We've had plenty of speakeasy style restaurants in London and now restaurants are looking back further for their inspiration. The latest is the Factory House, opening in Leadenhall Market, which is taking Victorian industrialisation as its theme (recently made popular by a certain sporting opening ceremony).
The subterranean restaurant, which will seat 180, is an all-day affair and will "celebrate the age of modern industrialists". This will mainly be seen in the machines and inventions dotted throughout the room to give a factory feel - antique train station clocks, decorative gauges, pipes and valves on the walls and a renovated Victorian coffee roaster (that alas will only be used as a waiter station). There will also be a "helical" staircase surrounding an free-standing glass shaft lift to make entrance to the restaurant all the more impressive.
The food will be overseen by Sean Davies, formerly Executive Chef at the Tate restaurants, and will feature seasonal British food. There will be a central open grill and spit-roast, with dishes on offer that include:
- Grilled Wood Pigeon with Fig Tart, Prune & Bacon Rolls
- Fried Goujons of Flounder with Samphire & Shellfish Mayonnaise
- Guinea Fowl with Black Pudding Scotch Eggs, Artichoke Puree & roasted Medlar Plums
- Blood Orange Posset with Blood Orange Granite
Wines and cocktails will be run by Fluid Movement, best known for Purl, Worship Street Whistling Shop and the recently opened Dach & Sons. Along with the drinks, there will be bar snacks including Bacon & Thyme Popcorn, Lancashire Rarebits and Gordal Olives with Orange Sea Salt & Wild Oregano.
The Factory House opens at 10 Lime Street, London, EC3 on September 14.