Architectural interior design practice, Design Research Studio – under the creative direction of Tom Dixon – has created Stevie Parle’s new British restaurant, Craft London.
Located at Greenwich Peninsula, Craft London is split across three floors and includes a café, restaurant and rooftop bar.
The ground floor café features a brick-clad wood-burning bread oven surrounded by a hand-made glazed brick countertop and tables, with handmade glazed enamel tops. The café is the perfect place to pick up a pizza, enjoy a Craft London roasted coffee or a Verdant green juice.
The restaurant, meanwhile, is situated on the first floor, provides views of the kitchen and boasts seating areas which are decked out in oversized, sumptuous velvet banquettes, ideal for large groups. A double height blue wall, finished in traditional Moroccan plaster is also a key design highlight within the space.
The restaurant’s food offering is divided up into a set lunch menu, an à la carte menu, a six course selection and a 60 minute menu. Highlights include the likes of ash roasted squash, with goats curd, puffed grains and fried herbs, or Galloway onglet with a bone marrow bread sauce and lovage liquor.
To complete the offering at Craft London, the venue showcases a fantastic rooftop bar which allows guests to take advantage of the site’s uninterrupted views of the Peninsula and Canary Wharf. The rooftop bar includes a large pewter bar, with suspended copper storage contrasts, upholstered leather walls and a carpeted ceiling, tinged with a watercolour inspired motif.
The bar’s cocktail list has been compiled by Adam Wyatt-Jones and comprises a mix of simple, modern and ultimately delicious cocktails. The cocktails use honey, golden syrup and honey in place of white sugar syrup and only use fruit which is in-season.
Cocktails include the Quince Gimlet, the Spurious Barrel, The Cutty Sark, the Lavender Air Mail and the appropriately titled, More Please. Additional drinks on the menu include a selection of beers and wines, including white, red, sparkling and rose. A range of bar snacks is also available, from smoked cods roe, with oat crisp & radishes to cured pepper sausage with English mustard and cauliflower, with carrot & turnip, brine-pickles and salted yoghurt.
Design Research Studio’s key aim for Craft London was to utilise the interior in such a way as to reflect and complement Stevie Parle’s methods of cooking, which is known for its use of British produce, strong ingredients and unique food combinations. Wherever possible materials have been used in an extraordinary way and installed by specialist crafts people and manufacturers. Feature highlights include cork flooring, copper table tops, custom charred timber and a range of lighting including base wall lights, cog pendants and cell wall lights.
Marks Barfield Architects was the building architect on the project, working alongside Design Research Studio as the interior designer.
For further information about Craft London, please visit: www.craft-london.co.uk.
Stevie Parle is a young chef, restaurateur, food writer, TV presenter, journalist and dad. Over the last few years, Stevie has developed a reputation as a culinary adventurer, discovering new ways to use everyday ingredients and adapting ideas from his travels to create simple, easy to follow, exciting new recipes for Dock Kitchen in West London, Rotorino in the East and for home cooks.
Stevie has written weekly for Saturday’s Telegraph for the past four years and contributes regularly to British food magazines. He has written three cookery books: My Kitchen: Real Food from Near and Far, The Dock Kitchen Cook Book and TV tie-in book, Spice Trip.