Dining and cocktails at second site for The Lucky Pig


lucky pig fulham bar restaurant

After the success of The Lucky Pig in London’s Fitzrovia, a second has opened in Fulham

Inspired by 1920s decadence and US Prohibition, The Lucky Pig appeared four years ago tucked away in a basement in London’s Fitzrovia. Taking its name from “blind pigs”, or speakeasies, and Prohibition mobster Lucky Luciano, it remains a popular late-night drinking den with its bare brick walls, antique furnishings and crafted cocktails. Its directors Keith Tucker, Will Wigram, Paul Bromley and Matt Clifton have now taken the concept above ground for a second bar in Fulham in west London.

The Lucky Pig Fulham bar

Although related in theme, the new venue – in the former site of Sugar Hut – is a different experience. It shares a retro feel with design details such as cut-glass decanter lights, antique-effect mirrors and a classic-style wooden-top bar with metal surround. However, it has a more sumptuous, brighter feel, with polished surfaces, light blue banquettes, chesterfield sofas and a variety of boldly coloured tub chairs.

The biggest difference is that the Fulham site offers food, with the back half of the space dedicated to dining plus a kitchen at the rear. Head chef is Michael Mannion who ran The Light House in Wimbledon Village, London, and has worked under top chefs including Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White. Open from 8am weekdays and from 11am at weekends, it has a seasonally changing all-day food offering in the dining area plus a menu of gourmet bar food. As well as mains like confit Barbary duck leg with Tenderstem broccoli, sweet potato, pear and fennel relish, it is popular for Sunday roasts ranging from Yorkshire Longhorn rib of beef to slow-cooked Middle White pork belly.

The Lucky Pig Fulham snug

However, one thing it does have in common with the Fitzrovia bar is its cocktails, from classics to original recipes, using homemade syrups and house-infused spirits. Alongside twisted classics, it has a list of Tanqueray Gin cocktails such as the Noodle Juice made with tea-infused gin, cucumber, citrus and soda. The rum-based North End Awakening combines Ron Zacapa with Aperol, passion fruit, raspberry and lime, while the delicious Mexican Barrow Boy mixes Don Julio tequila, Cointreau, passion fruit and lime, topped with Camden Hells lager. Priced around £9 and £10, the regularly updated cocktail list has been created by group general manager Hamish Glenn with the bar’s general manager George Collinsbeare plus Fitzrovia’s GM, Romain Leroy Biesse.

As well as an extensive wine and champagne list, the new bar offers Italian sparkling wine on tap with Vino Vispo Bianco Frizzante. Like Fitzrovia, it is also a place for live music, with a stage and two pianos, hosting jazz, blues and honky tonk, open until midnight seven nights a week. It may not be a speakeasy like the original bar, but The Lucky Pig in Fulham has the same sense of style with a touch of decadence.

The Lucky Pig, 374 North End Road, London SW6 1LY
Tel: 020 7385 1300
www.theluckypig.co.uk

The Lucky Pig Fulham restaurant

Behind the scenes
Design: Keith Tucker, Ashley Wilson of LustedGreen
Interior styling: Georgina Harper
Contractor: Barracuda Construction

The Lucky Pig Fulham - PrivateDining2 (mid-res)

Originally published in the September 2015 print edition of Bar magazine.

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