Phil Howard

Phil Howard

Phil Howard

Phil appeared on Great British Menu 2012, winning the fish course round with his dish of Cornish mackerel with oysters, mussels, winkles and samphire. He also released his first cookbook in 2012, a two-volume tome of recipes from The Square including dishes like lasagne of crab with a cappuccino of shellfish and a Champagne foam and braised veal cheek with hand-rolled macaroni, cauliflower and truffle.

Phil is a co-proprietor for the Michelin-starred Kitchen W8, The Ledbury (now closed), Church Road in Barnes and Union in La Plagne Montalbert, a ski resort and village in France. He also has interests in the London restaurants Lorne and Perilla, and is an investor in The Wild Room, which supplies foraged ingredients, mushrooms and truffles to the restaurant trade. In 2011, he picked up a Catey Award for Restaurateur of the Year (and rightly so!).

In 2016, Phil sold The Square and now focuses entirely on Elystan Street, which offers a more relaxed menu in a casual setting. Despite this more laidback approach (although Phil's definition of 'laidback' may differ to a lot of other people's!), Elystan Street was awarded a Michelin star just a year after opening. Since then, he has also opened another restaurant called Church Road in Barnes with his business partner Rebecca Mascarenhas.

When the coronavirus lockdown hit in 2020, Phil turned his attention to cooking meals for the hardworking staff at Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals from Elystan Street. He also launched a Food to Order takeaway and delivery service, giving people the chance to enjoy dishes from Elystan Street, Church Road and Kitchen W8 at home.

Kitchen W8
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Kitchen W8

11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, London, W8 6AH

This sophisticated neighbourhood restaurant has held a Michelin star for nine years under the leadership of head chef Mark Kempson and ownership of Phil Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, serving modern British food with classical French undertones.

Elystan Street
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Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

After seventeen years of working at a two-Michelin-starred level, Phil Howard left The Square to open Elystan Street, a place where the highest quality cooking is presented in relaxed, welcoming surroundings.

Phil Howard's restaurants

  • Kitchen W8
  • Elystan Street