First it was Palomar and The Barbary, two of London’s most sought-after restaurants, then earlier this year Zoë and Layo Paskin launched Jacob the Angel, the hit coffee spot in Seven Dials, and now the brother and sister duo are back with their latest offering.
Before there was Uber there were blue posts. The painted posts in the street acted as a symbol to passers-by that sedan chairs operated from that spot, all you had to do was hail a chair and be carried aloft to your desired destination, which was probably one of the reputable-or-not pubs around Soho. Today the sedan chairs have sadly gone, but there remain a number of pubs in and around Soho called the Blue Posts and one is about to reopen.
The first known reference to The Blue Posts on Rupert Street was in 1739 and since then it’s been plying guests with food and drink on a continuous basis, and 275 years later that just got even better. After a revamp The Blue Posts reopens next week with a warmly lit public house downstairs, continuing the tradition, but upstairs guests will find a richly decorated cocktail lounge called The Mulwray. The Mulwray will be clad in dark velvets, furnished in soft pinks with lashings of Connemara marble and satin brass detailing to boot. Enjoy a selection of spirits and wines while relaxing by the wood burning stove.
Or head to the beer cellar, which has been lowered to create Evelyn’s Table, a single kitchen counter that will act as a perfect place for privately entertaining up to eleven. The informal space will be intimate, with dishes being passed from the range straight to the diners and overseen by Head Chef Nacho Pinilla (also Executive Chef at The Barbary) who will create a daily changing menu for Evelyn’s Table as well as the ground floor pub and upstairs cocktail bar.
And the main attraction, with its high ceilings and large windows letting in plenty of sunshine, will be the return of the traditional pub, brought back to life by architect David Archer of Archer Humphryes. We can’t think of many places we’d rather sip a pint or cocktail than this gem on the edge of Chinatown.
The Blue Posts: Opens 5th December, 28 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DJ www.theblueposts.co.uk