Published 30 March 2021
by Harriet Prior
With many at-home kits delivered nationwide and offering restaurants a chance to access new customers outside their local area, some are planning a more permanent move away from the capital. An estimated 700,000 people left London during the past year, so it’s no surprise that restaurateurs and chefs have started to follow suit.
Yesterday, Adam Handling revealed that he was to launch his first project outside London, opening The Loch and The Tyne in Old Windsor, Berkshire. The chef/restaurateur – who currently runs The Frog in Covent Garden and the food at the Belmond Cadogan hotel in Chelsea – told the Evening Standard that the aim is to create the “most sustainable pub in the UK. The motto is ‘sustainable British luxury,’ and that’s exactly what we’ll do.”
The pub-restaurants opens on 17 May, and features has two rooms. It follows a difficult year for Handling, as he lost two of his restaurants during the pandemic and battled against bankruptcy. The Lock and The Tyne will be led by Steven Kerr and Jonny McNeil, who have worked for the Adam Handling group for 13 and 11 years respectively. “It’s my name on the door and I’ll be involved, but they’re running it,” explains Handling.
The menu will showcase the ‘best of British produce’, with ingredients sourced from its own vegetable gardens and orchard. Snacks such as haggis scotch eggs and cheese doughnuts will be on offer, and larger dishes include salt-aged lamb rump with black radish and balmoral chicken with asparagus and whole-baked lobster wagyu. There’s also a Sunday lunch menu to look forward to.