Next month chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton will launch the all-day Berners Tavern, in Ian Schrager’s new The London EDITION Hotel, on Berners Street in Fitzrovia. The restaurant will be accessible via a separate entrance and will seat 140 covers.
Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen creating a contemporary British menu. In partnership with Marriot International, The London EDITION opening marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in fifteen years. Says Atherton: “I’m really excited to be working with Ian Schrager and Marriott. The menu will be simple yet elegant, using the best of British ingredients and change of seasons.”
In keeping with the design of the hotel the menu is inspired by the traditions of Great Britain and will feature the very best produce that the British Isles has to offer. Sample dishes include Orkney scallop Carpaccio served with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime; Chargrilled quail served with Alsace bacon, smoked tomato jam, shallot and parsley; and Grass fed Baccleuch estate cuts of beef cooked on a charcoal grill.
Berners Tavern will celebrate traditional and iconic British dishes, such as fish Friday’s with weekly specials, as well as Sunday roasts with fine cuts of Red Ruby beef from the heart of Devon served with all the trimmings.
Interiors are inspired by the muted tones of Vermeer paintings and those of American artist Donald Judd – think taupe coloured walls and dusty rose chairs. Café seating at the front takes the shape of tub chairs while banquettes covered in chestnut mohair and bleached oak tables define the central dining area. Two large custom bronze chandeliers, inspired by NYC’s Grand Central Station hang from above and there’s also a zinc topped bar with an illuminated, amber-backed display. Upstairs is a private dining room seating up to 14 with its long dark walnut table sitting beneath an original skylight.