Chef Pip Lacey has a background in fine dining, but the menu at this light and open restaurant has a more relaxed feel
Hicce (pronounced ee-che) was dreamed up by friends Pip Lacey and Gordy McIntyre on a ski season in 2001, but only opened its doors in 2018. Lacey made her name appearing on Great British Menu and as head chef at Angela Hartnett’s two Michelin-starred Murano, while McIntyre has overseen front of house at numerous London restaurants.
They’ve teamed up to open Hicce in a warehouse previously home to the infamous Bagley’s nightclub in King’s Cross, though nowadays it’s a light-filled space with big windows overlooking the Coal Drop’s yard development.
Despite Lacey’s background in fine dining the menu is a more relaxed affair focused on wood-fired cooking, which feels true to her own style. Diners can start by creating their own sharing board from a mix of charcuterie, bread, cheese, vegetables or seafood, alongside apple chutney. Mains include hot sticks – designed as dishes broken down on a skewer– which are suited to sharing and range from lamb with salsa verde and almond; to beetroot, sweet potato, yoghurt and sumac.
Larger dinner plates include charred hispi cabbage, cassava and sesame yoghurt; pork with honey-soused tomato and pease; and sea bream ceviche with chilli and pinenuts.
Hicce’s three-sided central bar is good place to perch for a light lunch or snack, and its newly opened terrace is a perfect spot to make the most of the summer sunshine.