This spring, Varnishers Yard in Kings Cross will be transforming into quite the Spanish Quarter as Camino launches Bar El Rincón, a new wine and tapas bar next door to Bar Pepito and opposite Camino King’s Cross. Bar El Rincón, meaning ‘bar on the corner’, will open on 4th March as a one-year pop up.
Focusing on sustainability, Bar El Rincón will have a small but perfectly curated selection of drinks. Camino founder and oenophile Richard Bigg has worked with Borough Wines to select a white, red and rosé Spanish wine as well as a sparkling and a sangría, all available only on tap to dramatically reduce waste. Similarly, there will be a choice of two Estrella draught beers alongside a couple of cocktails.
New specials from Camino Executive Chef Nacho del Campo include a vegan superfood salad of Roasted patty pan pumpkin, mixed sprouts, kale and tabbouleh with pumpkin seeds and lemon zest. Camino classics including Arroz negro (black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and aliolli) and Croquetas de jamón, Gambas Ajillo (prawns with garlic, chilli and white wine) will also be available.
Bar El Rincón will be an intimate, relaxed space with 35-covers including comfortable banquette seating, with exposed brickwork and earthy tones. During the warmer months, there will be additional seating in the courtyard.
Hawksmoor have announced the chef line up for 2020’s guest chef series in the intimate Cooks’ Room underneath their restaurant in Borough. Since they opened the doors there in 2017, Hawksmoor have always tried to use the Cooks’ Room as a creative hub and a space to work and exchange ideas with some of the most exciting names in the restaurant industry.
Chefs including Lisa Allen, Tom Kerridge and Nathan Outlaw will be cooking in the open kitchen of the intimate Cooks’ Room on the last Friday of every month, doing their take on a Hawksmoor meal or creating a collaborative menu with Hawksmoor chefs Richard Turner and Matt Brown. Forthcoming Cook’s Room events include Sean Searly from Quality Chop House on 27th March, followed by Kimberley Hernandez of Kym’s on 24th April.
Tickets are priced at £150 per person including wine pairings and will be available to buy at the start of each month from the Hawksmoor website.
For more information on the full line up, click here.
Smokey Kudu, an intimate neighbourhood cocktail bar, is now open under the arches by Queens Road station in Peckham. It is the first of its kind from couple Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams and a short walk away from their hit restaurant Kudu.
The elegant, 37-cover drinking den has the look and feel of a classic West End cocktail bar. Topped with pale pink marble and brass fittings, the central horseshoe bar dominates the space, with drinks shelves set against a large antique mirror covering the back wall. A giant glass chandelier hangs overhead giving the room a luxe feel and a warm glow. Green velvet banquette seating with dark red marble tables and antique mirrors above runs the length of the space. The walls are painted in dark red, evocative of the earthy tones used at Kudu.
Similarly, the drinks list at Smokey Kudu subtly draws on chef/ owner Patrick’s native South Africa with examples being Joburg (South African Gin & Vermouth, Tio Pepe, Orange) and a spicy Saffa-rita (Kudu Chilli Tequila, Van Der Hum, Lime, Chakalaka Salt).
This Burns Night, Spitalfields Bar will be partnering with Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch and Scottish sandwich maestros Visions Canteen for a night of appreciation of the finer parts of Scottish culture. Expect sandwiches and snacks inspired by the late night food of Glasgow’s West End, music from Scott(ish) DJ Martelo and a selection of cocktails and drams from Craigellachie. But no haggis, no kilts and no poetry.
Matt Scott (aka The Knife from Fife) has spent the last few years learning the art of international sandwiches via stints at Bao (buns) and Bad Sports (tacos) before striking out on his own with the cult favourite Visions Canteen on the ground floor of Protein Studios in Shoreditch. Matt’s sandos are playful, inventive and delicious. Hawksmoor is delighted to have had him create a bespoke selection for this year’s celebration of all things Scottish at Spitalfields Bar on Saturday, 25th January.
Vision Canteen x Hawksmoor Burns Night Scran sandos are Fish supper – Fried cod, Sichuan potato noodles, XO mayo and Mumbai Medley – Amchur potatoes, kachumber, tamarind chutney, raita, while snacks include Bacon fries – Salt & vinegar chicharonnes, pineapple ketchup and Mini Kilmarnock-style steak pies. Drinks will include: Hawkeyethenoo – Craigellachie 13y.o., jalapeño, salted pineapple sod and Nine Inch Nail – Craigellachie 13y.o.