The place where Jason Atherton’s career as an international restaurateur began remains the jewel in his crown
Jason Atherton has a restaurant empire that spans the globe but it all started at Pollen Street Social in 2011 when he took over a rundown Mayfair pub and turned it into one of the capital’s most enduringly chic dining rooms
Atherton took the street name for his restaurant because he says that even black cabbies didn’t know how to find it and he wanted to get it on people’s radar.
Today, Pollen Street Social remains the jewel in the crown in what is a group of impressive restaurants in The Social Group and is the place Atherton holds dearest. As a result, the restaurant is constantly being finessed and refined, with Atherton leaving no stone unturned in search of perfection.
Alongside head chef Dale Bainbridge, who has worked at the restaurant since 2013, Atherton has created a stellar tasting menu of hit after hit. It begins with afternoon tea and fish and chips, although not as you know it – the latter being a confit potato dotted with taramasalata and with a dusting of salt and vinegar powder – before making way for larger dishes that bring out the best of the restaurant’s British produce.
The use of the word social in the restaurant name is apt. On a culinary level it’s very high reaching but as a dining room it has a more informal, laid back vibe that makes it the envy of many a Mayfair establishment. Now, people definitely know where Pollen Street is.