Neighbourhood bistro Salt & Honey has been on the restaurant scene since August 2015. Sister to Fulham’s Manuka Kitchen, Salt & Honey resides in north London on Sussex place, just north of Hyde Park between Lancaster Gate and Paddington. The location itself isn’t one that I’d readily associate with fine dining, rather gated classical-style mansions and wealthy, exclusive individuals. Here is a place where life goes on behind closed doors, not out in the open community, leaving much to be said about any real sense of a neighbourhood at all.
That doesn’t stop Salt & Honey creating their own neighbourhood vibe. With a homely feel, the intimate bistro is brimming with charm and warmth. Owned by chef Tyler Martin and connoisseur of wine, Joseph Antippa, Salt & Honey is true to its name, with flavour key to the dining experience. As the friendly waiter explained, the Antipodean-inspired menu created by New Zealander Martin himself, uses local produce, along with meat sourced from Scotland’s Buccleuch estate and Earl Stoneham Farm in Ipswich. Here is a place where taste is the key ingredient - from selecting the finest produce to seasoning with sea salt and manuka honey throughout, the devil really is in the detail.
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London is no stranger to the speakeasy-inspired bar. The concept may have been around for a while, but the trend certainly shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. The latest new kid on the block resides in Soho, and you didn’t hear it from me.
Set in 1940s post-war London, Cahoots is both literally and metaphorically underground. Located in the old Kingly Court air raid shelter, this new London gem is brainchild of Inception Group, so of course it comes complete with a story: scoundrels have happened upon the old station and taken it as their drinking den.
This narrative runs throughout your entire experience of the bar, and provides a theme so very consistent that it infiltrates absolutely everything.
This is exactly why Cahoots is like no other...