaurant, making her the first and only female chef to run a three Michelin-star awarded restaurant in the UK. Having made her name as Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare earned a number of prestigious accolades prior to claiming the Best Chef and Best Restaurant titles, including five AA rosettes, Cateys Chef of the Year Award 2016, Michelin Female Chef 2017, and an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Challenging the concept of fine dining, the relaxed but vibrant 54 cover Notting Hill restaurant offers three and five course dining options alongside a tasting menu, but no tablecloths; artistically formed amuses-bouche crafted in a striking open kitchen, but no dress code.

Raised on a potato farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire’s instinctive passion for simple, natural, and sustainable food is evident in the innovative menu. Everything is grown or produced locally, and in fitting symmetry the potato features as a star ingredient on the menu, served with dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe; ‘delicious’ by Michael Deacon of The Telegraph’s standards, and world class by the standards of two expert judging panels.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s Nick Garston secured the site on Kensington Park Road in partnership with James Bell, acting on behalf of the Landlord. 

A New Home For BGP!

Tomorrow we say a fond goodbye to our office at Orion House, Upper St. Martin’s Lane, and officially move into our new home at 28-32 Shelton Street, WC2H 9JE!

We appreciate your patience whilst we move, if you have any issues getting in touch with us please do call on our mobile numbers, or alternatively send an email to, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

We’re all very excited to welcome you to our new home!

Beulah London Relaunch Flagship Belgravia Store

Luxury British fashion brand, Beulah London, have expanded their flagship store; reopening at a new, larger site on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street.

The brand concept was born after founders Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan spent time working in the slums of Delhi, teaching English and sewing to vulnerable girls and women who had been forced into prostitution. Encountering victims of human trafficking first-hand, and witnessing the awful and enduring impact modern day slavery inflicts on innocent lives, the pair returned home committed to improving the lives of the women they had met, and raising awareness of the effects of sex trafficking.

Recognising the power of employment to significantly transform lives, Brennan and Rufus Isaacs created an ethical fashion label; dedicated to supporting vulnerable women through employment.

Beulah endeavours to improve the lives of victims by offering them an alternative, sustainable livelihood. Additionally, a portion of every garment sold contributes to funding The Beulah Trust; a charitable foundation which provides grants to initiatives that create sustainable livelihoods for victims of trafficking abuse, by teaching them skills which allow them the opportunity to find work, generate an income, and live self-sufficiently.

The new Elizabeth Street store was designed in collaboration with Rebecca Hughes interiors; featuring hand-painted murals and furnishings decorated with Beulah’s signature charity prints, reflecting the latest collection.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard secured this lease on behalf of Grosvenor Estates. 

James Bell joins Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s central London leasing team

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to confirm that James Bell will be joining the company within the central London team, specialising in Landlord restaurant and leisure leasing. James will be leading and developing some of Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s key London estates, drawing upon his vast experience, network and passion for the West End leisure market.

James said of the appointment: “I am delighted to be joining Bruce Gillingham Pollard as they are a business I have enjoyed working alongside for a number of years, and who’s innovative and forward-thinking approach I have long admired.” 

Tracey Pollard; Managing Director at Bruce Gillingham Pollard said: “We are thrilled James will be joining our central London leasing department. We believe he will become a key member of our team, and further strengthen our considerable pool of knowledge and expertise.”

James has over nine years of experience in the industry, most recently in the CBRE central London team, working with a number of key Landlord clients. These include The Crown Estate across their Regent Street Food & Beverage Portfolio, British Land across their Clarges Mayfair, Paddington Central and Regents Place campuses, Exemplar at Fruit and Wool Exchange, and more recently Yoo Capital at Olympia. James has previously worked for Nash Bond and GVA for the likes of Land Securities, Argent at Kings Cross, Hermes, The Portman Estate and Market Tech.