If you were walking along the Thames or one of canals in Victorian London then you’d see the lightermen, the workers who operated ‘lighters’, flat-bottomed good barges. This isn’t Victorian London however, this is unbelievably 2016. London has changed somewhat since Queen Victoria reigned and the corsets and Oliver Twists of our streets may be gone but you’ll still see a lighterman, well The Lighterman.
That’s because the Open House( sister group to the Cubitt House group) are opening their second venue on the edge of Regent’s canal early this year. Situated in Granary Square and taking up the whole eastern side, the all -day dining restaurant will be split over three floors. Whilst the building is designed by Stanton Williams, the interiors are by Open House and they’ve gone for an industrial, minimalistic look with large open spaces, pared down colours, exposed concrete walls, floor to ceiling walls and a brick façade in keeping with the rest of the square.
Executive Chef, Diego Cardoso who worked with Open House to launch Percy & Founders in Fitzrovia back in spring last year, will be creating an all -day modern British menu with a curated list of wines, cocktails and craft beers to accompany.
At the canal-side bar you’ll find the alfresco terrace overlooking the water, connecting the building with the towpath and inside you’ll find a wood-fired grill. The ground floor features a pizza oven and will serve everything from breakfast to dinner, whilst the top floor will have panoramic views across the square and canal with its own wraparound terrace – this is where you want to go for more formal dinners, long lunches and private events.
It’s set to open this Spring, so keep an eye out for The Lighterman, you’ll be wanting to make the most of that wraparound terrace and canal setting when the sun shines again.
The Lighterman: Opens early 2016, 3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH, www.thelighterman.co.uk