Gold, a new modern European neighbourhood restaurant and late night bar, has opened in the heart of Notting Hill, London.
Housed on the site of the renowned Portobello Gold public house, the new venue is inspired by the area’s cultural mix of artists, designers and musicians.
The modern bohemian interiors, from local architect and design duo Felix and Valerie von Bechtolsheim, draw on Portobello’s once-thriving industrial past to create a restaurant and bar that is “both informal and open”.
Guests are greeted on the ground floor by a bar and open-kitchen area, leading out into a garden room, featuring a retractable roof and lush green plants. The first floor offers a further lounge and dining area while the second floor is taken up by a private party room.
Spearheaded by head chef Theo Hill, the restaurant serves a menu focussing on produce-led sharing plates and minimal-process cooking in wood ovens or over open flame.
Signature dishes come in the form of chickpea flat bread with speck, marinated greens and burrata stracciatella, and braised rabbit leg tortellini and porcini butter.
Gold’s cocktail offering has been curated by Weapons and Toys, from industry stalwarts Matt Whiley and Rich Woods of Hackney’s acclaimed Scout. Like the food and wine menus, it centres around simplicity, seasonality and minimal intervention.
Open nightly until late, drinks include the Baklava Fizz, made with Don Julio Tequila, fig shrub, London honey, almond milk and soda, and Market Stall Sprit, a mix of raspberry-infused Hennessey Brandy, Crème de Cacao, sweet tomato shrub, rosé and soda.
Acknowledging Notting Hill’s long and illustrious reputation as a haven for artists such as David Hockney and Lucien Freud, internationally renowned Portuguese artist Vhils has been commissioned to create a series of show-stopping works, including one across the exterior of the building.
The pavement-to-roof assignment is the first time that the artist has made a work – in situ – in London.