The end of an era for Westminster lunchers. Shepherd’s, the favourite haunt of Cabinet Ministers, political editors and TV types since 1993, has closed. The sister restaurant of Langan’s Brasserie — the joint venture between notorious alcoholic Peter Langan and Michael Caine — Shepherd’s shut its doors unexpectedly yesterday, leaving staff stumped as to why.
Famed for its house pie, even devout vegetarian Adam Boulton has lamented this as a ‘sad day’ for the ‘best restaurant near Parliament’. The increasing Americanisation of lunch in London is clearly taking its toll.