The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 25th January 2011

Harking back to the days of the eponymous postage stamp, this new Fulham restaurant will be taking its culinary style cues from traditional British favourites from Cottage pie, Toad-in-the-hole and Lancashire hotpot to Beef Wellington, Roasted turbot and Braised oxtail. Oh yes, and don’t forget the Bubble and Squeak!

Conceived as a ‘home away from home’, Sunday roasts of the finest Longhorn beef will be a real family affair, with huge sharing dishes of potatoes and vegetables, perfect for family and extended family to enjoy the camaraderie of en masse dining without the hassle of actually cooking! Head chef is Jan Chanter (Jamie Oliver and erstwhile Chelsea institution, Monte’s) and the team behind The Penny Black boasts over 35 years industry experience between them from Atlantic Bar and Grill to Maddox and The Hospital Club.

And with the 1970s firmly back in fashion for Spring/Summer, desserts will champion the 1970s style ‘retro’ favourites such as Arctic roll, Bananas and custard and (posh) Jelly and ice cream sprinkled with hundreds and thousands.

The wine list will be vast, eclectic and global. One of an increasing number of restaurants embracing the benefits of enomatic wine preservation systems, designated drivers will be able to enjoy high end vintages by the glass. Additionally, much like the nightclub fad of personal bottles of spirits for regulars (actually the PB does that too), you can also order in your own private bottles of wine which can be stored for subsequent visits. The only downside is that you’re no longer duty bound to polish off the bottle in one sitting…

An antithesis to the food, the Penny Black’s red, grey and black colour palette will feature thoroughly modern silk screen pop art prints from Simon Claridge. He’s known for his Diamond dust portraits of Seventies’ punk icon Sid Vicious through to supermodel Kate Moss.

Opens February