Richard is one of the most engaging and professional restaurateurs in London. He has had a long and illustrious career working at some of the capital’s finest establishments, as well as Michelin starred restaurants in France and Belgium. In recent years he managed Brasserie St Jacques and Brasserie Gustave, where he built a loyal following of customers who will now be delighted that he is returning to bring his inimitable welcome and flair back to St James’s.
As well as being the consummate host, Richard is an extraordinary sommelier, who masters the established greats of Bordeaux and Burgundy, while also seeking out new and exciting winemakers to introduce to a wider public.
Richard seeks to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for the customer to enjoy and to experience Restaurant Saint Jacques’s dedication to one of France’s greatest exports ‘la joie de vivre’.
A highly experienced and garlanded sommelier...
At Saint Jacques we have a passion for traditional dishes combined with a modern twist. This has been reflected in the design of the restaurant, where new meets old and the interior amalgamates the characteristics of a warm traditional brasserie with a vibrant and fresh aesthetic.
Saint Jacques’ key features include the light and airy main dining area, where the clean and organic design coupled with the floral artwork complements the local and seasonal ingredients. French windows open onto our courtyard, a tranquil oasis of a kind rarely found in Central London.
Confident, tried and tested; these are attributes we yearn for right now. Even the staff seem familiar, rather like actors you vaguely remember from another film turning up in this new one.
At Buchanans Cheesemonger we believe that cheese deserves to be delicious. We source the finest artisan cheeses from the best producers and expertly condition them so that they may be enjoyed at their very best in London’s top restaurants.
We have a curated range of around 100 cheeses from across Britain and Europe that we are exceptionally proud to stock. Our cheeses are carefully tended to by our team of cheesemongers in our on-site cellars, each of which run at different temperatures and humidity levels to allow for the individual maturing needs of each type of cheese.
We have a small shop where we showcase cheese from our maturing rooms that is tasting great, along with a selection of wines and accompaniments that are carefully selected with cheese-pairing in mind. Our cheese shop is in Connaught Village, near Marble Arch, and won Cheese Counter of the Year 2015-16 at the World CheeseAwards and Most Loved Shop in Paddington in the 2018 Time Out Love London Awards.
In recent months we have added to our range to support the local community during lockdown: bread, eggs, seasonal fruit and vegetables plus store cupboard essentials, sourdough pizza bases, ice cream and more. We are open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am–6pm.
We offer bespoke hampers in store – just pop in and one of our team will help you choose a selection of goodies to suit your tastes and budget.
The Rebottling Christmas Edition is delighted to be partnering with St Jacques restaurant in the heart of London’s St James. Its flamboyant restauranteur and head sommelier Richard Weiss has worked with us to bring you three amazing wines to enjoy, accompanied by a short film and tasting experience to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.