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Restaurant Francatelli

Celebrate the richness of Britain as renowned chef William Drabble partners with local suppliers, echoing the culinary legacy of Charles Elmé Francatelli. Inspired by Francatelli's iconic 1846 cookbook, our new restaurant at the Althoff St. James’s Hotel & Club unveils modern interpretations of 19th-century dishes.

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What is Francatelli all about?

British Restaurant in the heart of London. Inspired by one of William Drabble's favourite historical Chef's, Charles Elme Francatelli, who in the early 1800s was 'Chief chef of St. James' Club'. Francatelli was a celebrity chef of his day, who left St James Club to be Queen Victoria's chief chef, and authored a cookbook 'The Modern Cook' in 1846 that will inspire the menu of Francatelli's at St James Hotel & Club in 2024. The menu will be rooted in simplicity and British produce punctuated with some show stopping dishes.

Meet the chef!

William Drabble, originally from Liverpool, developed a deep interest in food and seasonal produce after moving to the Norfolk countryside. Through volunteering in local kitchens and hotels, he gained valuable insights into the use of seasonal ingredients and kitchen operations. His culinary journey led him to prestigious positions at restaurants such as The Capital Hotel, Pied à Terre, Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane and Aubergine, where he earned and retained Michelin stars. Currently, as the executive chef at Althoff St. James's Hotel & Club's restaurant Francatelli, William is known for his passion for seasonality and his commitment to showcasing local produce through his creative culinary expertise.

Opening Hours

Lunch (seasonal)

Thursday to Saturday 12.00pm to 2.00pm


Tuesday to Saturday 6.00pm to 9.30pm

All day dining menu is served daily from 12:00pm to 10:30pm. 

Afternoon tea is served daily from 1:30pm to 5:00pm