London’s only specialist champagne and hotdog bar, Bubbledogs, will close to refurbish this spring — a change of décor, an extended wine list, and a stripped back food menu are on the cards, according to Hot Dinners. The bar, which focuses on grower champagnes and opened in 2012 is backed by restaurant super group JKS. The bar is owned by ex-chef and sommelier Sandia Chang and her husband, chef James Knappett, who runs two Michelin-starred restaurant Kitchen Table at the back.
The change is partly to add emphasis to the Champagne region. The bar already focusses on grower champagnes — made by champagne producers who also own the land the grapes are grown on, and are often small, independent producers — but the new list will also include more still wines from the region.
The new food menu will include hotdogs called ‘Truffle Shuffle,’ topped with truffle celeriac remoulade, and ‘The New Yorker’ with aged beef and caramelized onions, with additional bar snacks including Comté tater tots and tater tots served with caviar and crème fraiche.
The new look will be a “refined and modern wine bar, with deep purple and mustard tones highlighted by copper accenting” — expect marble tables, built-in champagne wine troughs, and a lounge-like feel. Bubbledogs is currently styled in the exposed brick and wood school, so it’s a considerable departure: perhaps a response to Kitchen Table’s newly acquired second Michelin star.