Bellamy’s was established in 2004 and is named after the club in Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy of novels, which reassures our English customers. There is also a happy pun with the title Bel Ami, the novel by Guy de Maupassant, which amuses our French customers. Everyone else comes for the food and the wine list.
The management of Bellamy’s is made up of myself, Gavin Rankin (former Managing Director of the Annabel’s Group when under the chairmanship of Mark Birley); Chef Stéphane Pacoud (former second Chef at Annabel’s); and Manager Luigi Burgio (formerly Annabel’s barman).
The intention was to incorporate and modernise the best elements of the Franco Belgian tradition of the brasserie, although in Bellamy’s there is less beer and rather more wine than was found in the original nineteenth century models. The design throughout was the brainchild of the architect and designer Tim Flynn, who spent some time in Paris researching brasserie decoration. He has produced a brilliant and fresh concept throughout with no attempt at hiding in retro clichés or other obvious shortcuts.
Bellamy’s is a Restaurant with an unashamedly French wine list, with familiar names at reasonable prices reflecting my own prejudices on the subject. There is also a weekly table d’hôte menu which, at £ 24.75 for three courses, appeals both to the young and to the bit older who, like all the best parties, are happily united here.
We also have a daytime Oyster and Sandwich Bar; and an evening Cocktail Bar. Most of our customers are regulars and some of them have been kind enough to describe us as ‘a sort of club without a sub’. Membership is free and instantly open to all and, if you have not been here, we hope that you will join soon.