Tag: Dining

The Coal Shed

Published on 13th October 2017

Hailing from Brighton and born from the love of cooking the finest meat and seafood over fire, The Coal Shed Restaurant London is located at One Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames.  Open seven days a week, 12noon until 10pm, the restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. For those dining before a show at The Bridge Theatre or wanting an express lunch, the restaurant’s pre theatre menu is available from 12noon until 6.30pm and 9:30pm until 10:30pm £20 for two courses or £24 for three. The Coal Shed London, occupies two floors and a bar for pre and post dinner drinks and cocktails expertly crafted. If you want to host your own event, there is a private dining room on the mezzanine or the restaurant can be exclusively hired for any type of occasion. Book now

An Interview with The Coal Shed’s Laura Petersen

Published on 25th September 2017

In the days leading up to the launch of London Bridge’s latest culinary addition, The Coal Shed, we speak to Head Pastry Chef, Laura Petersen. Laura discovered her talent as a pastry commis at The Ginger Pig in Hove, where she moved up the ranks before eventually becoming part of the opening team for The Coal Shed’s sister restaurant, The Salt Room in Brighton in 2015. It was there she was promoted to Head Pastry Chef. The biggest move in her career is yet to come – as she moves to London to head up a team of five, creating and making all the home made bread and desserts for the new restaurant. If you could sum up The Coal Shed experience in three words, what would they be? Meat, Fish, Fire. What preparations are you taking for the move to One Tower Bridge? Personally, moving to London from Brighton for the first time means flat hunting and exploring the area. Developing the menu and coming up with new desserts is great fun. We are also recruiting for a new team so lots of interviews! Describe your typical day at the restaurant… Busy! I’m the first in in the morning to bake the bread and this is when I have my first coffee of the morning before everyone else comes in. Then we get all the big jobs for the day done such as making our famous pebbles, which are chocolate truffles shaped like pebbles. In London this will become chocolate coal covered in charcoal. Then briefing the team for service. I am always working on menu development and creating during the day and testing my ideas. If you had to recommend just one dish from the menu, what would it be? I love the selection of sweet which is our take on petit fours, we are showcasing some of the favourite from our Brighton menus to London. Perfect little bites to enjoy with your after dinner cocktail or coffee. Finally, what treats can we expect from the dessert section? We have our take on classic desserts and my playful take on childhood favourites such as the ‘chocolate bar’ which chocolate lovers will adore! I like taking classics and giving my own twist to them- look out for the new custard tart, with pumpkin and nutmeg. Named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coal Shed’s philosophy is a celebration of meat, fish and fire. The menu will focus around the finest, locally sourced ingredients, including a range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks from the North Highlands cooked on hot coals, plus fish fresh from the South coast.    One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE Open daily 12-10pm. Bookings taken from 16th October 2017 www.coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk  info@coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk

