Chris Corbin and Jeremy King first met whilst working at Langan’s Brasserie and Joe Allen’s respectively, both influential restaurants on the London scene in the late 1970s.
In 1981, they acquired Le Caprice which had originally opened in the 1940s. After a challenging beginning it became a great success. The Ivy opened in 1990 and consistently topped the Zagat and Harden’s Guides as most popular restaurant in London.
The theme of restoring faded restaurants to their former glory continued with the purchase and renovation of J. Sheekey in 1998.
In the same year, Caprice Holdings Limited was sold to Signature Restaurants; Corbin & King remained as non-executive Directors until 2002.
Corbin & King then acquired the site that became The Wolseley (November 2003). It had long been an ambition to open an all-day brasserie/café in the European style, which The Wolseley has fulfilled magnificently, achieving the highest grossing turnover of any individual restaurant in the UK.
Corbin & King (formerly Rex Restaurant Associates until January 2014) was created to manage the future expansion of the company’s interests and to focus on new opportunities in London and abroad, as well as manage the existing portfolio, including The Delaunay in London’s Aldwych (December 2011), Brasserie Zédel in Sherwood Street (June 2012), Colbert on Sloane Square (October 2012), Fischer’s on Marylebone High Street (Spring 2014), their first hotel, The Beaumont in Mayfair (September 2014) and Bellanger in Islington (December 2015).
Video: The Crown Estate has signed restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin to revamp one of the scheme’s 1930s Art Deco restaurants.