The Handbook
The Handbook

This week saw the launch of Boyds Grill & Wine Bar on Northumberland Avenue, a restaurant that is turning the phrase on its head and aiming to be the master of all trades rather than the Jack. 

Realising that sometimes we want to be able to rely on a restaurant for whatever we’re in the mood for – pre/post theatre, a long, lazy lunch or just something to accompany Friday night drinks, Charles Boyds has created a restaurant that does just that, serving up British produce and global wines to suit everyone’s mood.

The contemporary space gives way to a marble-clad, historic, Victorian interior with double height ceilings and the new layout means that wherever you want to sit the same menu will be offered. So you can pull up a pew at the new Kitchen Bar, sink into the sofas in the Lounge, take a seat at the white-clothed tables in the Dining Room or drink a glass or two of wine at the striking Central Bar and be able to eat the same menu; no hierarchy here. 

Executive Chef, Nate Brewster will use international cooking techniques to prepare the British artisanal produced – small plates will include Sipsmith cured salmon, buttermilk sorbet and daikon, whilst hot plates include fish and seafood goujons, rib-eye and bone marro faggot with buttery mash and Bordelaise sauce and seven-hour braised lamb leg with Tandoori spice, carrot and citrus puree. Cured and potted meats will appear on the menu alongside the likes of White Lake cheese.

Curated by Babanini the wine list features a selection of both Old and New Worlds and thanks to a ‘By the Glass’ machine, all the wines can be enjoyed by the glass. There goes your excuse for having to have the whole bottle… 

Boyds Grill & Wine Bar: Now Open, 8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY, www.boydsgrillandwinebar.co.uk