Urban Leisure Group opens seventh site

Ask For Janice

Leading London bar and restaurant operator Urban Leisure Group has launched its seventh site, called Ask for Janice, in Smithfield.

Opening yesterday, the two-floor restaurant and bar in Long Lane offers a broad selection of wines and spirits, including over 45 London gins, and 50 craft beers.

It will open from 7.30am Monday to Friday, serving food all day from an open plan kitchen. Executive chef James Browne has created a menu of small and large plates as well as sharing platters while there is also a takeaway pastry and sandwich offering for passing trade.

The new venue has a strong focus on artisan coffee from Coleman Coffee Roasters, a small-batch coffee roaster in south-east London.

The 2,100 sq ft site, formerly cocktail bar Kench and Bibsey, comprises a basement bar for 40 covers and a double-fronted ground floor for 75 covers.

The interior is a mix of classroom and industrial décor, reclaimed wood and vintage tiling. A key feature, as with all Urban Leisure Group venues, will be a varied selection of contemporary art including an original Damien Hirst print and a double-wall commission by Kid Acne.

Hezi Yechiel, director of Urban Leisure Group, said: “We are very excited to be joining some amazing operators in this great part of London and hope the locals will appreciate the efforts we make in everything we do.”

Urban Leisure Group’s other sites are Graphic and Central & Co in Soho, The Alice House pubs in Queen’s Park and West Hampstead, The Elgin in Maida Vale and The Gallery in West Hampstead.

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