In 2013 Owner and Founder of BOB’s Lobster, Rob Dann (pictured centre) set out on a mission to blur the boundaries of fine dining and street food; serving exquisite seafood and wines curb-side from a VW Campervan. Five years on, the business has gone from strength to strength and now BOB’s are preparing to park up permanently for the first time in the arches of London Bridge. Here’s the low down on what’s to come. Tell us about the journey of BOB’s Lobster so far… Wow, what a journey its been. I guess it started in 2012 in Indiana, USA, which is where our 1957 VW camper came from. We figured since Indiana was in-land that rust would be minimal (we were wrong). We imported her to the UK and over 9 months transformed her into a the most unique food and wine outlet London has seen and we haven’t stopped since. After almost 5 years of touring, pop-ups and collaborations, our little food truck has given us so much more than we ever envisaged or bargained for. Countless meals in countless neighbourhoods, running late in to the night, a hangout for culinary tourists from all over the world, a front row seat at fashion shows and concerts and more lobster than you can imagine… all from possibly the smallest kitchen in the world! Of course there were also countless van breakdowns, many midnight trips to market, a distinct lack of sleep and the odd downpour, but we wouldn’t change a thing! We are excited to announce that it is time to hang up the keys and park ourselves in our first permanent site this year, right where it all began at London Bridge, delivering our signature seafood extravagance and stellar wines in a casual setting. What are you looking forward to about opening a restaurant in London Bridge/ why did you choose London Bridge as a location? It’s so exciting to open our first BOB’s Lobster down the road from our sister wine bar Bedales of Borough, not to mention where it all started and we hosted our first ever pop up, right at the intersection of London’s iconic Borough Market and the buzz of Bermondsey Street. How would you describe BOB’s philosophy? We have a philosophy of good food, good wine and great hospitality. We wanted to challenge convention and formal dining rooms, stripping away white linen table cloths and serving up seafood extravagance curb-side with a street food twist. We’re excited to hear that the new restaurant will also be home to a wine bar – can you tell us your ideal dish and wine pairing? Our Dorset crab tortellini, with shaved bottarga in smoked tomato broth works so well with a glass of Viognier, Roussanne Granit Blanc 2017, Vin de Pays de L’Ardeche, Vincent Paris, Rhone, France. The Viognier, which is aromatic, rich and creamy is a perfect match with the sweet meat of the crab and the weight of the wine ideal for the silky texture of the pasta. Can you summarise the BOB’s Lobster experience in 3 words? Extravagant. London. Fun If we have to try one thing on the menu what would it be? The smoked river Exe mussels & braised ox cheek toast is amazing, it will change your life. BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen is set to open at Unit 59, St Thomas Street on May 18th 2018.
Italian gem Padella is the culmination of owner’s Tim and Jordan’s long held dream to open a pasta bar serving fresh, hand rolled pasta. The menu is packed full of simple yet delicious sauces and fillings inspired by the duo’s trips to Italy, at unbeatable prices. Don’t be put off by the queue – it moves quickly and you can leave your name while you grab a drink next door at one of the famous Borough Market’s watering holes. https://www.padella.co
Pizza-lovers favourite Franco Manca has come a long way since its doors opened in Brixton Market in 2008; they now have over 40 branches across the UK. The local London Bridge branch is based on Bermondsey Steet, serving delicious sourdough pizza with high-quality toppings at unbeatable prices. Franco Manca are now taking bookings ONLY between 3 – 6pm from Monday to Thursday, subject to availability.
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. Inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico, they import speciality ingredients like Pasilla and Serranos to give their dishes an authentic flavour. They also work with local producers like Gringa Dairy in Peckham who produce their artisanal Mexican cheeses. Book your table.