A Guide to New Restaurants in London Bridge

Published on 17th August 2017

  London Bridge has long been an understated diner’s haven; sandwiched between two of the best artisan markets in the country (Borough Market and Maltby Street), the area is teeming with talented independent restauranteurs and sensational occasion destinations alike. With exciting cultural development catalysed by the rejuvenation of one of the busiest stations in the country, an influx of new talent is being drawn to the area, cementing London Bridge’s status as one of London’s ultimate culinary destinations. Here’s the low down on the latest newcomers…   Duddell’s London Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Michelin star Cantonese restaurant meets contemporary gallery  Where: 6 St Thomas Street, Southwark, London SE1 9RY This self proclaimed ‘cultural destination’ is set to bring its unique brand of authentic Cantonese cuisine and creative cocktails to London Bridge; inhabiting the site of the historic St. Thomas’ Church. Like its Hong Kong counter-part, Duddell’s will also host rotating art programmes, reflecting the brand’s commitment to global initiatives.   Santo Remedio Opening September 2017 In a nutshell: A contemporary take on authentic Mexican dining Where: 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU A relocation from Shoreditch brings Mexico City inspired Santo Remedio to the former site of Magdalen restaurant on Tooley Street. Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes have created a ‘cantina’ /‘comedor’ set up across two floors, serving regional specialities like their signature guacamole with grasshoppers, paired with artisanal tequila and mezcal cocktails.   Bob’s Lobster Opening Autumn 2017 In a nutshell: Exquisite seafood with a no-nonsense attitude Where? St Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QU Serving on paper plates from their trusty ’57 VW camper since 2013, Bob’s Lobster’s philosophy is all about simple yet indulgent pleasures. This autumn they’ll be parking up the van to open their first permanent restaurant on St Thomas Street. Expect indulgent delights such as Lobster Bisque Poutine Fries, Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos and Blood Orange Seabass Ceviche…   Londrino Opening November 2017 In a nutshell: World class creative cuisine with Portuguese flair Where: 36 Snowsfields Yard, London, SE1 3SZ With a 3 year stint at one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants under his belt (Mugaritz is currently rated number 9) Chef Leandro Carreira’s debut solo venture is an exciting prospect. Originally from Lisbon, Carreira will observe Portuguese flavours, traditions and ingredients; however, the weekly menu will explore influences and techniques from Carreira’s “experience as a chef who now calls London his home”.   The Coal Shed Opening October 2017 In a nutshell: A celebration of meat, fish and fire.  Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE Named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards, The Coal Shed have built an impressive reputation at their first Brighton based restaurant. The London branch will combine the successes of The Coal Shed and sister restaurant The Salt Room to comprise a menu of speciality meat and fish dishes, cooked expertly over fire.   The Ivy Tower Bridge Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Classic British-brasserie sophistication Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE The Ivy Collection endeavours to bring a piece of ‘The Ivy magic’ from the West End to other parts of London, and the latest Tower Bridge addition doesn’t disappoint. Serving modern British classics from dawn until dusk, diners can enjoy breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails – all with a spectacular view of one of London’s most famous landmarks.   Baluchi-London Opened March 2017 In a nutshell: Impeccably executed Indian flavours with a modern twist Where? 181 Tooley St, London SE1 2JR Set in the spectacular Great Hall of the boutique LaLit London Hotel, Baluchi is the first branch of its kind in the UK. Chef Arup Dasupta has travelled far and wide to find his inspiration for this vibrant and innovative menu: a fusion of the finest organic ingredients and incredible Indian flavours.   The Rose  Relaunched June 2017 In a nutshell: Neighbourhood pub classics with personality  Where: 123 Snowsfields, London SE1 3ST The focus of The Rose has recently shifted from considered French fare to hearty home-comforts, responding to local demand for a quality, independent neighbourhood pub. However, with Manual Honey Butter Ribs and Pale Ale Battered Halloumi on the menu; this is not your average pub-grub.*   Tom Simmons Opened July 2017 In a nutshell: Rustic British, French and Welsh fusion  Where: 2 Still Walk, London SE1 2RA Acclaimed chef Tom Simmons and partner Lois Thomas opened their first restaurant in London at the end of July 2017. Tom was reached the quarter-finals in MasterChef – The Professionals in 2011 and most recently headed up the kitchen at Wolfscastle Country Hotel where he was awarded 2 AA Rosettes within the year. Tom’s relaxed and elegant cooking style takes influence from British and French cuisine with a nod to his Welsh heritage and a focus on thoughtfully sourced ingredients.   Feeling inspired? You can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook here. Check out our restaurant map – click the name for info. * Get 25% of lunch at The Rose until 14th September with London Bridge DealCard. Valid Mon-Thurs from 12-5PM.

The Coal Shed opens at One Tower Bridge

Published on 09th August 2017

Hailing from Brighton and born from the love of cooking the finest meat and seafood over fire, new restaurant The Coal Shed, is an exciting new addition to the London Bridge dining scene.  Open seven days a week from 12PM until 10PM, the restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. For those dining before a show at The Bridge Theatre or looking for an express lunch, the restaurant’s pre theatre menu is available from 12noon until 6.30pm and 9:30pm until 10:30pm at £20 for two courses or £24 for three. Diners can expect impeccably balanced dishes like Venison with rosscoff, salsify, chocolate and figs, alongside classics like Surf & Turf, with an extensive selection of cocktails and carefully curated wine list to match. The restaurant is spread across two floors: the décor; a relaxed, contemporary take on old-world glamour. The mezzanine level has been purpose designed as a flexible dining and event space, including an intimate private dining room for 12 or the option to occupy the full floor for a party size of 46 diners. The Coal Shed was named as one of the best places to eat in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards. Book your table now.    One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE www.coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk  info@coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk

