Shining Culinary Talent, Ruth Hansom, Named as Pomona’s New Head Chef

16 May 2019
2 min read
The first and only female winner of Young National Chef of the Year in 2017, Ruth Hansom, has taken the helm of Notting Hill’s restaurant Pomona’s as of 1 May, revealing an exciting new culinary era for both the talented chef and the firm-favorite restaurant alike. 

Passionate about locally sourced British produce, Ruth’s new all-day and relaxed fine-dining menus at Pomona’s will showcase the best of seasonal, regional ingredients through sharing dishes inspired by the land sea and earth – a twist on the traditional a la carte offering.

Launched on May 1st, the menu which has dishes that honor their origins categorised into the elements, take the form of “Swaledale Lamb Rump with Spring Onion, Wild Garlic, English Pea and Morrel” from “the land”, “Smiths Smokery Eel with Isle of Wight Tomato, Aubergine” from “the sea” and “Tarragon and Chilled Wye Valley Asparagus with Pea, Mint, Berkswell and Pine” from “the earth”.

The all-day, breakfast and brunch menu will also include happy Clarence Court Eggs with Chorizo and Kale baked inside a squash. U Dale salt-cured Duck Breast with Jasmin Raisin, Turnip and Apricot, and Valrhona Chocolate Fondant are just two specialties to look forward to on the Tasting Menu.

Pomona’s Restaurant Director Jay Decker said, “We want to firmly establish Pomona’s as the go-to foodie restaurant in Notting Hill, offering the very best locally sourced, ethically produced British cuisine, I’m delighted to have Ruth onboard, a chef that mirrors our values. With her arrival, a table here will be the hottest ticket in the neighborhood, and I’m sure our local clientele and new customers, will be bowled over by what’s on offer.”

The previous winner of Young National Chef of the Year, and star of BBC Two’s Million Pound Menu, rising culinary star Ruth Hansom said, “Over the last month I’ve been working with Jay and the Pomona’s team to enhance their culinary offering, injecting a twist into the traditional menus. Guests can expect a relaxed, fine-dining experience, with sharing plates inspired by the land, sea and earth, featuring produce sourced from across the British Isles. I’m super excited about my future with the restaurant and the fantastic opportunity this new role offers back in London.”

Hansom joins Pomona’s from fine-dining restaurant Wernher at the Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire, where she held the position of head chef. Prior to this, Hansom spent five years at the Michelin-starred Ritz London, rising through their culinary ranks to become demi chef de partie.

Pomona’s, which opened its doors in 2016, has become one of the most trendy dining spots in Notting Hill. Championing the use of fresh and sustainable produce, alongside an exemplary wine menu, magnificent cocktail list and unrivaled private event space and outdoor areas.  And, in the spirit of the restaurant’s namesake, Pomona the Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards, Pomona’s charming ‘summer garden’ is currently undergoing a distinctly British refresh and will welcome a Martin Miller’s Gin Bar that will offer signature cocktails and bespoke G&Ts. The eagerly awaited summer garden is due to reopen in the coming weeks.

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