Chef Claude Bosi has announced the closure of his two-Michelin-starred restaurant Hibiscus, in Mayfair.

The restaurant will close for good on 1 October 2016 after nine years in London.

 

In a statement, Bosi said: “We want to thank our loyal and supportive customers, many of whom we are now lucky enough to call friends. We have loved being in Mayfair; it was the perfect place to open our first London restaurant all those years ago.

 

“This isn’t the end; we hope you will join us in the next chapter, which we are hugely excited about and will announce later this year.”

 

Hibiscus first opened its doors in Ludlow, Shropshire in 2000. Within a year it had gained its first Michelin star, followed by a second in 2004. The Shropshire site was sold in 2007 for £295,000, to enable Bosi to move closer to the capital.

Talking to The Caterer in 2014, Bosi said: “When I arrived in London in 2007, my cooking was complicated and perhaps I was trying too hard. Some critics complained there was too much on the plate. But I was very young – just 23 when I got my first Michelin star and 27 when I opened Hibiscus. The customers in Ludlow expected more flamboyant food than what’s popular in the capital. It’s taken a while for my style to evolve, but I’m very comfortable with what we’re doing now.”

 

Over the years Bosi has owned a wide range of businesses with brother Cederic, from pubs Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon Village and the Charlton Arms in Shropshire, to a boutique Townhouse hotel in Ludlow.