Wow what a busy day. The bistro looks amazing and primed ready for opening. The pictures fill the walls, the chairs and tables are laid out ready. There’s even a strange set of school lockers for coats. I’d expect it eventually to be lined with great wine labels, like some schoolboy shrine to his latest crush.
Elsewhere the whisky snuggle private dining room looks fab and there’s a palpable buzz from the kitchen.
On Tuesday all the menus were fine-tuned and the operational niggles were ironed out. We opened today with more practice for Keith and his team. The pace is frenetic and you get a real sense of a busy kitchen while you gaze across from your table. There’s an amazing smokey smell everytime the Josper grill opens too.
Anticipation is building with only two days to go ’til the opening night.
This is the countdown. The floors are down, the bar top is in place and the kitchen looks amazing. Our very first bistro in London. And we couldn’t be prouder parents. Heading there today to finalise menu layouts and take the first shot for press releases. I hasten add the final imagery for marketing will be taken the following week, so bear with me when viewing my humble compositional skills. Once agreed I’ll also post the menus in PDF form. Expect more posts throughout the day.
Just been to deepest Hereford to meet the new vodka world champions Chase vodka. Their potato vodka, distilled with the irrevereance you’d expect from a tea drinking nation has been crowned the best vodka in the world. We love Chase. We love their forward thinking, devil may care lack of pretention when it comes to distillation. Today we sampled Bovril flavoured infusions that tasted amazing. As an exclusive they’re distillng a marmalade vodka for the opening of the bistro.Got to tell you it tasted very drinkable on its own. Throw in a few ice cubes and you’re ready. Great company and we’re incredibly proud to be associated with the Chase team.