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Tom’s Kitchen

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Tom’s Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen is a unique collection of restaurants, delis and bars, founded by award-winning chef Tom Aikens.

Offering a comfortable environment and focusing on outstanding food, drink and service, Tom’s Kitchen can be found across central London, in addition to outposts in Birmingham and Istanbul. Focusing on comforting classics and seasonal specials, Tom’s Kitchen’s uses the very best of British produce, working with passionate suppliers, farmers and chefs.

Tom’s Kitchen first opened in 2006 as a contemporary brassier. Now 12 years on, the Chelsea restaurant has been re-designed with the help of B3 Designers to create a more ‘modern and comfortable’ setting for the sharing-style British menu.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the project, Mark Bithrey from B3 Designers said: “The brief was simply that everything needed refreshing. When we sat down we began with discussions about the bar. It was more of a dispense bar and we felt that we could make it more of a feature, so we relocated it to the front window and added a small drinking area for people, making it more enticing and destinational. Other changes included a new mirrored screen at the back of the restaurant which amplifies the size of the space alongside the introduction of interesting lighting throughout.

“We also opened up the pass for the chefs and put some heat lamps on it – it is simple stuff but it is critical to make the operation work, which is just as important as the customer’s experience of the space.

“There is an upstairs area as well and, like downstairs, they also wanted to make that destinational so the customers are torn between going upstairs or downstairs.”


The new look site also features photographs of some of Tom’s key suppliers to tell their stories and highlight his focus on ethnically sourced ingredients.

Mark added: “There is a lot of love for Tom’s Kitchen in the area so we didn’t want to destroy that DNA; it was more about how could we enhance the existing space. We picked up on the narrative of Tom, his ethos and values, and showcased that on the walls through this personalised artwork.”

Version 2.0 of Tom’s Kitchen will see the all-day brassier return serving their comfort food classics, just as it has for the last 12 years, but with a revamped menu focussing on sharing plates.

Located in a Chelsea townhouse on the former site of the Blenheim Pub, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea serves comfort food favourites in a relaxed and informal environment, from breakfast to dinner, seven days a week.

Small plates include beef tartare with black garlic aioli, new season turnips and puffed rice and salt baked heritage carrots, stained yoghurt and carrot top pesto. Larger sharing dishes include scallops with Fruit Pig black pudding and peas and spatchcock Norfolk Quail with peanut sauce and picked sweet cucumber relish. Classic dishes are also available including Fish pie with cider, leeks and parsley crumb, Chicken schnitzel with violet artichoke salad and parmesan and seven-hour slow cooked shoulder of lamb with mashed potato and balsamic onions.

The restaurant’s cosy and rustic charm makes it a winner with all guests looking to relax over great food in the heart of the city. Boasting two beautiful rooms for private dining, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is also a superb venue for intimate events. Accommodating 10 to 40 guests for seated dinners and up to 60 guests for standing receptions, each private space provides a cosy environment suitable for a range of events.

Mark said: “Tom has got some fantastic ideas for bringing out this new concept which he has shared with me and I hope we get to see them through. He has a creative mind, which is great. We have the creative understanding of how space should work in relation to the food offering so it’s a really exciting mix.”

The restaurant is a ten-minute walk from South Kensington or Sloane Square Underground station, located on Cale Street by Chelsea Green.

Tom’s Kitchen reopened on Wednesday 21st March 2018.

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360 Commercial Interiors

360 Commercial Interiors specialise in the project management, refurbishment and fit-out of prestigious high street and independent retailers throughout the UK. The firm are a multi-disciplined principle contractor with over 20 years’ experience in the industry; during this time their established client base has included high street retailers, restaurants, pubs, patisseries and food court outlets.

Since their inception, the firm have established a strong presence in the pub, restaurant and food retail sector, and have a proven track record of consistently delivering high standards of service, as well as fulfilling demanding project schedules.

360 worked with both Ardens Consulting and B3 Designers over a number of months leading up to the Chelsea project and assisted on design and the materials used throughout the project.

Martin Turner from 360 Commercial Interiors commented:

“The team at 360 have a wealth of experience in pub and restaurant fit out, and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the Tom’s Kitchen team again, along with B3 Designers.

“We are now working on a third project with Tom’s Kitchen, with the planned refurbishment of their Canary Wharf restaurant in March.”

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