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C California Style

THE DRAYCOTT dining room and bar.
Moules frites.
The Gold Digger cocktail.
MARISSA HERMER on the restaurant terrace.

Brit Wit

by C California Style

Marissa Hermer serves up London flavor in L.A.

MARISSA HERMER on the restaurant terrace.

Although Marissa Hermer is a California girl—she was raised in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach—she may be best known for her role on Bravo’s Ladies of London. The mother of three and her husband, Matt Hermer, own several restaurants and bars in the U.K., and, after making the move across the pond to Pacific Palisades last year, recently opened their first California restaurant and lounge, The Draycott (15255 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades, 310-573-8938; thedraycott.com), in the tony new Palisades Village. We sat down with Marissa to chat Pimm’s cups, puddings and Palisades living.

What’s the creative vision behind The Draycott? I wanted to create a place where I would want to hang out, where I could meet girlfriends for brunch alfresco or have a great cocktail at the bar while my kids run around and play.

Would you say the restaurant has a British aesthetic? Absolutely. The design is inspired by our home in Chelsea, with some of the same textiles.

Tell us about the menu. The produce is sourced from the Wednesday farmers’ market, and the menu leans very British: The English pea dip is like a pea hummus with Moorish flavors. We’re also doing a traditional beer-battered cod and brasserie classics such as steak-frites.

Should we order the sticky toffee pudding or Eton mess? Get both! Otherwise, you’ll see the one you didn’t order at another table and have dessert envy.

Written by KAREN PALMER.
Photography by JAKE AHLES PHOTOGRAPHY.