Launched in November from dynamic brother and sister team, Costas and Maria Constantinou, Old Tom & English is a unique reservations-only restaurant in Soho.
Serving dinner from Monday through to Saturday, Old Tom & English dishes up unpretentious, British food, vintage cocktails and carefully curated wines in a beautifully designed space.
Situated on Wardour Street, guests enter Old Tom & English via a heavy slatted wooden door. Once inside, the venue has room to seat 75 guests, with personal bar space.
Five arched cloisters provide additional privacy for larger parties of eight to ten, all of which are named after infamous ladies of the night. One of the cloisters features a low cocktail cabinet, which provides guests with access to the main bar.
Old Tom & English – which takes its name from the 18th Century British Old Tom gin recipe – serves up a tempting menu which includes old favourites such as battered fish and chips, Welsh Rarebit and Jam Roly Poly. Meanwhile, innovative dishes include crispy cider braised pig cheeks with apple and fennel sauce; Cornish scallops buerre blanc with crispy black pudding; and deep fried popcorn cockles.
Speaking about Old Tom & English, Co-Owner of Old Tom & English, Maria Constantinou, said:
“Old Tom & English is all about a complete experience, celebrating British food, vintage cocktails and British design delivered in a modern way. It’s Old Soho meets New Soho.”
Old Tom & English is housed within a basement site and boasts intimate dining nooks, low lighting and plush soft furnishings. The venue has a warm and contemporary atmosphere with the interior design very reflective of a relaxed 1960s dwelling.
Old Tom & English was designed by Lee Broom, one of the UK’s leading product and interior designers. In his career, Broom has launched numerous furniture and lighting collections, designed over 40 retail, restaurant and bar interiors – including the successful cocktail bar Nightjar – and has won more than 20 awards.
“We are so pleased to have another opportunity to work with Lee again. In fact he was very much one of the factors from the onset when planning this venue – we hoped he’d be available to take on our new venture. Lee doesn’t only deliver elegant, clever and beautiful designs but he understands the complications of this well-loved but tricky business. He embraces a project wholly, from the people involved to the venue’s local history, and continues to be part of it well after the design has been completed.”
With Old Tom & English, Broom has used traditional materials, including oak and marble to create a bar, a post-modern fire place and striking vertical panelling throughout. A simple, grey colour palette – accentuated with flashes of brass – has been used on the walls, accessories and the upholstery, whilst the venue’s red carpet adds a vibrant dash of colour.
Commenting on Old Tom & English, Lee Broom, said:
“I have designed a complete venue concept for Old Tom & English, combining all aspects including the interior, branding and elements of the service concept. I thought about the kind of personal service I like to receive in a venue and the theatre of creating drinks in front of you or presenting the food in a way, which considers its interior, like you would at home.
“The design has been created around those elements and much like the service informs the design, the design of the interior influences the service. For example, marble features throughout the venue in the lighting, the furniture and right through to the barware and tableware we have created. It is a dream project for a designer and is a real gem for Soho.”
Old Tom & English is open 5:30pm until 11:30pm. For more information about Old Tom & English, please visit: www.oldtomandenglish.com.
Triangle Property Services
Triangle Property Services specialise in undertaking construction projects across the hospitality sector for a variety of high profile private clients. The firm have been in operation for 14 years working alongside clients, architects and designers to meet the client’s specifications.
We caught up with the one of the firm’s partner, Evis Poulakas, to find out more about Triangle’s involvement with the Old Tom & English. Evis commented:
“We acted as the main contractor for the Old Tom & English project meeting the demands of the designer and dealing with the installation of the bar. It was important to be involved with this project as we enjoyed working with the designer; it was a high spec job which was great to be involved with.
“We pride ourselves on meeting the client’s specifications and providing a quality service.”