Old Compton Brasserie – Spirit of Soho
Creatives and eccentrics, drunks and dreamers, low-lifers and high-fliers – Soho has always been home to some of London’s most colourful characters.
Celebrating one of London’s best-loved districts is Old Compton Brasserie at 36-38 Old Compton Street, Soho.
Inspired by the area’s diverse, vibrant and culturally rich history, Old Compton Brasserie aims to recapture the identity of ‘forgotten Soho’.
The colourful bar and restaurant features pop art paintings of Soho celebrities and bespoke artwork from urban street artists including Anna Laurini, whose Picasso-esque characterful ‘Faces’ have become synonymous with the streets of Soho.
The bohemian interior by Grapes Design features exposed brick walls, revealing the many layers of the building’s previous guises.
An original infinity mirror light installation encapsulates the essence of Soho nightlife, whilst stained glass and hand painted murals provide splashes of colour.
Pop art of Soho socialites, such as Kate Moss and Twiggy, adorn the walls with quirky convex mirrors, originally from a Czech train station; and Parisian glass street lamps provide a cosmopolitan vibe in keeping with its location.
The ground floor is open and airy with a statement horse-shoe bar taking centre stage to reflect the ‘always open’ and social nature of the brasserie, whilst those that like to see and be seen should head for the ‘floating’ mezzanine floor overlooking all the action below.
The seasonally-changing menu offers all-day brasserie style favourites using the freshest ingredients, from breakfast through to dinner. Starters include burratina with rosemary marinated beetroot, kale pesto and grilled sourdough; kedgeree Scotch eggs; and steak tartare with caper berries.
Mains include grilled hake and pea salad; truffle roast chicken with garlic potatoes and a classic ham, egg and chips – bacon chop with triple cooked chips and a fried egg.
A large selection of vegan options is available including a meat-free ‘bacon and cheeseburger’ with vegan cheese, shiitake bacon, pickled cucumber and fries; alongside gnocchi with asparagus, wild mushrooms, butternut squash and truffle.
A cutting-edge cocktail menu has been curated by The Talented Mr Fox, the brainchild of highly acclaimed mixologist Matt Whiley and the man behind some of the world’s most imaginative cocktails.
Taking inspiration from some of Soho’s most notorious figures, cocktails are bold and punchy – quirky.
Standouts include ‘The Paul Raymond,’ an ode to the ‘King of Soho,’ made with champagne, strawberry, white chocolate, and verjus, served in a faux fur jacket flute. The ‘Regina Fong’, pays homage to the 60s female cult impersonator on the London cabaret and gay venue circuit, made with Ciroc apple, pear purée, lemon juice and ginger ale, topped with black pear foam. Other inventive cocktails pay tribute to Ronnie Scott and Soho Pam.
Old Compton Brasserie is part of Maxwell’s Group portfolio that also includes: Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Palm Court Brasserie, Boulevard Brasserie, Roadhouse, Tropicana Beach Club, Café de Paris, PJ’s Bar and Grill and Sticky Fingers.
Concept Bars is a pure bar specialist, providing high quality functional bars for the hospitality industry. The company consults, designs, manufactures, supplies and installs and has been at the forefront of the hospitality field since its inception 26 years ago.
Past projects for Concept Bars have included iconic venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, The Langham, The Dorchester, Grosvenor House Hotel, The V & A, Duck & Waffle, projects for D & D Restaurants and The Bombay Sapphire & Macallan distilleries. In addition, Concept Bars works with the worlds’ leading drinks brands such as Bacardi and LVMH and Pernod Ricard, as well as many of the smaller unique venues and some of the worlds’ best bars and bar operators.
Concept Bars Founder and Director, Ian Gillings, said:
“At Concept Bars, we pride ourselves not only on the quality of our product and our service, but also on our ability to listen to our clients. We realise their vision, always offering the best advice and our in-house experienced manufacture and specialist teams ensure a quality offer.”
Working in conjunction with Darren and the team at Grapes Design, it was a pleasure as usual, and Concept provided the front of house bar solutions and back of house support areas and equipment.
Ian said: “As always working on a small site in London’s Soho presented its unique challenges, but as we have proved many times before, we were up to it! It was a privilege to work for Maxwells Group and we are sure this site will be another very successful venue for their expanding portfolio.”