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Michelin-Starred Restaurant Backers Revive 33-Year-Old Neighbourhood Gem in Barnes

Sonny’s Kitchen is now Church Road

Monkfish with pesto and tomatoes at Church Road in Barnes Church Road [Official Photo]

Barnes will once again have a neighbourhood restaurant operated by top tier restaurateurs Phil Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, as Sonny’s Kitchen — which closed after 33 years, this July — becomes Church Road.

Two ex-Elystan Street staff — head chef Sam Astley-Dean and restaurant manager Alan Parry — will head up the new opening, moving over from Howard and Mascarenhas’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Chelsea, according to Hot Dinners. Initial dishes look to replicate Sonny’s’s previous success, based on comforting dishes executed to a high standard: sweetcorn and clams with a clam and chorizo crumpet; monkfish tail with late summer tomatoes; a roasted fig pudding with fig leaf ice cream, the ice cream of fashion right now.

The restaurant will open 25 September, with a bar menu and private dining room added to the main dining room.

More soon.