Jason Atherton to open new bar for wine and British tapas


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Chef Jason Atherton and a team from his group of London restaurants and bars are developing a new venture specialising in fine wines and British tapas-style food.

The Social Company will open the 70-cover Social Wine & Tapas in James Street in the Marylebone area of London’s West End in June, incorporating a wine shop. It will be the sixth London site for the business which also includes Social Eating House and cocktail bar The Blind Pig in Soho (pictured).

The new venue will be headed by Laure Patry, who has worked with Jason Atherton for over 10 years and has been an instrumental part of all the restaurants opened by The Social Company.

She aims to create a “dynamic” wine offering with an accessible list of wines from around the world as well as championing small growers. Prestigious vintages and fine wines will be available through the use of the Coravin preservation system.

All serving staff will be sommeliers so that Social Wine & Tapas can offer each customer a personal and informed experience when ordering both food and wine.

The food menu is being developed by Jason Atherton with the new venue’s head chef Frankie Van Loo who was formerly at Social Eating House.

It will feature modern tapas-style dishes, made with high-quality British produce and reflecting London’s vibrant food and drink scene. There will also be a seasonally changing selection of cheeses and charcuterie served via the basement kitchen counter.

Set over two floors, the ground floor will house the wine shop and tapas bar which will have an open kitchen with a dining counter, banquet seating for up to nine people, and an elevated wine tasting table for 10.

A narrow staircase will lead to the basement wine bar, with additional seating, a second tasting area, a corner bar and a preparation kitchen counter.

Jason is working closely with award-winning designers Russell Sage Studios to create an “urban and contemporary” interior with metallic finishes throughout. The walls will be adorned with copper artwork, and an industrial chandelier will be a focal point at the entrance to Social Wine & Tapas.

On the ground floor, tables will be-polished wood, with chairs and banquette seating in green polished leather. In the basement, tables will be timber alongside chairs upholstered in red leather. Lighting downstairs will create a glimmering room by night, with bespoke wall lights made from an original 1920s theatre chandelier.

The Social Wine Shop on the ground floor will have trained sommeliers on hand at all times to offer tastings and guide shoppers. As well as wine, the shop will also stock glassware, Coravin wine systems and wine accessories.

Social Wine & Tapas will be open seven days a week, from midday to late and will operate a no-reservations policy. The wine shop will open at 10am.

The Social Company’s other restaurants include City Social, Pollen Street Social, Berners Tavern and Little Social. Other upcoming projects include Japanese restaurant Sosharu in Clerkenwell. It is also working on ventures overseas in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai and New York City.

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