Ex Mayfields chef and Spring sommelier are opening Ellory bistro in Netil House


12/11 Updated with opening date

More info has come through - we now know...

  • It'll seat 48 and open on 20 November
  • There will be the option to drop in for single plates or a five course tasting menu (£38)
  • Dishes include:
    • Scallops, citrus and anise; Puntarelle, anchovies and spenwood
    • Turbot, chestnuts and pumpkin
    • Chicken, chicory and carrot
    • Caramelised citrus with ginger ice cream.
  • Booking is now open here

Original story follows:

London Fields has a rather exciting new bistro on the way. Ellory will be on the ground floor of Netil House and will be a 48-seater restaurant with separate bar. It's a joint venture by chef Matthew Young (ex-Mayfields) and sommelier Jack Lewens (ex- Spring and River Cafe).

Hot Dinners caught up with the pair to quiz them about the new opening:

How did the two of you decide to open a restaurant together?

Matthew: "When Mayfields closed I took some time off but had already made the decision that I wanted to work for myself in the future and was looking for a small project for myself to work on, I found the Netil House location pretty early on in that search and it fitted the requirements I was looking for. Jack and I had kept in touch after working together for the London Wine Sessions where we paired up for a food and wine matching event 6 months previously. We were at similar points in our career where we felt we wanted to do something more personal that would give us more freedom. Knowing I didn't want to take the full responsibility of the restaurant just for myself our relationship for the project was born and Jack’s experience and passion for front of house and wine made him an obvious choice to work with."

What sort of place will Ellory be?

"An informal, convivial modern bistro focusing on the highest quality food and wine. We intend to create a passionate and creative working environment, which will lend itself to a positive, friendly atmosphere.

"Ellory will be a continuation of thoughts developed from my menus at Mayfields. Simple and playful cookery with top quality produce sourced mainly from Britain and Europe. The menu will be a list format, which will be served as it comes so you can drop in for glass and a plate but we’ll also offer a fixed menu for those who want a full dining experience."

What are your intentions for the wine list?

Jack: "The list will be made up from about 50 wines and constantly evolving. Italy, France and Spain will dominate. I have close relationships with many of the wines producers that we’ll be working with. I’ll be matching wines on an ad-hoc basis with the menu so we can move throughout the wine list opening one thing today and another tomorrow as the food menu evolves. We’ll be working with at least 12 wine suppliers so the list will have plenty of identity."

Ellory opens mid November 2015 at Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL. Opening hours at first will be Tues-Fri 6.30-10.30pm and Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm and open for drinks in-between. They have plans to open daily for lunch in due course. Find out more from them on Twitter @ellorylondon