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Two much-anticipated new restaurants have opened over the past week: Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story and Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. And there’s more excitement among London foodies this week as Plum + Spilt Milk opens and the London Coffee Festival comes to town.
Chef Tom Sellers has transformed an old toilet block in Bermondsey into a brand-new, wood-clad restaurant with an adventurous menu. Restaurant Story’s signature dish is bread and dripping in the form of an edible candle, which is lit at the table and served with bread to mop up the melted “wax”. Other highlights include the rhubarb and custard cream soda, served in old-fashioned milk bottles, and the three bears porridge, which comes in three bowls – one too salty, one too sweet and one just right.
Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House
Following the launch of Little Social earlier this year, Jason Atherton has opened his third London restaurant, Social Eating House in Soho. Mains – priced at £12 to £18 – include duck with smoked ham, egg and chips; and ravioli of wild boar bolognaise with peppered hearts and kidney. There’s also a first-floor bar called The Blind Pig. Atherton said, “I want it to be a social restaurant where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food.”
Plum + Spilt Milk
Plum + Spilt Milk opens on Friday (26 April) at London’s first railway hotel, the Great Northern Hotel near St Pancras International station. Open from 7am until midnight, the restaurant will serve brasserie-style dishes such as twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé and lemon meringue pie. Seasonal ingredients will be sourced from small, independent suppliers along the Great Northern Line. The hotel also re-launches this week following a £40m refurbishment.
London Coffee Festival
If you’re looking for an excuse to pop out for a latte, you’ll be pleased to hear that this week is UK Coffee Week. The initiative celebrates everything to do with coffee while also fundraising for clean-water projects in African coffee-producing countries. The week’s flagship event is the London Coffee Festival (25 to 28 April), where 15,000 coffee lovers will gather to enjoy artisan coffee, gourmet food, demonstrations and live music. Don’t miss the Espresso Martini Launch Party on Friday night.
Look out for more restaurant news soon.