Heston Blumenthal forced to close London restaurant Dinner after norovirus outbreak

Culinary “alchemist”, Heston Blumenthal has been forced to close his London restaurant Dinner, after an outbreak of a vomiting virus.

The celebrity chef apologised to chunder-struck customers at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, after 24 diners and 21 members of staff were hit by norovirus.

The same virus forced the closure of Blumenthal’s flagship eatery The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, in 2009, after 500 customers were affected.

Dinner is expected to remain closed for a week.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Blumenthal said that through his experience of dealing with the virus, it was best to “err on the side of extreme caution.”

“I am sorry for the inconvenience to those customers affected by cancellations,” he said. “However, I will reopen the restaurant safe in the knowledge that we have done everything we can do to continue to strive to create the perfect environment and food for my guests to enjoy.”

Dinner opened in 2011 and caters for around 1,000 diners a week, where customers are served historical English food.

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  • Not again it seems that he is not a restranter but a person more concerned with his personility on the Telivison and is oblivious of how to run a eating house.

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