We get behind the scenes with Anthony Gunson, owner and landlord of The King & Co, a great South London spot hosting a rotating lineup of beers and street food residencies. We find out about the diverse street food offerings…
What was the mission when The King & Co opened?
The mission was simple: to try and become one of the best pubs in South London by providing a more personable service, great beers, spirits and wines and an interesting food offering.
The King & Co hosts various street-food kitchen residencies. Can you tell us about a few of your recent popular street food traders…
All our traders have been successful in their own right but some have just struck a particular chord with our customers. The stand-out trader of the last six months or so has to be Fowl Mouths Food who offered a diverse menu that really resonated with our customers – this led to an incredibly busy few months for us all, as busy as when we first launched with Donostia Social Club in the kitchen. Our Rotli Crew residency was also incredibly popular – people loved their modern-Indian cuisine and Thali Tuesdays, where you were able to sample a bit of everything in one meal.
How do you find and choose the traders?
It’s a mix really. When we were first looking to open we contacted some traders and put out a few tweets – thankfully Paul from Donostia Social Club saw one of these and got in touch with us, becoming our first kitchen resident. Since then it has been a combination of chefs and streetfood traders approaching us, as we are now considered as one of the go-to venues in London for popups, and the vendors that we have already collaborated with recommend other traders who they think would get on well in our space
What do you love about London’s street-food scene?
It’s such a diverse scene. There really is something for everyone. There’s also the entrepeurial spirit that purveys through the scene – people having enough passion for an idea to go out and achieve their goals. It takes a certain kind of person to work for themselves and that is something that I relate to – there’s a huge amount of hard work involved! Aside from that, the quality of the food is outstanding.
What are the perks of a rotating kitchen? Is this the future of pub grub?
The perks are simple – it keeps quality high, keeps it interesting for our regular customers, and helps raise awareness about our offering to people in other parts of London (and beyond!) who may not necessarily have discovered us otherwise. I wouldn’t say that it’s the future of pub grub as there’s always going to be a place for traditional fayre and a classic Sunday roast. It’s great to see so many people who love the regularly-changing kitchen and keep coming back to check out each new popup.
What food and drink events can guests take part in at The King & Co.
We hold all manner of events such as bottomless boozy brunches during the daytime at weekends, a Cask Ale Club every Tuesday, a Bottle Club each Wednesday, and regular tutored tasting evenings matching our current popup chef’s menus with a series of craft beers or wines. Plus we also host a hugely popular pub quiz every Monday night, live acoustic sessions every month and much more!
Your favourite street food #LocalLoves in London?
Unfortunately I don’t get to go and try as much street food as I would like as I am always so busy at the pub! I had a great meal at Sambal Shiok recently. Of course I have to mention Donostia Social Club as one of my favourites too – partly because we opened a restaurant with them at Pop Brixton last Summer (after their hugely successful residency with us at the pub) but mainly because their food is stunning!
Click here to read Part One of our behind the scenes exploring the beer lineups.
The King & Co | 100 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BZ
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