Six world-renowned restaurants, six menus with wine pairings, two exclusive previews and five chefs from Michelin-starred kitchens: Jason Atherton hopes this will be a new recipe for success. On Sunday June 7, each of his London-based Social Company restaurants will be opening their doors for a ticketed lunch (from £90, depending on the venue), with all proceeds going to Hospitality Action, a charity that supports hospitality workers who have fallen on hard times.
The inaugural Social Sunday event (which Atherton hopes to hold every June) will see the resident chefs at Pollen Street Social, Little Social, Social Eating House, Berners Tavern at the London Edition Hotel, City Social and Typing Room welcoming guest chefs (cooking for free for the occasion) to work together to create one-off menus with wine pairings. The icing on the cake is the chance to take a sneak peek at Atherton’s two upcoming openings: Social Wine & Tapas and Sosharu, his highly anticipated Japanese restaurant.
At his flagship Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, Atherton (pictured) will be working alongside his former mentor Pierre Koffmann to recreate some of Koffmann’s classic dishes (tickets £130). Courses include squid (Bolognese-style), and Lake District lamb loin and braised neck with roasted artichoke, merguez sausages and curds and whey.
Just across the road, Little Social will see Cary Docherty partner with Robin Gill of The Dairy, where the menu (tickets £95) features Cornish turbot and lamb with Jersey royals, finishing with salted caramel, cacao and malted barley ice cream.
Lunch at Berners Tavern at The London Edition hotel will be influenced by Welsh cuisine: Stephen Terry of The Hardwick will be travelling all the way from Abergavenny to join Phil Carmichael; expect braised rabbit terrine, roast cod and slow-roasted rump of lamb (£125 with cocktail reception and wine pairings).
Rabbit is also on offer at Michelin-starred City Social, but this time served with sausage, Pommery mash and chanterelles, just one of the dishes created by Paul Walsh and Ollie Dabbous (£125 with wine and cocktail pairings).
At Typing Room in the Town Hall Hotel, Lee Westcott will cook with Tom Aikens, his former mentor. Pigeon, fermented turnip and hazelnut will be part of the five-course lunch, along with rabbit with peas, morels and lovage (£135 with wine pairings).
Those with a sweet tooth might opt for Michelin-starred Social Eating House, where the six-course menu will finish with inventive petit fours: Bounty ice cream with Earl Grey fudge and the Clove Club chocolate bar, created by Paul Hood and Isaac McHale of The Clove Club (£125 with wine pairings).
The pièce de résistance, however, will be the opportunity to preview dishes from those two upcoming additions to the Social Company stable: Social Wine & Tapas and Sosharu. Whetting the appetite before its official launch on Monday June 8, Social Wine & Tapas will be serving up a sharing style, nine-course menu (tickets £90 with wine pairings) from head chef Frankie van Loo, with wines matched by Laure Patry. Meanwhile, at City Social’s private dining room, 24 guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of Sosharu’s Japanese-influenced menu (£135 with wine and sake pairings), from head chef Alex Craciun.
With such a tantalising array of choice, the only problem for diners will be which restaurant to go for.