This April sees the opening of Social Eating House, a new restaurant by renowned chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton.
Atherton, formerly of the Gordon Ramsay Group and the man behind Pollen Street Social and Little Social, hopes to create a casual and affordable dining experience. Head Chef Paul Hood, who has worked alongside Atherton for six years, will offer a contemporary bistro menu paying tribute to the best of British cooking, with some international influences.
The restaurant designers, Russell Sage Studio, worked closely with Atherton to create an eclectic room full of character. Exposed brick walls, traditional white-washed copper ceilings and weathered leather banquet seats will be complimented by key pieces of restored furniture on the ground-floor dining area. The first floor bar, called the Blind Pig, will also have a vintage twist, with antique mirrored ceilings and reclaimed wooden chairs. In the bar, mixologist Gareth Evans has created a menu of signature drinks including Thermonuclear daiquiri and Scrub a Dub Dub. The basement will house a hidden ‘Employees Only’ dining space with a 15-seated wrap-around bar.
Inspired by the buzzing Soho area, Atherton’s vision is to create a restaurant where diners can enjoy the key elements of the current London dining scene: “I want it to be a social restaurant where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food. People will be able to enjoy a good meal that is good value.”
Address: Social Eating House, 58 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 7NR
Phone number: 020 7993 3251