World renowned chef Mark Hix has unveiled his latest venue located just a stone’s throw away from Tate Modern.
Hixter Bankside and Mark’s Bar are situated on Great Guildford Street, Bankside and were unveiled in July 2014 year following a £2 million renovation project.
Tekne Shopfitting Limited acted as the main contractor during the four month project alongside architects Stiff & Trevillion. The onsite team has transformed what used to be a Victorian tin box printing factory into an elegant ground floor restaurant and basement cocktail bar.
Strip out works began on the Grade II Listed building in March this year and included the removal of all redundant electrical services, as well adaptations to the venue’s existing electrics and mechanical services. The ground floor of Hixter now comprises an impressive glass-fronted kitchen, two luxurious private dining rooms with space for up to 140 guests. The venue provides the perfect setting to sample Mark Hix’s newest mouth-watering menu.
Diners frequenting Hixter Bankside have the choice of two menus including the A La Carte and Lunch Menu all of which boast a plethora of gorgeous chicken and steak dishes. On offer across both menus are the delicious Glenarm Mighty Marbled Steaks, all of which are served alongside sumptuous chips and béarnaise sauce. All of the restaurant’s beef is aged in a Himalayan salt chamber and is sourced from Shorthorn, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus breeds.
For those more in the mood for poultry, Chicken Roast barn-reared Indian Rock chicken with stuffing and chips; Half a chicken for one; Griddled spring chicken piri piri; as well as Chicken salad with Sillfield Farm bacon and summer vegetables are available.
If a big meal isn’t what you’re after, Hixter Bankside offers an array of snacks including Chilled red pepper shooters, Porthilly rock oysters with spicy Sillfield Farm sausages, Yorkshire pudding with whipped chicken livers, Cock ‘n’ bull croquettes, as well as the aptly name Beer Stix.
Mark’s cocktail bar is situated below Hixter and provides diners with the ideal selection of pre-or-post dinner aperitifs. Alternatively for those simply looking for a place to sample the best in hand-crafted cocktails then Mark’s is the place for you! The hip cocktail bar champions new and established drinks producers, as well as boasting an extensive list of handcrafted cocktails.
Skilled mixologists at Mark’s are on hand to serve guests an array of cocktails mixed from a plethora of different sprits, as well providing a selection of beers, ciders, perrys, champagne, wine and non alcoholic drinks. Whiskey based cocktails include Artists Special, Cambridge Claret Cup, Scotch Egg Flip and those looking for some Hanky Panky are sure to head to the Gin based cocktails. Here you will also find the red Snapper, Golden Eagle and the Pegu Club. Rum based mixes include the Zombie, Celebration and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Mark’s gives a nod to the building’s past containing a sunken bar circling the old metal cooling pool. The bar is also playfully adorned with salvaged cinema-style seating and an art installation by Helen Chadwick that replicates a London underground tube carriage.
Reclaimed materials have been used throughout both spaces whenever possible including fluted concrete columns, slate tiles and flooring as well as glazed metalwork screens. Mark is renowned for his relationships with British artists and his support of new talent at all of his restaurants. Bankside follows the same art-inspired theme boasting an eye-catching neon sign designed by Tracy Emin at the front of the venue. Mat Collishaw, Gary Webb, Henry Hudson, Rob and Nicky Carter, Pauline Amos, Tim Noble, Sue Webster, Eva Manz, Peter Newman, Gar Fox, Gavin Turk and Tom Oliver also have works featuring in Hixter.
Clare Hentrich from Tekne Shopfitting Ltd said:
“The project has progressed extremely well with a great team spirit between the client’s team and the main contractor’s team. It has been a great environment to work in. It is very important for us to work on this project as Mark Hix is a highly valued client; he takes an active part in all his projects and it is a pleasure to work with him and all of his team!
“We wish Hixter Bankside and all the team there every success.”
Tekne were ideally placed as the main contractor in this project as they have built up an impressive portfolio of clients since their inception 40 years ago. The firm offers a Total Interior Fit-out service which includes surveying, setting out, joinery manufacture and a finishes department. Throughout every project the Tekne team works closely with the architect and designer, offering advice on materials and design, as well as providing samples for approval. The team follows through with the production process to ensure design intent and quality maintained to the very end.
The firm are extremely diverse having undertaken a wide spectrum of projects including restaurants, hotels, bowling and family entertainment centres, private yachts, ocean liners, private residences but to name a few.
Project architects Stiff+Trevillion are also well versed in commercial developments and so were able to provide a high quality service for the clients. Stiff+Trevillion is a London based architectural practice who are well known for the high quality of their buildings and interiors across numerous sectors such as leisure, residential, private houses, exhibitions and education.
A selection of their projects within the restaurant industry include Wagamama, Pizza Express, Giraffe, Otto, Satsuma, St Alban, City Rhodes and EAT at The Strand. The firm pride themselves on gaining repeat business from trusted clients and over the years have completed a number of Jamie’s Italian venues, Villandry’s and Zizzi restaurants.