18 Jan 2018 Trends
House booze will take drinks lists to another level this year as 10 Greek Street announces plans for a brewery and Canova Hall in Brixton prepares to open an on-site gin distillery in March.
If you didn’t post on social media, did you even go? Love it or hate it, savvy restaurateurs are creating Instagram bait with inspiring interiors that need no filter. Diners at Farm Girl in Chelsea (February) should have smartphones at the ready for its pink marble tops, green leather seating and illustrated arches by Beata Heuman, one of House & Garden’s Top 100 leading interior designers.
The latest edition of Restaurant Magazine is already onto the trend for Portuguese food and wine which it calls “London’s new-found obsession”. Feast on bacalao and pastel de nata at Bar Douro in London Bridge, as well as at recently opened neighbour Londrino.
Art institutions are raising their dining game with Rochelle Canteen at the ICA and The Whitechapel Refectoryfrom the team behind 10 Greek Street, combining the best of London’s dining scene with internationally renowned galleries.
British restaurants will continue to leverage their power in fundraising for important global causes. Over 400 restaurants partnered with homelessness charity StreetSmart last month, and this year we expect to see ongoing support for charities including Cook for Syria, Action Against Hunger, Magic Breakfast and FoodCycle.
The vibrant and healthy hallmarks of modern Australian cuisine will take centre stage in 2018 with a string of new openings. Farm Girl in Chelsea (February) will serve up BLTs (made with coconut bacon), and Blue Jack Tacos featuring buzzy new meat alternative Jackfruit. Also tapping the trend is Wander in Stoke Newington and Daisy Green which plans to expand this year.
A number of London’s oldest pubs are being lovingly restored to their former glory. This month sees the opening of The Coach (pictured) in Clerkenwell, followed by Hero of Maida in March – both will have Anglo-French menus crafted by former Racine maestro Henry Harris. Also serving fine food in cosy pub surrounds are The Blue Posts in Soho, Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone, and The Hour Glass in South Kensington.
Burn’s Night (Thursday 25th January)
Parlour in Kensal, The Sun Tavern in Hackney and Lanes of London in Mayfair, will be celebrating Burn’s Night with special cocktail tributes to the Ploughman Poet. The Sun Tavern will also be serving complimentary Haggis Scotch Eggs.
National Pizza Day (Friday 9th February)
Canova Hall in Brixton and Martello Hall in Hackney will be celebrating National Pizza Day with special pizzas available to take away or eat in. The kitchen will be open until 1am, with DJs all night.
Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday 13th February)
If your pancake-flipping technique leaves a lot to be desired, book a table at Christopher’s Covent Garden, where they go BIG. Its special menu will include a French toast hybrid as well as a multicoloured vegan option. Pancake fans can also get stuck in at Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café.
Valentine’s Day (Wednesday 14th February)
Sharing is the way forward for those dining à deux on the ultimate date night. Try the Portuguese cataplana (seafood stew) or roast suckling pig at Bar Douro, or the Hotline Blingcocktail for two at dimly lit speakeasy Discount Suit Company on Petticoat Lane. For a more traditional fine dining date, Restaurant Mariannein Notting Hill will be serving a four-course tasting menu with olive oil poached native lobster with teama artichokes, and a soufflé of grue de cacao.