The annual London Bridge Open Kitchen festival returned this June, celebrating the area’s flourishing food and drink scene. Our favourite local chefs and mixologists were out in force to serve up their creations street-food style in front of the new London Bridge Station. Here’s what we got up to… Thousands of foodies were treated to dishes from the likes of Tom Simmons, Londrino, Aqua Shard and Santo Remedio, with Prosecco House keeping crowds hydrated alongside local brewers Hiver, Small Beer Brew Co. and Fourpure. Crispy Beef Short Rib from Tom Simmons Tower Bridge World renowned chef Leandro Carreira (pictured right) opened his first solo venture Londrino in London Bridge in November 2017. Aqua Shard descended 31 floors to serve their Braised Hereford beef cheek and Bubble & Squeak with slow cooked duck egg and back summer truffle. Mexican inspired Santo Remedio served up a selection of their trademark tacos and launched their new 1800 Tequila Coconut Margarita cocktail – available at their dedicated Tequila & Mezcal bar. If you missed out on this year’s festival, then you can download The London Bridge Open Kitchen Cookbook for recipes from #LBOK18 traders and more. See you next year! LBOK gallery Watch the film Download the cookbook Thanks to: Aqua Shard, Londrino, Tom Simmons, The Hide Bar, Flour & Grape, The Coal Shed, Honest Burgers, Hawksmoor Borough, Hutong, The Rose, Santo Remedio, The Savanna, Anspach & Hobday, Small Beer Crew Co, Hiver Beers, Prosecco House, Constancia, YO!, BOB’s Lobster, Nine Lives, Bermondsey Tonic Water, Two Ruba at The Hilton Tower Bridge, Texas Joe’s, Four Pure, Alex Monroe Jewellery, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Ted Baker, St Mungos, Southwark Giving and Change Please. Photography by The Gaztronome. London Bridge Open Kitchen was part of London Festival of Architecture 2018
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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.
Date: 15th September, 11am-3pm Location: Courage Yard, Shad Thames SE1 2NJ On 15th September, Streetfoodmarkets are embarking on their newest event – Bite at Courage Yard. Bringing the latest and greatest in the street food scene to spice up your lunch hour, Bite will see over 15 of London’s most innovative and sought after vendors pitch up in the space. Need a little flavour? How about Caribbean vibes from The Jerk Joint with their incredible BBQ ribs, spiced up Columbian from Mulata Cuisine and of course the obligatory gourmet burgers by Cheeky Burger. Everyone will be catered for, and there will be veggie, vegan and gluten-fee offerings too. And for those who aren’t solely motivated by food, there will be music and outdoor games to keep you well and truly entertained. The perfect excuse to break out of the office and feast on some delicious cuisines from all corners of the globe – remember to turn up hungry as you’ll be spoiled for choice! FREE to attend.
The first all Latin American street food festival in London comes to Potters Fields Park for the first time in 2017. Comida Fest’s team of curators have sourced out the best of Latin American street traders in London. FREE ENTRY with the best food and drinks, loads of kids and families activities, drinks masterclasses, dance workshops, bands and DJs! Event opening times Sat 11:00 – 21:00 (for food traders and bars and stage until 20:00) Sun 11:00 – 19:00 (for food traders and bars and stage until 18:00)
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.