The Handbook
The Handbook

Breaking away from the norm, there will actually be a restaurant opening in Victoria this year which isn’t in NOVA. Lorne Restaurant is opening next month, a modern British menu where wine and food are both equal – not surprising given it’s the work of a sommelier and a chef.

Having met at The Square, sommelier Katie Exton (The River Café, Chez Bruce and The Square) and chef Peter Hall, (The Square, Brawn and San Francisco’s Benu) are coming together to create a restaurant which is all about good food and wine, without any pretentiousness or snobbery. There’ll be a big focus on seasonality and the produce – they’ll be working with the likes of HG Walters Butchers and Androuet cheese-mongers to source their ingredients.

Expect to find dishes such as quail, butternut squash, barley and mountain yam; short rib beef with onions, pears and cavolo nero; mackerel, pickled cucumber, ratte potatoes and nasturtium and for pudding chocolate crémeux with salted caramel and peanuts or Yorkshire curd tart with builders’ tea ice cream.  The succinct wine list will change regularly and will focus on wines from around the world and will join a seasonally changing cocktail list, London brewed bottled beers, Monmouth Coffee and teas from Rare Tea Company.

Taking inspiration from Australia, Justin Gilbert of Coriander Buildings has designed a restaurant that has a light, botanical feel to it. Think calm, washed-out colours of the Great Ocean Road, marble topped bars, wooden tables and banquette seating. It’s the sort of place that Katie and Peter would want to go to on their days off…

Lorne Restaurant: Opens March 2017, 76 Wilton Road Victoria, SW1V IDE,