Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair to host a festive ‘Italian takeover’ with celebrated chef Heinz Beck and drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese

LONDON, UK, 2017-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — This November, to celebrate his love of all things Italian Sir Rocco Forte and Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair will stage a festive ‘Italian takeover’ of the hotel’s restaurant and neighbouring Donovan Bar by two ‘masters of Italy’ – celebrated chef Heinz Beck and drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese.

For this special six week takeover Heinz Beck of three Michelin starred ‘La Pergola’ in Rome will create Ora, an Italian inspired pop-up in the hotel’s restaurant and drinks legend Salvatore Calabrese will take residency in the Donovan bar celebrating the art of the aperitivo with a specially curated Martini and Negroni menu.

Heinz will make a return to London on November 13th serving a specially created Italian menu at Ora including signature dishes brought from La Pergola that exemplify his approach to Italian cooking that melds classic techniques with surprising but also comforting elements. Example dishes will include: Tagliolini with black salsifies, chives and white truffle from Alba and John Dory with curry, red beetroots on a light pesto sauce.

Regular visitors to Brown’s will notice the dining room has also been taken over by designer Ashley Hicks for the festive period.

Also launching on the 13th November, The Donovan Bar at Brown’s will see drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese take residence to curate a special Martini and Negroni menu featuring some of his finest creations. These will include the now famous Martini he created whilst in residency at The Dukes Hotel in the 1980s and an extensive Negroni menu including Salvatore’s classic recipe alongside exciting twists such as the Negroni Svegliato and a very special Vintage Negroni.

Heinz Beck comments: “I’m excited to return to London and bring with me some of my favourite dishes created at La Pergola in Rome. It’s an honour to serve guests in such an illustrious hotel and I’m sure it will be a fantastic six weeks!”

Salvatore Calabrese comments: “For me the Martini and Negroni are kings, they epitomise the perfect cocktail despite their simplicity they have stood the test of time and have remained forever popular and iconic. They are both close to my heart as the martini helped me to establish a name for myself back in the 80’s when I developed my method for the direct Martini and the Negroni was the first cocktail I attempted to make at the tender age of 12 for which I received a slap round the ear! ”

Ora will be open for lunch daily from 12-3pm and dinner from 5.30pm-10.45pm. Bookings for Ora are now live via and 0207 518 4004.

The Donovan Bar is open for walk-ins but booking is available via 0207 493 6020 and

Notes to Editors:

Heinz Beck

Heinz began his career at the Professional School in Passau, Bavaria before going on to work in some of Europe’s finest kitchens including the three Michelin starred Tantris in Munich. In 1991, Beck accepted the position of Sous Chef at Residenz Heinz Winkler in Aschau. After honing his skills at Residenz, Heinz moved to Rome in 1994 to La Pergola where he has been awarded three Michelin stars. In 2000, he was awarded the ‘Golden Medal of the Artists Foyer’ from La Sapienza Rome University. 2009 saw Beck open his first restaurant in London, Apsley’s at the Lanesborough Hotel gaining its first Michelin star in 2010.

Salvatore Calabrese

Salvatore is one of the world’s leading bartenders and a former President of the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild. He has been making drinks for more than forty years in top hotels, private members clubs and exclusive cocktail bars. In 1980, Salvatore moved to England and joined the Dukes Hotel, where he came up with the concept of Liquid History and created the recipe for the ultimate Dry Martini. He has since moved to the Lanesborough Hotel, ran his own bar at the Fifty St James club.

Brown’s Hotel

Brown’s Hotel is London’s first hotel having opened on Albemarle Street in 1837. Since opening it has become one of London’s most illustrious hotels and has hosted esteemed guests, from royals to presidents. Brown’s not only offers a rich history but also first-class facilities, award-winning dining and outstanding service in the heart of Mayfair.

Sir Rocco Forte

Sir Rocco Forte is Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels and founded the luxury hotel company in 1996. Sir Rocco was knighted for services to the UK tourism industry and received the highest Italian accolade, the Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Republicca Italiana. From 1991-1996, he was President of the British Hospitality Association and has also been an active member of the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council.


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Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.

Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah.

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