London Bridge Open Kitchen brings a foodie crowd to St Thomas Street

Published on 06th July 2017

London Bridge Open Kitchen returned in June with a glittering line up of traders celebrating the area’s vibrant eating and drinking scene. Local restaurants served up their culinary delights street-food-style on St Thomas Street for one evening only. Below the gaze of The Shard the chefs, distillers and pubs from the London Bridge area put together exquisite dishes and cocktails especially for the occasion, while craft ales from local brewers were served chilled to the thirsty crowd. Aqua Shard, Hawksmoor, Hutong, Texas Joe’s, Savannah, Bob’s Lobster, Fourpure, The Hide, Hiver Beer, Constancia and more all took advantage of the opportunity to set up stall along this beautiful arch-lined avenue, while free live music and food making workshops entertained over 2,000 people beside the new London Bridge station. Judging by the requests to make Open Kitchen a regular feature on St Thomas Street we can only judge it to have been hugely successful! Team London Bridge and our partners will be looking into how we can bring more excitement and local culture to the street in the future. Watch this space! If you missed out on the event then you can download The London Bridge Summer Cookbook for recipes from #LBOK17 traders and more. London Bridge Open Kitchen evening was part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. Check out more photos of the event on Facebook.   

The London Bridge Summer Cookbook

Published on 21st June 2017

Whether you’re looking for a Michelin dining experience or a bustling market vibe, the iconic area of London Bridge has got you covered with it’s exciting culinary offer. We’re proud to introduce the London Bridge Summer Cookbook, featuring an array of the area’s many fantastic restaurants and bars. Whether you try out a recipe at home, or pay the area a visit to sample one of these delicious concoctions first hand; we hope you’ll be inspired by the talent and creativity of London Bridge’s chefs and mixologists.   Thanks to Aqua Shard, B Street Deli, Baluchi at The LaLit Hotel, Cafe Rouge, Horniman at Hay’s, Jose Tapas Bar, LASSCO Bar & Dining, Little Bird Gin, Spianata, Tanner & Co, Texas Joe’s, The Garrison, The Hide, The Ivy Tower Bridge, Tom Simmons, Two Ruba, Village East, Vivat Bacchus and Wawa Restaurant for their delicious contributions. 

OBLIX

Published on 09th March 2017

Oblix is an experiential drinking and dining destination located on the 32nd floor of The Shard where guests can choose from two dynamic offerings. Oblix East is home to the bar and lounge, playing host to locals and stylish urbanites looking for a refined drinking experience while sipping on creative culinary cocktails and enjoying music ranging from live bands to DJ sets. With views over Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, Oblix East offers guests an eclectic mix of innovative seasonal dishes inspired by the booming East London food scene, along with a new small bites menu that elevates street food to new heights. For guests who seek a traditional, yet exceptional demonstration of contemporary cooking, the restaurant in Oblix West proudly showcases the wood-fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie at the heart and soul of the open kitchen at Oblix. The sophisticated menu, with dishes being created insight of your table, includes an array of global classic dishes each with an Oblix twist. Guests at Oblix West can enjoy a relaxing dining experience while enjoying the unparalleled views of the Thames from London Bridge to Big Ben Oblix are offering London Bridge DealCard holders access to their exclusive £7.50 cocktail menu and Secret Society Offers. Please show your card on arrival or quote when booking.  Opening times  RESTAURANT Monday – Saturday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Sunday: Roast 12-3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm   LOUNGE Monday – Friday: Lunch 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm Saturday – Sunday: Brunch – 12 – 4pm / Dinner – 6pm-11pm   BAR opening times Sunday – Wednesday: 12pm – 12am Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 1pm     Afternoon Tea Service Monday – Friday: 12 – 3.30pm Saturday – Sunday: 2:45 – 4:30pm   Getting there: Oblix, Level 32 at The Shard, 31 St Thomas street, SE1 9RY Oblix is situated on the 32nd floor of The Shard, right above London Bridge tube station. For any bookings please call directly our reservation team: 020 7268 6700 Please note: no children under the age of 16 are allowed in Oblix Lounge after 6pm Dress Code: Smart, Casual (no gym trainers, running shoes, flip flops, beach wear or baseball caps are not allowed). Clean, fashionable sneakers will be accepted but only if worn with suitable attire. Jeans are permitted so long as they are not torn or scruffy.