In place of the uninspiring gift shops that usually pepper many a hotel lobby, the just-opened York & Albany 10-room hotel in London boasts a fully-fledged, gourmet delicatessen, thanks to its gastromically inclined management team.
Nestled opposite a leafy corner of Regent’s Park, York & Albany is owned by Gordon Ramsay and run by his illustrious protégé, Angela Hartnett. Originally a coaching inn designed by John Nash in the 1820s, the building has been lovingly refurbished to create an elegant hotel equipped with ten sumptuous rooms, a bar and of course, a restaurant.
The deli itself is housed in the former stables and has retained several original features such as cobbled flooring and rustic stable doors that open onto the street. Named Nonna’s Deli (a nod to Hartnett’s Italian roots) the shop stocks a smorgasbord of the chef’s favourites, from the artisanal - like home-cured meats, Spanish almond and olive oil biscuits and Damien Allsop chocolate - to the everyday, such as Hartnett’s own homemade jams, loaves of fig bread, and HP sauce.
Come sunnier weather, Nonna’s patrons will be able to order picnic hampers complete with a selection from the shop’s wines and sit out in the park just across the way. While for those who might want some food for thought on the side, Nonna’s deli also has a book corner where titles by fellow foodies Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater, and of course Ramsay and Hartnett themselves, are displayed for sale.