Ever heard of a ‘Department Store of Dining’? Neither had we. That is until we were invited to take a look around London’s newest, decadent offering – The Kitty Hawk.
What to Expect
Based in the City, The Kitty Hawk features five bespoke dining experiences under one roof: there are two bars, an all-day dining counter, an open grill restaurant, a separate coffee bar and deli shop, and a private dining room.
Managed by Wright & Bell – inspired by the Wright Brothers, who dared to dream and taught the world to fly, and inventor and communicator, Sir Alexander Graham Bell – The Kitty Hawk is part of a new collection of bars and restaurants opening across London’s City and West End. Founders of ‘The Department Store of Dining’, they champion the casual, mixed dining format.
What to Eat
Everyone’s favourite frozen dessert, provided by aptly named local providers The Ice Cream Union, is a must-have at The Kitty Hawk. Made down the road in Bermondsey, it’s reminiscent of the Italian gelato.
Every flavour showcases top ingredients – whether you opt for the Lemon Pie, Pistachio, or more adventurous Cornflake. The caramel in their Dulche de Leche is made on site; and keep your eye out for one of their special Christmas flavours if you’re shopping on Ocado.
What to Drink
Whatever your tipple, The Kitty Hawk has it all. Mixologists are on hand to advise on cocktails, local beer is available at the bar, and wines have been sourced from across the globe.
If you’re feeling daring, sample one of their Seven Deadly Gins, all served as doubles with Fever Tree premium tonic, including Dutch Courage (pride), New York’s Glorious Gin (envy), as well as London’s very own Fifty Pounds Gin (greed). There’s also a vodka that can’t be found anywhere else in London…
For too long, we’ve been restricted to ordering wine by the glass, carafe or bottle; now The Kitty Hawk is offering wine by the barrel. Yes, you heard us right! Individual three-litre barrels from the award-winning Château Puech-Haut in Saint-Drézéry are available for a small investment of £110, and served tableside in bespoke wine carriers.
The Kitty Hawk prides itself on local, fresh, high-quality ingredients and produce. The steak restaurant is a prime example: The Kitty Hawk’s larder trimmed steaks are sourced from award-winning West Country family business, Alec Jarrett. You can choose from a range of cuts, including the lesser known Tommahawk, which is designed to share.
If you don’t have time for a sit down meal, why not drop by the deli for breakfast, lunch or a coffee? Open 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, you can find coffee, salads, soups and pastries, with cakes and pastries baked fresh each morning by their classically trained pastry chef.
The Kitty Hawk | 11, 13, 14 South Place, London EC2M 7EB | Open from 21 November
Photography: top and fourth image, Claire Menary Photography