One of London’s leading chef-restaurateurs will take over Esher pub
It’s a chef-swap in Esher: José Pizarro will take over Claude Bosi’s Swan Inn, bringing over “the best of [his] restaurants” as a base for the food. Pizarro’s eponymous Pizarro and José Tapas in Bermondsey, as well as his City restaurant José Pizarro, have long set a high standard for Spanish restaurants in London, with the Bermondsey tapas bar one of London’s only genuine examples of the form. Pizarro, together with Monika Linton, also co-founded, grew, and developed Brindisa into London’s pre-eminent Spanish ingredient supplier. [The Caterer]
London restaurants using Brexit to sell food: The latest
Apollo Pizzeria will offer 25 percent off its pizza — with a couple of caveats — to any customers that bring in a copy of a letter or email to their local member of parliament expressing support for a second Brexit referendum. Owner Oliver Kenny said: “Our tiny little pizzeria in Hackney should do our bit to positively say what we think is the best thing to do.” The Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency voted 78 percent in favour of staying in the E.U., so there should be a wealth of interested parties; those caveats include eating in only, a minimum of two items on the bill, including one pizza, and no discount Fridays and Saturdays. A less irksome approach than the ‘Brexit Burger’, for sure. [Hackney Gazette]
Acclaimed Edinburgh bakery brings its fine buns to Soho
Söderberg will open its first London site on Berwick Street, serving Swedish buns, tarts, and sandwiches that have won it acclaim from locals and hungry Fringe-goers alike.
Luxury Nine Elms development signs theatrical cocktail specialists
The Alchemist will open a new London site at Battersea’s Embassy Gardens, also the future home of lauded south London restaurateur Robin Gill’s next restaurant, Darby’s. The south London opening will join bars at Bevis Marks and St. Martin’s Lane, as well as an upcoming Old Street opening.
Market-beating steak restaurant acquires £5 million for expansion
Flat Iron has taken £5 million from “alternative lender” ThinCats to fund its London expansion plans, including restaurants in London Bridge and Spitalfields. The former, at 112 - 116 Tooley Street, will open later this month. [Big Hospitality]
Islington’s Upper Street gets the sausage restaurant it always wanted
X-Upper will open at 88 Upper Street, on the former Jamón Jamón site. James Tanner — of Ready Steady Cook — will bring a fast-casual gourmet sausage restaurant to one of London’s most challenging and changeable restaurant streets. After walking “152km across 14 cities in Europe,” to trial “513 sausages,” Tanner and team have alighted on five: Italian, English, Spanish, Moroccan, and chicken. [Hot Dinners]