This September, the oldest surviving warehouses built by the East India Company, will be re-launched by D & D London to create a modern British grill restaurant alongside a cocktail bar, a fish restaurant and a specialist wine shop. The sites, which are being designed by Conran & Partners, will occupy the ground and basement floors of the beautiful Grade II listed Georgian brick warehouse covering over 10,000 square feet in New Street, EC2 close to Bishopsgate in the City.
The warehouse, constructed between 1768 and 1771 by the East India Company, once stored spices, tea, cigars and port and was immortalised in a poem by John Masefield that described it as holding “the wealth of the world and London’s power.” The opening serves to bolster the Square Mile’s growing reputation as one of London’s most exciting emerging districts for eating out.
New Street Grill will, as the name suggests, be a modern take on the British Grill restaurant pitched at hungry Londoners seeking superior steaks and other meat and fish dishes. The restaurant will showcase the best of British produce alongside excellent wines with a list focused on the very best red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the New World. Dishes will include Native Lobster cocktail and main courses will feature Double Rib-Eye on the bone, cooked on the josper grill. Art work from the nearby Hoxton Art Gallery will also be showcased in the stylish “rough-luxe” space.
Fish Market will be a relaxed venue for customers to enjoy a taste of the best of the British seaside. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu will feature classic English dishes such as cockles and whelks with a daily changing ‘fish of the day’ chalked on to blackboards. The seafood bar will offer a selection of platters alongside an extensive selection of English wines. Both Fish Market and New Street Grill will have outdoor seating within the building’s walled courtyard.
Sitting alongside New Street Grill will be the Old Bengal Bar – a chic and atmospheric space dominated by exposed brick work and mirrored walls where guests will be able to sample an extensive choice of cocktails created by the bar’s head mixologist Milos Popovic. Signature drinks will include the Black Velvet and The Courtney Love alongside more familiar cocktails with a twist such as The Martinez and Toby Cecchini’s Cosmopolitan. The Old Bengal Bar will also serve a selection of spirits by the bottle and a comprehensive wine list to enjoy either inside or in The Old Bengal Bar’s secluded terrace.
The New Street Wine Shop will specialise in wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy and the space will be available for wine tastings and dinners. A unique colour spectrum system will ease customers through the process of identifying different styles of wine whilst expert sommeliers, led by the award-winning Nicolas Clerc, will be on hand to give additional information and advice. Guests will be able to sample wines before purchasing using the enomatic wine dispenser.
David Loewi, Managing Director of D&D London commented, “This is an exceptional building with a fascinating history, being the first of the spice warehouses to be built by the East India Company in the City. The Old Bengal Warehouse will be a beautiful venue, but mostly it will be about food and wine. Our hope is to create places that the founders of the East India Company themselves would have enjoyed frequenting.”
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Notes to editors:
D&D stands for Des and David, who led the buyout of Conran Restaurants in September 2006. Since then the restaurant group has gone from strength to strength, opening 10 new restaurants in London, Tokyo and Copenhagen. In addition to The Old Bengal Warehouse, D&D London will launch South Place Hotel in September.
About The Old Bengal Warehouse:
- The Old Bengal Warehouse was built in 1771 by the East India Company to store spices, tea, and other luxury goods brought in by intrepid British mariners. The warehouse facilitated the spread of British influence and the influx of wealth for over two centuries
- After falling prey to the container-shipping revolution of the 70s the warehouse was given a new lease of life as the core building in the Devonshire Square Estate