New eatery Verdi to open at Royal Albert Hall

This spring will see Verdi, a new Royal Albert Hall eatery, open to the public.

The Italian restaurant's opening follows a refurbishment worth £1 million.

Cuisine experts "rhubarb" are going to operate the new restaurant, which is the sixth Royal Albert Hall dining location and a replacement for the Hall's Cafe Consort eatery.

"rhubarb" has designed the menu for the new spot, which focuses on authentic Italian food and wines from the country.  

Verdi will open April 14th this year, after which the plan is that it will open to the public to serve lunch and dinner between Tuesdays and Sundays. People heading to shows at the Hall will also be able to dine there, of course.

The space features 224 covers and will be home to regular live music.

Included on the menu are dishes like stone-baked pizza and sea bream served with olive gnocchi.

“We have long wanted a restaurant dining experience that matched our ambition and was genuinely open to both ticketholders and those looking for something different in SW7," explained Royal Albert Hall chief operating officer Jasper Hope.

"To see that now delivered in Verdi Italian Kitchen, along with great live music every week, is very exciting, and I’m sure will be a great addition to London’s ever more sophisticated food scene.”

According to Pieter-Bas Jacobse, "rhubarb" managing director, the eatery's concept, Italian Kitchen, is set to provide "a ‘deliciously different’ menu with mass appeal".

The Royal Albert Hall hosts events such as musical performances by some of the world's most famous singers and performers. For example, upcoming events include a Jake Bugg concert later this month.

The introduction of Verdi would seem likely to create hospitality jobs in the London area.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the food industry.