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One of London’s Small Plate Forerunners Is Sold After 13 Years

Dehesa, Ember Yard and Salt Yard will join Opera Tavern in Urban Pubs and Bars’ stable

After taking on Covent Garden’s Opera Tavern in August, Urban Pubs and Bars has added the rest of the Salt Yard Group to its stable. The restaurant group, which is made up of three Spanish-Italian tapas bars — Dehesa and Ember Yard in Soho (which hosts the annual Croqueta Challenge), and Salt Yard in Fitzrovia — broke the news on Twitter, stressing that there would be “no changes at the restaurants”.

Urban Pubs also tweeted the news, saying it was “over the moon” to be welcoming the group “to the @urbanpubs family”. It’s responsible for 14 venues across London, including The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street and Kensal Green’s Paradise, but its only previous restaurant offering was Well Street Pizza in Hackney, which is poised to open a Peckham branch.

It’s been a turbulent 18 months for Salt Yard Group. Chef-director Ben Tish left in March 2017 after 11 years, and in November the group closed Veneta in St James’s Market just a year after the northern Italian restaurant had opened.

Launched in 2005 by Sanja Moll and Simon Mullins, Salt Yard Group aimed to recreate the Spanish and Italian-influenced small-plates dining style that was then gaining momentum in New York, and is now ubiquitous in London. Jay Rayner called Salt Yard “one of the good ones” in 2006, while Andy Hayler called it “some of the best tapas in London” in 2007. Dehesa opened in 2008, with Ember Yard following in 2013. Salt Yard launched a new menu in October, following a refurbishment.

Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street, , England WC2B 5JS 020 7836 3680 Visit Website


3 Norris Street , London , SW1Y 4RJ Visit Website


25 Ganton Street , London , W1F 9BP Visit Website

Ember Yard

60-61 Berwick St, London, Greater London W1F 8SU +44 20 7439 8057 Visit Website

Salt Yard

54 Goodge Street, , England W1T 4NA 020 7637 0657 Visit Website