Located next to London’s bustling and energetic Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s officially opened at the beginning of May aimed at bringing a contemporary and stylish touch to the area. A 51-seater restaurant, Arthur Hooper’s combines small plates inspired by the continent, high quality wines and an innovative interior décor.
Victorian Arthur Hooper was a charming fruit salesman, who once occupied 8 Stoney Street. Recently derelict, the building’s historical ties to food and the local community have been lovingly restored.
The 51-seater restaurant offers guests a modern European menu, designed by Chef Lale Oztek. Lale’s selection of small plates are inspired by fresh nutritious ingredients and flavours, sourced from local market suppliers including Neal’s Yard, Cannon & Cannon and Bread Ahead.
Dishes include mussels with nduja and turnip tops, burrata, samphire and almond salad, and pork and fennel ragu fettuccine. Guests will also enjoy daily seasonal specials, created through using the best available produce. Chef Lale Oztek commented:
“I’m excited to bring my love and enthusiasm for food to such an iconic and historic destination. We’ll work hard to ensure that our customers feel welcomed, whilst enjoying delicious dishes from around Britain and Europe, in a relaxed and friendly environment.”
Since being trained at Le Cordon Bleu London, Lale has worked in prestigious restaurants and culinary environments. These include the JW Marriott Ankara, London’s Bernardi’s and Zucca – voted the best Italian restaurant in the 2015 National Restaurant Awards.
To accompany Chef Lale’s menu, Liberty Wines have helped to curate a signature wine list featuring over 50 wines including vintage specials. General Manager of Arthur Hooper’s Sergio Aboy said:
“There will be plenty of wines available to try by the glass, infusing the spirit of the area’s tradition that allows visitors to easily sample new delicacies. Arthur Hooper’s is the perfect space to relax and unwind in.”
The interior of Arthur Hooper’s has been designed by local fashion label Buster + Punch who have taken a great deal of inspiration from Borough Market itself. Massimo Buster Minale, Buster + Punch Founder and Creative Director, spoke to Premier Hospitality about the restaurant’s design:
“The original brief we were given was to create a venue where people could drink great wine and eat food sourced from the market and local suppliers. All the flooring is hard concrete tile and the façade can be opened up fully onto the market. When it’s a nice day the restaurant will feel like an extension of the market.”
Ideal for guests looking for a more intimate experience, Arthur Hooper’s charming and cosy first floor Fruit & Veg private dining room retains many of its original features. Ideal for smaller gathering it can accommodate up to 16 people seated or standing making it suitable for business meetings or cosy gatherings with friends and family.
Arthur Hooper’s is located at 8 Stoney Street, directly opposite Borough Market and is open seven days a week. For more information please visit arthurhoopers.co.uk.
William Buckhorn Ltd
William Buckhorn Ltd was the main contractor on Arthur Hooper. Keen to find out a little more about the company, Premier Hospitality recently caught up with managing director, Steve Harbut to get the lowdown on William Buckhorn Ltd.
So, Steve, please tell us about William Buckhorn Ltd and its origin.
“I started William Buckhorn Ltd in early February 2014. It was to coincide with the return of my son Luke and family after a 10-year spell in France playing pro rugby.”
So, why construction?
“We have always been in construction. Luke was a qualified carpenter before being signed as a pro by Saracens, he then had a spell at Northampton before being signed by Brive and going to France. So building William Buckhorn Ltd around Luke seemed the right thing to do.”
Where did the name originate?
“Buckhorn is my Grandmother’s maiden name and William was her brother, my great uncle. His son Billy Buckhorn, also my cousin, has given us his blessing and he is happy that the name lives on and can be seen on our vehicles around and about the country.”
What kind of work do you specialise in?
“Pretty much anything, commercial, domestic, new build, structural. We are natural problem solvers who like to please. So anything interesting always appeals to us.”
So who exactly is Team Buckhorn?
“I’m the managing director, then we have Luke and Bobby as directors, along with Grace in procurement, Joanna in accounts and Danny in logistics.”
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us. Is there anything else you would like to add?
“The team at William Buckhorn Ltd would like to wish Arthur Hooper’s all the best for the future!”