This week, Peyton and Byrne has added to its gallery portfolio with the redesign and relaunch of Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts with the addition of a cocktail bar, restaurant and garden. This is the first time in the House’s history that the space will be accessible to the public.
Oliver Peyton has collaborated with Sir David Chipperfield and Long & Kentish who have designed the Interiors boasting private rooms, a walled garden, a 40-seat restaurant, and a chic cocktail bar.
Chef Ivan Simeoli (formerly of Massimo Bottura in Italy) takes the helm at the restaurant supported by ex-Roganic pastry chef Glyn Gordon. Starters for the autumn menu include Flamed leeks with ewe’s milk and Forge Farm squash and Holicombe venison tartare with rowan berries, parsnip and kale crunch while main courses feature Scottish Borders partridge with hazelnut, black cabbage and crisp pear and Wild Cornish sea bass with razor clams, cannellini and rainbow chard. Desserts are all about the Milk chocolate and liquorice sandwich with green apple or Brown bread mousse with rosehip jelly and toasted caramel.
The Shenkman Bar’s cocktail menu features both classic and modern drinks, many incorporating seasonal and foraged ingredients – typical drinks will be Quince, vodka, ginger and elderflower tea with duck egg white, Greengage with Absinthe, gin, citrus and bitter lemon tonic and Apple and peach brandy with ginger bitters, cream and nutmeg. Bar snacks will include Squid crackling with Cornish crab, and Cured and dried vegetable crisps.
There will also be all-day dining in the Friend’s rooms – the Sir Hugh Casson and Belle Shankman rooms – with salads, terrines and open sandwiches. The rooms will open to non-Friends from 4pm. The Academicians’ Room will be available for private hire.