Albion & East to open second bar with on-site gin distillery


Martello Hall Hackney

Albion & East Group is expanding to south London with a second bar and restaurant that will feature its own on-site gin distillery.

It plans to open Canova Hall in Ferndale Road in Brixton on September 18 in a 4,579 sq ft former retail and office space, with interiors designed by Red Deer.

It will be a relaxed workspace environment in the daytime, offering take-away coffee, and a destination for cocktails in the evenings, building on the success of Martello Hall in Hackney (pictured) which is open from 8am until 3am at weekends.

Split over the basement and ground floor, it will be an “old market-style” canteen combined with the “utility and grandeur of the food halls and markets of old”.

It will have a menu of “good-quality, simple” food centred on “natural fuel”, with an authentic all-wood oven imported from Modena in Italy. Everything will be fresh, from the 48-hour-fermented pizza dough to the homemade pastas.

As well as ordering drinks from the bar, customers have the option of making their own drinks using ingredients delivered to their table on the cocktail trolley or they can book a bartender to make drinks for them at their table.

After the success of the on-site gin distillery at Martello Hall, Albion & East is building a larger still in Brixton which is being made and shipped over from the US. This will give the team the ability to make larger batches and extend their flavour profile.

Small-batch Canova Gin and Martello Gin will be on sale in both sites, adding to the range of on-site gins the company makes.

Sarah Weir, founder of Albion & East, said: “This is such an exciting project with so many amazing people involved. Brixton is a close-knit and vibrant community, like Hackney, and we are privileged to become part of it.”

Albion & East is supported by The Imbiba Partnership which has been running for 18 years, creating and fully funding new companies within the pub, bar and restaurant sector, with significant expertise in the London market.

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