How do you top opening four hugely successful Spanish restaurants? Open a fifth! Camino Group, responsible for Camino restaurants in Monunent, Bankside, Blackfriars and King’s Cross (not to mention Bar Pepito in King’s Cross), are opening their next venture in Shoreditch and it’s looking like it’ll be fantastic.
Camino was set up by Richard Bigg; inspired by a roadtrip in an old-style Mini through rural Spain he was fired up to bring that traditional Spanish taste back to London. A decade and five restaurants later it’s clearly a vision that has gone down incredibly well with Londoners.
The latest incarnation will channel the Castile y León region of Northern Spain. Using tiled floors, vintage posters, dusty pink walls with reclaimed timber and glass door screens designers B3 Designers (also responsible for Gymkhana, Roka and Lyle’s) ensure that sitting in the intimate booths or on the tan leather loose seating will be like sitting in actual Salamanca.
The same goes for the menu, which has been put together by Camino’s Executive Chef Nacho del Campo. Using the very highest quality Spanish ingredients specially sourced for his menu he has created a variety of new tapas exclusively for the Shoreditch site. Dishes will include grilled red prawn with basque piperrada and saffron aioliand, Ibérico pork ribs marinated in Moscatel, with roasted apple and frisée salad to name a few.
Camino Shoreditch will have 75 covers in the tapas bar and 80 in the restaurant and is set on the ground floor of Principal Place. Overflowing outside a further 40 covers will fill their heated terrace. It’s also something of a homecoming for Camino and for Richard Bigg, as Shoreditch marks the birthplace of his career in the industry with bar Cantaloupe in 1995.
Camino opens in Shoreditch on October 8th
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.