Japanese-inspired cocktail bar to open at new Atherton restaurant

Turnmill Building

A new Japanese-inspired cocktail bar is set to open in London as part of Jason Atherton’s new restaurant Sosharu.

Located in the basement of the Clerkenwell site, Seven Tales promises to be “reminiscent of the night-time atmosphere of Tokyo”, with drinks inspired by Japanese culture and philosophies.

With 40 covers, it will be headed by bar manager Geoff Robinson, formerly of leading London bars Happiness Forgets and Experimental Cocktail Club.

Cocktails will include Munenori’s Mojito, a twist on a Mojito made with cold-brewed matcha, nigori, Cuban rum, tonka bean and absinthe, and Yugen, containing rose vermouth, citric acid, hibiscus salt and sparkling sake.

Sosharu, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, is due to be opened in March in the Turnmill Building in Clerkenwell Road. It will be the seventh London restaurant from Jason’s The Social Company whose other ventures include City Social and Social Eating House, home to The Blind Pig cocktail bar.

Jason and executive head chef Alex Craciun are to specialise in “casual yet refined” Japanese cuisine using British seasonal ingredients. The menu will comprise small dishes, with sections dedicated to different specialities including temaki, hibachi grill, yaki grill, tempura, sashimi and more.

The bar and the 75-cover restaurant will be designed by Shanghai-based studio Neri & Hu, also responsible for Jason’s Pollen Street Social, with interiors that “play with notions of Japanese domesticity”.

The ground floor will be framed by an abstract timber structure, inspired by traditional minka houses, evoking the intimate experience of sitting in a Japanese home.

In Seven Tales downstairs, guests can experience the more urban side of Japan, where Tokyo’s subculture is reflected through walls plastered with a bespoke wallpaper depicting Japan’s golden age movements in the early 1960s.

The 70,500 sq ft Turnmill Building was completed a year ago, built on the site of legendary club Turnmills. Shortly after Sosharu opens, Prescott & Conran will open its fourth Albion restaurant in the building, specialising in British produce.

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