This laid-back restaurant combines high-end cooking with a relaxed setting
With its exposed brick walls, distressed leather banquettes and moody lighting, this ground floor space feels more like a posh gastropub than a fine dining restaurant.
The brainchild of restaurateur Jason Atherton, the kitchen is overseen by chef Paul Hood, who previously headed up Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social restaurant in London. Social Eating House won a Michelin star itself within six months of opening in 2013 and has held onto the accolade ever since.
The food here is unfussy but creative, with starers including Hood’s take on mushrooms on toast that features pickled girolles, onion marmalade and ricotta; and mains such as 40-day aged Cumbrian rump steak with duck fat chips, salad and a sauce. The restaurant is upfront about its dedication to top quality British produce, with the menu listing the produce, its county of origin and how far it has travelled to the restaurant.
The six-course Sampler menu (£65 without wine pairings) is a good way to experience the breadth of what the kitchen has to offer, but there’s also cheaper set menus serving up three courses for £28, or £38 with a wine carafe to share.
It’s also worth a visit to the upstairs Blind Pig bar, which has the same speakeasy vibe with clever and creative cocktails, fine wines and beers.