So this weather isn’t exactly ideal is it? The Indian summer has definitely disappeared as quickly as arrived. It’s the sort of weather that makes us want to stay inside with a big bowl of comfort food. Well it seems like our food prayers have been answered because tomorrow sees the opening of The Bowler.
Setting up shop on Monmouth Street, The Bowler is a meatball shop run by Jez Felwick, the guy behind who sells meatballs at festivals from his van The Lawn Ranger and owners of Polpo, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty – you could call them meatball connoisseurs and their motto is ‘Good food well rounded’. They’ll be starting the morning off with coffee, pastries, Smokin’ Bacon Balls and baked rosti and beans. Come 11am the all-day menu will be served until late. Meatballs will be served in handmade pittas, they’re known as the ‘PitBall’ see what they did there? Clever. Or you can get them on top of salads or alongside steamed, long grain and wild rice in the Ball Box.
Meatballs will include beef chuck, chorizo and cheddar, lamb and feta kofta, green chilli chicken, vegetarians will have the balafal and the Curve Ball will be a monthly spin on the classics such as sesame salmon or panko prawn. Sides will include houmous and pitta, homemade slaw and Bowler salads.
To wash it down will be craft beers from suppliers that Felwick met on the street food scene including, Beavertown, The Wild Beer Company and Polish Beer, Cawston Press Juices and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.
The interior will be made using reclaimed and reused materials including the bar being made from reclaimed kiln planks and encaustic tiled floor. Sash windows will flood the interior with natural light, outside you’ll find further wooden benches and tables, for when the weather isn’t quite as miserable. They’ll also be a hatch, The Fast Bowler, serving lunch to takeaway for when you manage to escape the office.
The Bowler: Opens 7th October, 1 Monmouth Street, WC2H 6DA, www.thebowler.info