In amongst all the superluxe hotels, the restaurants, the constantly new pop-ups and the slick bars, it seems as if pubs get a little lost amongst them and yet pubs have been an intrinsic part of London’s culture and history since the 17th century, back then there were more pubs in London than you can swing a stick at.
Whilst pubs might be closing more than we’d like, a saviour is coming in the form of The Hour Glass, opening this month in South Kensington.
First of all and most importantly this is not a gastropub – nope none of this twee, let’s play at pubs, this is a proper, old-fashioned, returning to former glory pub. Run by Luke Mackay and David Turcan the team behind the wonderfully successful Brompton Food Market, they’ve got a live in land-lord Henry Gravells and Tim Parsons in the kitchen who will be keeping to Luke and David’s mantra of ‘the best tasting ingredients left alone.’
Produce will be coming from the artisan producers who supply the Brompton Food Market and will include dishes such as flat iron steak with dripping chips and bone marrow gravy and a chocolate porter cake with milk ice-cream and honey comb.
Patrick Thomas Designs are in charge of the interior, they’ve uncovered original features, hand-picked light fittings, used wood panelling from local churches and there is even a giant hour glass sculpture in the centre. Upstairs is an intimate 28-cover dining room with an open – pass kitchen.
It doesn’t matter if it isn’t your local, we have a feeling you’ll be here a lot this autumn.
The Hour Glass: Opens 22nd September. 279-283 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2DY, more information here