Let’s start Tuesday with a fact, Hām is the Old English word for home. It’s also the name of the new West Hampstead neighbourhood restaurant opening next month by friends Rose Tuckey and David Houten.
Head Chef Matt Osborne, (Toasted, The Ledbury, Terroirs, The Other Naughty Piglets and Salon) will be cooking up a menu that champions produce from small British famers and artisan suppliers, as well as reflecting his Australian background. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, dishes will include crumpets with honeycomb, Westcomb ricotta and pear and Bircher muesli, almonds with Hurdlebrook yoghurt and rhubarb; whilst in the evening you’ll find Norfolk quail, artichoke, kombu and watercress and Dexter beef with black sesame, white soy and turnips. Finish with chocolate crémeux, blood orange sorbet and peppermint of cheese from Mons Cheesemongers and Neal’s Yard Dairy.
Drawing inspiration from Hampstead Heath and Kenwood House, Rory Macpherson of Play Associates, has used the likes of exposed brick walls; powdered sea green leather and velvet banquette seating, curved lines and accents of antique brass to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
You might not be able to afford a home in West Hampstead, but you will have Hām, your other home.
Hām: Opens March 2018, 238 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1LG, www.hamwesthampstead.com