New Opening: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy to open Magpie

The Co-Founders of Pidgin, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Hackney, are to open a new restaurant, Magpie, this June on Heddon Street, off Regent Street. Magpie will be a modern British interpretation of traditional dim sum restaurants with diners choosing plates straight off the trolley.


17 May 2017

The Co-Founders of Pidgin, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Hackney, are to open a new restaurant, Magpie, this June on Heddon Street, off Regent Street. Magpie will be a modern British interpretation of traditional dim sum restaurants with diners choosing plates straight off the trolley.

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by a drinks trolley, laden with pre-mixed cocktails developed by General Manager Ajax Kentish that include Smoke off the Mountain, a rum-based Manhattan-style drink washed with peated whisky that combines Ron Zacapa 23 and Lagavulin 16, and I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead with its rye, oloroso, and cherry liqueur.  Cocktails will be served with ice buckets and garnishes, and in addition to the trolley cocktails there will be a full bar from which guests can enjoy the Bo Diddly Rip Off; combining mescal and Hellfire bitters and more. James has written an eclectic wine list championing smaller, independent vineyards, with a focus on lesser known regions and grapes, with a small bias towards California, and an exciting selection of wines on tap.

Winding its way through the restaurant a sleek, modern trolley will be filled with small plates such as mackerel crudo with blueberry kosho and fennel pollen, and Hoi An-style terrine with nukazuke pickles. Trays of hot dishes will come out of the kitchen including udon noodles with paitan broth, calabrese sausage and cavolo nero, and grilled celeriac with gjetost and a watermelon barbecue sauce. A small a la carte menu will also be available, including a few Pidgin favourites such as Galician dairy cow with lobster, pommes sarladaises and charred lettuce and cod, fried enoki, fermented jerusalem artichoke and cep oil. Desserts will include a strawberry panzanella with olive oil ice cream, and a ‘prickly’ pear with roasted miso custard and hibiscus, as well as a secret, off menu dish.

“We’d discussed doing something like this before we even opened Pidgin – it seemed like a fun and novel approach to our current eating out habits, and a way of tackling some of the more frustrating aspects of ‘sharing’ plates,” says James. “It’s less of a ‘sharing’ thing than just a fun restaurant with damn delicious food,” adds Sam. “If people want to share their food then great – I do – but we want guests to feel more in control of their dinner and not have to fret over how to halve the third croquette.”

The restaurant’s design will be a bright, open space with high ceilings and a poured concrete bar lined with comfortable leather stools. Interiors will borrow from both Asian and Californian influences, combining canvas-hung walls with burnt wood tiling and a huge landscape imprinted on the restaurant’s back wall. Pidgin’s storm bathrooms will, of course, be making the move west with their dramatic murals and tempest soundtrack.

Katerina Mercury for The Crown Estate’s Regent Street Portfolio said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the award-winning James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy to Heddon Street with their latest concept, Magpie. A first for London’s dining scene, Magpie is set to be a tantalising, innovative and fun dining experience which will complement Regent Street’s renowned line-up of restaurants and world class shopping.”

Magpie will open in June with 54 covers.

Bookings taken for groups of four and above.

10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX

https://www.magpie-london.com

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday

Lunch: 12pm – 3pm

Dinner: 5pm – 11pm