…Three’s a crowd, four’s a party, and the new crews emerging this autumn are certainly channeling a ‘more the merrier’ approach to their creative outputs.
We did a heads up for Gridiron by COMO last week, but there’s a lot to unpack from the myriad personalities at work on this. Colin McSherry (The Clove Club) is in the kitchen, brothers Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) are on cocktail duty, Guardian wine critic Fiona Beckett has taken over the wine list, Lucy Ward (Noble Rot) has created an ‘Under the Counter’ wine offer and Liam Davy (Bad Sports) is leading front of house. Add it all into the Mayfair location and it’s running the gamut of the best of London hospitality – we’re booking in.
Another hotly tipped collaboration has to be the Bastarda x Kaizen House next month. Bastarda is is the new project from Honey Spencer (Nuala, Sager + Wilde, Noma Mexico) and Anaïs Van Manen (Bones, Trullo, Nuala) – remember their Giant Steps takeover back in summer? For December Honey’s teamed up with Elizabeth Haigh of Kaizen House (who led Hackney’s Pidgin to their Michelin star) for a three night run of Christmas feasts, paired with wines by Honey. More on that here.
And up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, there’s an influx of Londoners on the horizon. London Warehouse will open in the city’s creative quarter in spring 2019, with Native, Bistrotheque and BLOK forming a new apart-hotel. They’ve taken over an Industrial Revolution building with Native opening 166 suites inside, Bistrotheque’s Pablo Flack and David Waddington operating a new iteration of their much-loved east London restaurant on the ground floor and BLOK launching their first gym space outside of the capital. This part of town is fiercely northern and proud so we’re eager to see how the southerners fit in – definitely an excuse for a train ride north, in any case.
Even the best in the game can’t resist a new crew once in a while. Team up!