Coal Vaults, a new restaurant and bar founded by Martin "Simo" Simpson and Felix Leuschner, is set to launch in London's Soho later this month.
Located in a Wardour Street site that was originally used to store coal in the 19th century, Coal Vaults will open for dinner and drinks seven days a week.
Featuring five separate vaults for private dining as well as an intimate bar and dining room with a total capacity for 100 diners, the interior aims to have a "raw feel" to it made up of copper, timber, steel, and old London stock brickwork.
Chef Magnus Reid from the Rooftop Café has consulted on the menu and the kitchen operation will be led by chef James Knox Boothman, who has previously worked at A Little of What You Fancy, The French House and GRUB at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, while Jerome Slesinski will manage the bar.
The small-plate menu will include five-hour shoulder of lamb cooked in hay and lavender and served with caper, mint and spiced anchovy couscous; Westcombe dairy ricotta cakes with figs, wild rocket and balsamic syrup; seared scallops with black pudding, cider sauce and celery salted apple crisps and Earl Grey bread with butter and strawberry jam.
Slesinki's adjoining bar will serve cocktails, with home-infused blends, a selection of old-world wines and beer from London breweries.