The Elmore Jam is showcasing Zac’s HARLOT supper club at Spianata Bakery, London Bridge Join The Elmore Jam for Zac Whittle’s seasonal five course menu accompanied by a lively jazz trio and a welcome drink on the 13th and 14th of April. Event title: SPANISH MOON ABOUT Zac’s Harlot – After 15 years working as a chef in Michelin starred kitchens, such as Galvin La Chapelle and Orrery, and most recently Sky Garden, Zac decided to take the knowledge & passion he’s gained and take it to a smaller more intimate environment. In the supper club environment he can serve, meet & interact with the guests; breaking the barrier set by conventional restaurants. The Elmore Jam – Started nearly three years ago as a live music supper club by food entrepreneur Nick Atkins which was originally run from his own home. The Venue – Spianata Bakery in More London. Spianata is on of London’s newest streets, sandwiched between Tower Bridge and The Shard. The Elmore Jam event strive to make their events very lively and sociable for all; expect a Negroni on arrival with jazz trio playing the night away. Snacks and nibbles will be provided before you sit down for your 5 course meal. Tickets >> £49.50 £39 for your dining and welcome drink plus £10 for your jazz trio! House Rules – NOT BYOB – There will be a selection of wine, Prosecco, beer and the odd cocktail available on the night. This supper club dining experience is being hosted by The Elmore Jam at Spianata Bakery, More London Place, off Tooley Street, London SE1 2RT
Hong Kong based restaurant Duddell’s opened its doors in London Bridge in November 2017. In keeping with the traditions of its Michelin-starred Hong Kong counterpart, Duddell’s showcases authentic Cantonese dishes and hand-crafted dim sum, using only the freshest, premium ingredients sourced in the UK and further afield. Housed in the historic St Thomas’ Church, Michaelis Boyd (Soho Farmhouse, Soho House Berlin) has designed the interior with the aim to maximise the daylight and heritage elements of the Grade II-listed building – honouring original features such as the ground floor alter, whilst exploring contemporary twists. Duddell’s will also features an impressive standalone bar with a dynamic wine list of old and new world wines as well as classic and innovative Asian-inspired cocktails. Duddell’s Hong Kong was conceived to create a cultural and social destination for people with an appreciation for the arts, providing an inspiring backdrop where people could meet, eat, drink and socialize. The London restaurant follows suit, reflecting its creative roots in a menu packed with ingredient-led dishes that highlight texture and technique. Reservations can be made online at www.duddells.co or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 0203 957 9932.
Sandwiched between two of the best artisan markets in the country and home to an array of talented independent restauranteurs and sensational occasion destinations alike; London Bridge has long been an established haven for food-lovers. 2017 has been an especially exciting year for the area’s culinary scene: seeing the opening of Chef Leandro Carreira’s debut solo venture Londrino, Brighton export The Coal Shed and a Tower Bridge branch of London’s beloved brasserie, The Ivy. In celebration of the area’s ever growing network of fantastic restaurants and bars, we’re excited to share the London Bridge Winter Cookbook. Whether you find inspiration for your own festive feast, 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. Click to view online or download The London Bridge Winter Cookbook was created by Team London Bridge and illustrated by Livi Gosling. Visit Livi’s Etsy shop to purchase the ‘Christmas Dinner’ artwork Christmas cards. With thanks to Borough Market, The Coal Shed, Oblix, Nine Lives, The Ivy Tower Bridge, The Hide, TwoRuba, Jose Pizarro, Baluchi at The LaLit London, WSET, Hawksmoor Borough, Little Bird Gin, London Bridge City, Vivat Bacchus and More Bar.
No.83 is the latest addition to the eclectic Bermondsey Street’s culinary offer; a charming cafe to eat, drink and relax. Part of the Fashion & Textile Museum, No.83 promises great wines picked by Bermondsey based wine supplier Boutinot as well a menu of small and large plates, made from the best local produce. Show your DealCard at No.83 when purchasing 2 glasses of house wine, and get the rest of the bottle free. You can also hire the space for parties and corporate events. See details at www.no83.co.uk or call 020 7378 0880. Open 7 days a week.
Event Date: 30th September, 11am-5pm Location: Courage Yard, Shad Thames, SE1 2NJ As part of Totally Thames festival, Courage Yard is putting on a one day event celebrating Britain’s intimate love affair with our favourite beverage. From the staple English Breakfast to the hip Matcha lattes and everything in between, no matter what kind of tea lover you are, the full programme of activity planned is sure to appeal. A range of workshops from Tea Blending to Tea Cocktails are on offer, alongside a super zen Tea Ceremony to raise your fan status to solid tea connoisseur. Plus expect award-winning street food, an artisan tea-themed market, live DJ set by The Roustabouts and swing dancing lessons by Swing Patrol to do the Tea Dance justice. Put on your glad rags and join us for a quintessentially British affair with a modern twist! The event is free to attend but workshops are ticketed. Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tea-total-tickets-36606970434
This August, luxury boutique hotel The LaLit London are hosting a special dinner in their restaurant, Baluchi. In celebration of Indian Independence Day, the dinner will include a four course menu designed by Executive Chef Arup Dasgupta and live music from one of the most famous Indian Sitar Players on the London Scene. Book your table