Deli by day, cocktail bar come evening


A new venue that doubles as a deli by day, but transforms into a cocktail bar at night, has just opened in London.

Temple and Sons is a new city grill, restaurant and bar set across two floors, which offers customers a more relaxed dining experience than its neighbouring sister restaurant, City Social. Executive chef, Paul Walsh, who also heads up City Social, is overseeing the kitchen and is working closely with owner Jason Atherton to create the restaurant’s more relaxed yet innovative menu.

On the ground floor deli and bar, the menu and interiors are inspired by a traditional British grocery store, complete with artisan snacks and sandwiches including game sausage roll, creamy mash and HP gravy and Old Spot spiced pork belly sandwich on brioche and spicy slaw and butter lettuce.

At night the deli transforms into a cocktail bar, with carbonated cocktails canned on site, including Strawberry Can Can: Monkey Shoulder whisky, Chamberyzette strawberry wine, Chambord and Campari. Or Peach Tea Pop: Monkey Shoulder whisky, Rinquinquin peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea, sweet and sour. Or customers can try the company’s own signature bottled lager, The Subtle Fox, available for the first time at Temple and Sons.

In the restaurant, many of the dishes are designed for family-style dining, with grilled fish and meat served whole or in large cuts and a selection of sides to share. These dishes have been created to be comforting and nostalgic, yet innovative and full of flavour. Think wood-fired pork chops and baby fennel and confit lemon salad and you’ve got the picture.

Overseen by Russell Sage Studio, the interior has been designed to evoke thoughts of a Victorian grocery, with stacked timber shelves brimming with a variety of goods. A palette of rich, caramel tones with flashes of orange and teal create a warm and inviting space, with timber panelling embellished with antique brogue detailing and brass ironmongery. Feature lighting includes Victorian angle-poise lamps and a custom-made feature light suspended over the staircase between the two floors.

Commenting on the launch of Temple and Sons, owner Jason said: “Temple and Sons is my tribute to our great British produce and dining traditions. Following the success of my partnership with Restaurant Associates on City Social, I’m very happy to be working with them again.”

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