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Chef Neil McCue Returns To Calgary To Open Whitehall

Chef Neil McCue has returned to Canada, and he’s brought a taste of England with him.

McCue first came to Canada from the U.K. in the early 90s to work as head chef at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. A decade later, McCue left Cambridge for Calgary to join Micheal Noble at Catch.

He would later return to England to run the kitchen at Curlew Restaurant, which earned a Michelin Star during his tenure.

canadas100best_whitehall_3Now, McCue has returned to open Whitehall, a 92-seat, two-storey restaurant in the Bridgeland neighbourhood of Calgary.

“I have fond memories of previously working and living in Canada. I also have a great deal of friends here still who have supported me along the way,” McCue said. “I think its a great opportunity to bring something a little different to an already buzzing food scene.”

Whitehall, expected to open this month, will feature a seasonal menu with a predominant English influence. McCue promises the menu will feature both modern and old-world recipes.

“It’s a small menu that changes with the seasons utilizing Canadian and local produce when possible. Pork pie is a must,” McCue said.

Located in the historic de Waal Block on the corner of 4th Street and Meredith Road NE, Whitehall’s decor pay tribute to Winston Churchill, one of McCue’s heroes.

“Winston has a presence totally, with little touches here and there,” McCue said. “It’s a nod to historic Whitehall, mixed with a good old bit of British humour.”

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