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François Marie Jaunay 1776–1838

An English interlude The story of François Marie Jaunay 1
In 1815 the discreet brass plate on Nos 24-27 Leicester Square in London's Soho changed its name from Brunet's Hotel to Jaunay's Hotel [pictured]. This establishment had first opened for trading in mid 1800 after Louis Brunet acquired the lease of 25 Leicester Square. Louis' connections with the Prince de Condé and the French émigrés ensured that the hotel would be a thriving success. The place soon became a popular rendezvous for all the French exiles living in London as a place to catch up with friends and the latest gossip. Moreover, as Brunet's reputation for cooking spread, English clientele increased in numbers too.

Louis Brunet was baptised Jean Louis Philogene Brunet on 11 April 1758 at St Sulpice Church in Paris. He was son of Louis Brunet and Marie Louise nee Viard. Like his father, who died while he was a young boy, Louis was to join the household of Louis Joseph de Bourbon Prince de Condé and work himself up to a high position of trust. Shortly after his father's death his mother remarried Jean Baptiste Jaunay who was also in the employ of the Prince.

The Jaunays and Brunets lived in very turbulent times in France. The general populace was becoming quite discontented with the king and his foreign queen who looked down on the French with disdain. This antagonism was soon to degenerate into the French Revolution and the beginning of the end of the monarchy in France. The Prince de Condé supported the royalist side and became the mouth-piece for royalist sympathies. With the guillotine working overtime, this campaign had to be conducted from beyond the French borders.

The close association with the Prince enjoyed by the Jaunay/Brunet family forced the family to leave the country! Brunet profited from his support of the Prince in exile and accumulated enough funds to establish his hotel in London. Initially François Jaunay went his own way, firstly as a partner with Richard Mandry at the Sablonière Hôtel in Leicester Square and then as a free-lance cook while he lived at 33 Conduit Street. When his half brother chose to retire in 1815, François, now married to Ann Howell with two young daughters, was offered the successful business which he gladly took-over. Louis returned to Chantilly, with the Condés.


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