Artist Damien Hirst and celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix have opened Pharmacy 2 at Newport Street Gallery.
Opening on 23rd February 2016, the restaurant is a follow up from Pharmacy, which opened in 1998 but unfortunately closed in 2003. Located on Newport Street, London, Pharmacy 2 will serve classic British and European food, catering for visitors to the exhibitions at Newport Street Gallery throughout the day, and evening diners when the gallery is closed.
Speaking about the new venture, Damien Hirst said: “Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions; art and food. I’ve always loved Mark as a chef and his approach to food, so it’s great that we’re working together on this.”
Chef Mark Hix added: “Damien and I have been friends for many years, sharing a love of food and art. Damien designed a formaldehyde ‘Cock and Bull’ for my restaurant Tramshed, so it makes sense for me to exchange my skills by creating the menus at Pharmacy 2.”
The restaurants quirky design includes pill-shaped seats and a pharmacy themed décor. It exhibits site-specific work from a number of Hirst’s most iconic series, including the Medicine Cabinets and butterfly Kaleidoscope paintings. It also features etched glass windows depicting DNA strands, marble inlayed flooring and a bar that incorporates a stainless steel and glass vitrine. Individually crafted pill designs are embedded into the marble floor as well as embroidered onto the leather banquettes.
The menus at Pharmacy 2 reflect Hix and Hirst’s shared passion for quality food made from fresh ingredients.
Highlights include: Brick a l’oeuf de carnard with harissa; Shaved winter squash with treviso and Graceburn cheese; Crispy squid with green chilli, garlic and almonds; Mark’s interpretation of the traditional German dish, ‘Heaven and Earth’; Reg Johnson’s duck curry with basmati rice; Soft white polenta with a Burford Brown egg yolk and shaved Wiltshire truffles; Pineapple upside-down cake; and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with saffron ice cream.
The restaurant will also serve light breakfast during the week, brunch at weekends, and roasts on Sundays. Prices on the all day menu start from £7.95 for sandwiches, starters from £5.95, mains from £13.50, and pudding from £4.
The restaurant has a carefully selected wine list, with prices starting at £19.75 per bottle, with 15 wines available by the glass (from £4). Champagne is from £54 (£9 glass). A selection of cocktails are also available, including the Fizz-Ness, Dorset Donkey and the famous Hix Fix priced at £13.50, as well as non alcoholic cocktails such as the Shirley Temple and Luscombe soft drinks.
Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst’s long-term ambition to share his art collection with the public. Entry to the gallery, which is currently showing an exhibition of work by the British abstract painter John Hoyland (1934–2011), is free. While the gallery itself will continue to host exhibitions of other artists’ work, Pharmacy 2 gives visitors the opportunity to view some of Hirst’s own art, which here reflects his interest in science, through medicine and pharmaceuticals.
Pharmacy 2 will be open from 10am to 12 midnight, Tuesday to Saturday (with the gallery
closing at 6pm) and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. Reservations can be made at www.pharmacyrestaurant.com or by calling 0203 141 9333.