In a nutshell: New all-day restaurant in a brand new neighbourhood
Summing it all up: Sven-Hanson Britt (ex Ritz and BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and Rematch winner) is overseeing the food at this new restaurant in an all-new community in East London. It's starting as a shop with takeaway food with an all-day restaurant to come.
November is normally one of the biggest months for London restaurant openings - but the lockdown put paid to that. Yet it's still not deterring some restaurants who are going ahead with launches - first for takeaway and then opening fully once restrictions are lifted.
The latest of these is Homestead, opening in London City Island. If you're wondering exactly where that is - it's a new development on the Limmo Peninsula, just across the river from the O2 (apparently dubbed a mini Manhattan). The restaurant is a team-up between Sven-Hanson Britt (An ex Ritz chef who also runs Oxeye, a residency recently seen at Carousel), Tris Hillier (Kanvass Projects) and Scott Ward (JKS Group and Maze). They've put Executive Chef James Durrant (ex-Maze) in charge of the kitchen.
Right now, it's open as a deli and store, serving takeaway options from breakfast to dinner. They also have homemade pasta and a selection of cheese and fish, all sourced ethically from British day boats, high welfare farms and small artisan producers (the close link with producers will be a big thing for Homestead). As for takeaway food, that will include:
- Aubergine Massaman curry
- Cobble Lane chorizo and peppered salami pizza with La Latteria mozzarella
- Chicken Kiev sandwich with raw cabbage and Caesar dressing and Banh Mi
- Crispy roast pork belly, ham and chicken liver terrine, pickles, chilli and coriander.
There's also a mobile bar on-site with Brewdog - so if you live locally, that'll be very handy for takeaway beers - and a coffee shop, florist and bottle shop.
When they open fully, it will be an all-day affair - details of the full menu to follow.
More about Homestead
Where is it? 45 Hope Street, Poplar, London E14 0QL
When does it open? Open now for takeaway, post-lockdown for the restaurant and bar
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