If you’ve been near Tower 42 this week then you might have seen that The Social Company have opened a new restaurant and bar; Temple and Sons. It’s the second partnership for Jason Atherton and Restaurant Associates and offers a more casual approach to its sister restaurant, City Social.
So, let’s start with the name, ready for a bit of a history lesson? Palmerston House used to stand on the site of Tower 42, it was named after British statesmen Henry John Temple, Third Viscount of Palmerston, who was also the Prime Minister twice during the mid-nineteenth century. So, they’ve named the restaurant after him.
Right, next up, on the ground floor you’ll find a 33-cover deli which is inspired by a traditional British grocery store. Executive Chef Paul Walsh (who also heads up the kitchen at City Social) has created a British menu. Snacks and sandwiches include game sausage roll, creamy mash and HP sauce, British cured meats from Cannon & Cannon and Old Spot spiced pork belly sandwiches on brioche with spicy slaw and butter lettuce.
Come the evening the deli will transform into a cocktail bar serving up carbonated cocktails canned on site, you’ll find some served in card milk cartons and some in cans, as a nod to the classic grocery store. You’ve got the likes of the Strawberry Can Can made from Monkey Shoulder whisky, Chamberyzette strawberry wine, Chambord and Campari and the Yellow Paint, a mix of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Colman’s mustard, elderflower and lemon. They’ll also be serving The Social Company’s own signature bottled English lager, The Subtle Fox for the first time.
Upstairs you’ll find a 66-cover grill restaurant which operates from a custom-built grill which uses varying types of wood, charcoal and hay. Many of the dishes are designed for sharing with grilled fish and meat served whole or in large cuts. Dishes include wood-fired pork chops with collar and crackling with sage and pine nut crumb; Maldon oysters Rockefeller, baby fennel and confit lemon salad, tartar sauce and crispy potatoes and gingerbread, poached rhubarb and crystallised ginger for pudding.
Russell Sage Studio are the team behind the look which evokes a Victorian grocery. Timber shelves will be stacked with goods and a palette of rich, caramel tones with flashes of orange and teal will be joined by timber panelling embellished with antique brogue detailing and brass ironmongery. A custom-made light feature will be suspended over the staircase between the two floors.
Temple and Sons is open now at Tower 42, International Financial Centre, 22 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