Craft spirit producer The East London Liquor Company is opening its first restaurant at its Bow Wharf distillery following a successful soft launch.
The distillery's eponymous restaurant, which will launch formally on 21 June, is designed to give ELLC's customers "a more rounded experience" a spokeswoman told The Caterer, adding that the restaurant "is the next logical move for us".
The distillery, situated in what was the old glue factory in London's Bow Wharf, already operates a shop and a bar on site.
The new restaurant, which has 40 covers, will be headed by William Dennard, former chef at White Rabbit and Rebel Dining Society, and will focus on Italian food, with a pizza oven and seasonal sharing plates.
A menu of drinks has been designed to complement the food on offer, with sections dedicated to amaro, fernet, vermouth, wine, cocktails and beer.
The restaurant's design echoes the industrial feel of the distillery. Designed by Michael Sodeau it mirrors the stripped back brick walls and copper stills of the distillery and includes a Carrara marble toppedbar and tables, a custom-made Turkish black and white tiled floor and bespoke lighting by Swedish firm Rubn.
"Every detail of the restaurant has been carefully curated and selected to reflect the incredible history of spirits production once enjoyed in Mile End," said Sodeau. "We're excited for the space to become a design destination in its own right."
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