Lee Streeton appointed head chef of new South Bank hotel Bankside

13 September 2018 by
Lee Streeton appointed head chef of new South Bank hotel Bankside

Bankside, the 161-bedroom design-led hotel set to launch on London's South Bank in October, has appointed Lee Streeton as head chef.

Streeton will run the kitchen at the all-day dining Art Yard Bar & Kitchen within the 161-bedroom hotel, as well as oversee breakfast and room service.

He joined the property from 45 Jermyn Street, London, where he was head chef for two years, having previously undertaken two three-year stints as executive chef at Rocco Forte's Brown's hotel, broken up by a 17-month spell in the same role at the Waldorf Astoria (later rebranded the Hilton London Syon Park).

Art Yard will feature a European-inspired menu using British ingredients. Dishes will include chargrilled cuttlefish with black rice and chorizo; baked bone marrow with curry sauce; and a cataplana of monkfish, shellfish, saffron and potato.

The bar will serve snacks and small plates such as anchovies with sage and lemon and spicy lamb, aubergine and egg pide.

A wood-fired oven will be central to many dishes and will be used to cook large sharing cuts of meat, served family style.

Six on-draught taps will offer two beers from local Bermondsey brewery Fourpure, as well as on-tap cocktails such as Nitro Cold Brew Martini and Seedlip Draught Cocktail, and two draught wines.

The interiors of the 80 cover Art Yard restaurant, along with the rest of the hotel, has been designed with a mid-century aesthetic by Dayna Lee of Los Angeles' Powerstrip Studio. The open open-plan sapce will feature Alexander Calder inspired mobiles and sustainably-sourced wood furniture with patterned tiling throughout. Modern art will be a feature.

Streeton said: "We're really looking forward to introducing Londoners to Art Yard this October and showcasing what we've been working hard to perfect over the past few months. We've been busy sourcing ingredients, speaking to producers and creating a menu that we hope suits the location and builds on the current offering, and we're excited to finally bring this to Bankside."

Other key appointments at Bankside include Douglas McHugh, who is heading up the management team at the hotel alongside his current position as general manager of the four-AA-star, 331-bedroom St Ermin's hotel in Westminster, and Lodewijk Konings as food & beverage manager.

Bankside, like St Ermin's, will be managed by Amerimar Enterprises, a US-based company which owns the new hotel in conjunction with Canadian property investment company Realstar.

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