Social Eating House
Jason Atherton is slowly taking over the London restaurant scene. In 2012 his Pollen Street Social was the most talked about and sought-after table in London. In 2013 his Little Social and now the Social Eating House is generating the same level of buzz and plaudits. Why? Well he does what a good restaurateur should do. A simple (but complex behind the scenes) menu of locally-sourced food (there’s a mileage from supplier to restaurant for each of the key ingredients on the back of the menu) in a stylish, but not stylised, interior with knowledgeable and attentive service. The mod Brit menu starts with small sharing jars of mackerel tartare and spiced aubergine, the starters are innovative from the Duck ‘smoked ham, eggs and chips’ – which is both innovative and delicious to wild mushrooms on toast. The main courses – three meat, three fish and one vegetarian – are excellent, the pork beautifully moist and wonderfully prepared.
The New York-style decor – brick walls, subdued lighting, heavy curtain by the door – is continued with counter seating for stragglers off the street. Upstairs is a bar serving unusual but well made cocktails and small plates and jars to share. At weekends it is jostling room only, but on school nights it is still accessible. The ‘can do’ service completes the NYC feel – and they will try and squeeze you in, even if you don’t have a reservation.