Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, a new all-day dining restaurant and bar, will open in London’s Bankside next month.
Head chef Lee Streeton, previously of 45 Jermyn Street and Brown’s Hotel, has developed a menu that will celebrate the abundance of British produce through the seasons, while also drawing inspiration from European cuisines and cultures.
Signature dishes will include Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Black Rice and Chorizo, Baked Bone Marrow with Curry Sauce and a Cataplana of Monkfish, Shellfish, Saffron and Potato, designed for two to share and cooked in the restaurant’s wood-fire oven.
The menu will showcase produce sourced as locally as possible including honey from their own beehives and ingredients delivered direct from London’s many fresh markets.
Breakfast will also be served daily, incorporating light and contemporary dishes such Buckwheat Tabbouleh with Tahini Yoghurt and a Poached Egg and Waffles with Autumn Fruit Compote and Crème Fraiche as well as the usual hearty British classics.
At weekends, the wood-fire oven will be put to more use with large, sharing cuts of meat roasted in the oven and served family-style. Magnums of wine and large-serve beers will add to the convivial atmosphere, making it perfect for big groups and families on long, lazy weekend afternoons.
The cocktail and drinks menu will be centred around reflection and rejuvenation, exploring the people, places and produce from the Bankside tapestry.
Complex serves to be savoured such as Honey Washed Negroni will sit alongside “effervescent, excitable drinks that use innovative techniques”, such as a Vagabond Urban Winery Bicicletta.
Six on-draught taps will offer two beers from local Bermondsey brewery Fourpure, as well as on-tap cocktails – a Nitro Cold Brew Martini and a Seedlip Draught Cocktail – and two draught wines.
Furthering Art Yard’s aim to champion neighbouring producers, the bar and restaurant will have a regularly changing menu of bottled and canned beers from breweries along the Bermondsey beer mile.
A concise wine list will showcase a mix of well-known appellations as well as wines from “off the beaten track”.
The interior of Art Yard has been designed by Dayna Lee of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio and will channel the same mid-century aesthetics of the new Bankside Hotel in which it is housed.
Comprising a wrap-around 80-cover, open-plan main dining room, the bright space will feature Alexander Calder-inspired mobiles and sustainably-sourced wood furniture with patterned tiling throughout.
The bar will offer seating for guests to enjoy drinks from the restaurant’s signature menu alongside snacks and small plates as well as the full a la carte menu.
As suggested by the restaurant’s name, modern art will be a focus throughout, with specially commissioned artwork from various local and UK artists hung across the space.
A 20-cover private dining room will house a mural from London ceramicist and illustrator Laura Carlin, composed of illustrated tiles that bring to life the cultural narratives of the Southbank.
Lee said: “We’re really looking forward to introducing Londoners to Art Yard this October and showcasing what we’ve been working hard to perfect over the past few months.
“We’ve been busy sourcing ingredients, speaking to producers and creating a menu that we hope suits the location and builds on the current offering, and we’re excited to finally bring this to Bankside.”
Lee and the rest of the Art Yard team is backed by Bankside Hotel, with Lodewijk Konings acting as Food & Beverage Manager.