Gordon Ramsay opens bar under new restaurant

union street barA cocktail bar, described as a “local urban living room”, opens today downstairs from Gordon Ramsay Group’s high-profile new restaurant Union Street Café.

Open from early evening until late, Union Street Bar in Borough, south London, will serve creative and classic cocktails taking influence from Mediterranean and Italian flavours. It will reflect the menu of the restaurant upstairs with weekly changing additions, using seasonal ingredients.

The bar is headed by Abdulai Kpekawa, formerly at London bars Experimental Cocktail Club, The Luggage Room, Roux at the Pembury and Sosho Match.

He said: “Borough has such an exciting energy. We wanted to offer our guests something that bit different and add to the great mix that is already well established here. I like using fresh ingredients in cocktails and am looking forward to evolving the drinks as the seasons progress.”

Cocktails include The Duke Meets the Queen, made with rinquinquin peach aperitif, riesling, Nardini Bianco grappa and porter syrup, stirred and then topped with soda.

Another is the Southwark Angel, made with gin, Green Chartreuse, raspberries, cucumber, lemon juice and egg white.

Modern classics include the Mezzo e Mezzo, made with Nardini Rabarbaro rhubarb liqueur and Nardini Rosso aperitif topped with soda.

The interior has been designed by Russell Sage Studios, which takes inspiration from living rooms for a “home-from-home ambiance”, juxtaposed with distressed walls and exposed ducting that are a nod to the area’s industrial past, bringing a raw, urban energy.

It also features coffee tables, laid-back leather sofas and chairs with textured scatter cushions, standard lamps that focus soft lighting on the seating areas, and richly coloured Persian rugs.

Artwork has been commissioned through the nearby Stolenspace Gallery, with pieces celebrating the local community by artists such as Eine, Rawn, D*face, Word to the Mother, David Bray and Cyrcle.

The bar will be accessible directly from the street without going through the restaurant. Union Street Café, which also opens today and is described as “an urban warehouse destination”, specialises in good-quality Mediterranean-inspired food with a daily changing menu, prepared in an open kitchen.

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CGI of Union Street Bar before opening

Updated with new picture on September 17, 2013

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