Julie’s Restaurant

TAG Catering Equipment UK Ltd

The famous restaurant Julie’s is a historic icon of West London, bringing the wine bar party concept to London in the late 60’s, made it a Holland Park favourite, neighbourhood classic and hang-out of the Hollywood set, high society and rock stars attracting regulars including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Madonna and later Princess Diana and Kate Moss.

Closed in early 2015, initially for a 6-month refurbishment, it finally reopened in 2019 following extreme local authority planning constraints that caused lengthy building delays.

Our brief, to bring Julie’s into the 21st century whilst maintaining its distinctive, decadent style of alcoves and small corridors, sensitively capturing Julie Hodgess’ original, comfortable relaxing design and “wine bar” soul of the original bohemian setting.

Owners Tim and Cathy Herring wanted an innovative, modern and efficient kitchen in the confined, basement location. This was not a tendered brief and required the expertise of TAG’s design team to develop all the required concepts.

Key aspects:

  • Design a modern and operationally efficient, cost-saving kitchen that would be positioned in the now lower, basement location;
  • To cater for an increase in covers despite being significantly smaller than previous kitchen;
  • Accommodate both lunch, dinner and party/banquet services;
  • Overcome the lack of space required for mechanical and electrical equipment;
  • Overcome lack of available power;
  • Create a sense of theatre;
  • Design a replacement, modern bar that would be a focal point in the new Champagne Bar;
  • Ensure the former wine bar heritage remained at its heart;
  • Standard and craftsmanship to be of highest standards;
  • Hygiene big factor;
  • Comply with strict planning regulations;

Client Satisfaction

Shay Cooper became Chef Patron of Julie’s in July 2019 as the installation was taking place; With limited input on the design he understandably had questions regarding the design intentions and justifications, after using the kitchen he made the following complements, a real accolade:-

“TAG did an outstanding job with the installation of the kitchen. Once the kitchen was completed, I was thoroughly impressed with the level of workmanship and fabrication.

“Everything about the design and equipment specified exceeded my expectations and I’m incredibly happy to work in it.

“The DeManincor range is an absolute pleasure to work on. It is very low maintenance and so easy to clean, we all love it.

“The kitchen has been really well designed by Tyron at TAG and flows well, especially as it’s such a small space, it has everything I need”

Tim Herring – owner stated:-

“A seamless and flawless TAG installation, many thanks.”

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