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Gabeto Cantina Camden

Written by Roma Publications

Gabeto Cantina Camden’s new place to be seen

A stylish and unique project involving the creation of a stunning new downstairs interior and a first floor warehouse conversion in Camden Market, has created Gabeto Cantina – the new place to be seen in Camden.

Located on Chalk Farm Road, this modern brasserie-style venue reflects its contemporary menu.

The project to create the new interior was carried out by Monza Contractors.

David Spencer, Director of Monza Contractors said: “We know the client and cost consultant involved in the project, who are both familiar with work we have done in the past. We were also able to demonstrate our ability by showing examples of schemes we have carried out on listed buildings similar to the one in which Gabeto Cantina is located.

“An important element of the project brief was the need to preserve the building fabric as much as possible and retain the original features.”

The ground floor of the building is a former stable and is accessible at both ends and is intended primarily for drinking. This level includes a linear bar across one side, with a new industrial-style feature spiral staircase located opposite leading to the next floor, where the formal dining area, kitchen, cocktail bar and toilets are located. The design also includes a brightly coloured cube suspended from the ceiling, incorporating lighting rods.

Within the first-floor main dining area, high-level dining booths combined with eclectic furniture are fused with elegant period features and gallery art. John Bulley, the artist responsible for the famous Camden Lock bridge, has created a set of bespoke feature murals on the restaurant walls.


The spacious dining area includes exposed brickwork, dark timber flooring, and neon signs.

Gabeto also incorporates an al fresco terrace which features a regularly changing line-up of street food pods, all weather shading and heaters to create a lounging metropolis.

The project was completed over a nine week programme, which included stripping out the original interior.

David Spencer said: “The biggest challenge of the project was that of access to the site, which is in the middle of Camden Market, as well as ensuring the safety of pedestrians. We also had to make major alterations to the building fabric in order to incorporate the new metal feature spiral staircase. In addition, we had to work in conjunction with the Listed Building Officer at all times.

“I believe that the client is very pleased with the outcome of the scheme and this was an important project for us, as it gave the opportunity for us to showcase our skills in what is a bespoke development.”

Head chef Lee Andrews, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse, has created a modern brasserie menu that mixes British ingredients with a hint of Latin flavours.

Signature dishes include tacos, small plates such as beetroot-cured salmon; chorizo Scotch egg; and Cornish crab, avocado tomato and grapefruit, as well as rare-breed steaks from the charcoal oven.

Gabeto caters for events from three to 300 people, from intimate dinners and large corporate gatherings to casual parties.


MT Technical Services

MT Technical Services is an electrical fit-out contractor, specialising in the installation of electrical, IT, CCTV and alarm systems for projects within the hospitality sector. The company has been in operation since 2001 and within this time has been involved in a range of prestigious projects including works for Wagamama, Starbucks, Bella Italia, MOD Pizza and Café Rogue, amongst others.

Most recently, MT Technical Services has been involved in Gabeto. Working on this project MT Technical Services was responsible for a full strip-out of existing electrical services and the installation of new electrics, including fire alarm systems.

Martin Tampkins, Managing Director of MT Technical Services, said:

“It was a great project to be a part of and we value our involvement in Gabeto – the client is very happy with the site.”

Martin added:

“At MT Technical Services we pride ourselves on our ability to finish a job on time – we’ve never missed a deadline yet!”

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