“Temple and Sons is my tribute to our bountiful British produce and dining traditions,” says Yorkshire-born chef Jason Atherton. The new City of London grill restaurant and bar is opening its doors on Old Broad Street, adjacent to the iconic Richard Seifert-designed Tower 42 (the former NatWest Tower), its relaxed concept contrasting with the high-rise Michelin-star fine dining at City Social – Atherton’s neighbouring sister restaurant.
Named after British statesman Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, who was twice prime minister in the mid-19th century, Temple and Sons is set across two floors designed by Russell Sage, with timber panelling, antique brogue detailing and brass ironmongery evoking a traditional Victorian grocery.
Upstairs in the restaurant, whole or large-cut meat, poultry and fish dishes – such as wood-fired pork chop, collar and crackling with sage and pine-nut crumb, and whole Newlyn line-caught turbot with pickled Cornish cockle and pork vinaigrette – are served family style. Nostalgia-inflected desserts include vanilla rice pudding with homemade jams.
A ground-floor no-reservation all-day deli/bar serves snacks and small plates inspired by old-school British grocery stores – read cured, sustainably reared British meats from Cannon & Cannon and game sausage rolls with creamy mash and gravy.
At night the deli becomes a cocktail bar. Some drinks, served in cardboard milk cartons and sardine tins, take their cue from icons of the British kitchen cupboard, such as Gentleman’s Relish (the Mr Mary is made with Hendrick’s gin, tomato juice and Gentleman’s Relish distillate) and Tate & Lyle golden syrup (the Fondant Fancy is a mix of Disaronno amaretto, Reyka vodka, strawberry purée, cream and golden syrup). Those with less of a sweet tooth can mainline The Social Company’s own signature bottled lagers, available for the first time. Cheers!