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New opening hours

LATE NIGHTS

As of Monday 28th July, we will be open later in the evenings in both the kitchen and the bar.  We are all very excited.

NEW DINNER HOURS

M-S: 6pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm

NEW BAR HOURS

Mon – Thurs:
last orders 11.30pm, homeward bound by midnight

Fri & Sat:
last orders midnight, out by 12.30am

Sun:
last orders 10pm, out by 10.30pm

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What we're listening to

We’ve still got a few little hands grappling to hold onto a bit of that summery joy – the laissez-faire of festivals, holidays, ice cream.  It’s ok to straddle these ideals and knitwear for a brief period.

Anyhow, this is the last of the summer playlists.  A few sneaky sneaked in.  A few new things.  TLC rubbing hot pants with Jungle.

Tell us what you like, share your favourite tracks, or send us a list and we’ll stick it up.

Have a listen on Spotify

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Reading Material

designboom

Officially, by their count at least, designboom was the first web-based design and architecture magazine.  It was 1999 – Google was still sucking at the teat of a 56.6k modem and this team had the vision realise the world wasn’t going to apocalypse itself and the internet might be a great place to gather up the worldwide expanse of cool.

They haven’t achieved global domination, but they’ve proven that there’s no replacement for real clever humans curating interesting content.

www.designboom.com

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SOHN

When his first album Tremors was released earlier this year, it was given some serious grilling by the likes of Pitchfork for being too modern.  Nu-nu-nu-R&B-indie or something like that, they said.

There’s no denying it’s of the moment, but who’s to say what moments we’ll be remembering in 20 years time, and if we’re liking the moment, is that so bad?  Big crisp soundscapes on a minimalist scale, delivered with the disjointed mournful beauty that’s so very very now.

Friday 12th September, Shepherd’s Bush Empire £12.50

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KITCHEN HOURS

Breakfast
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am

Brunch
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm

Lunch
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm

Dinner
M-S: 6pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm

All day menu available throughout the afternoon.

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JO NAGASAKA - FLAT TABLES

We’ve all admired the patina of an old work surface – the nicks and cuts, smooth troughs and ragged edges, give a sense of depth and history.  Our sister restaurant Village East even used to have dining tables made from old school science benches, graffiti and all.

Japanese designer and architect Jo Nagasaka celebrates the textures of time-weathered surfaces in found workstations and tabletops by layering coloured epoxy resins to show the tables in a new light.

Now until 15th August at Gallery Libby Sellers

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Afternoon tea

DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT

Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies.  Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf.  Macaroons.  Meringues.   Depends how they’re feeling.  But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.

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PSYCLE

We’re big bike fans – this really isn’t a secret – but we also realise that between London traffic and London weather, it’s not for everyone.  Some people just aren’t comfortable donning nappy-like Lycra and getting soaked head to toe by a stream of passing buses.

Thankfully our newish neighbours at Psycle have brought super luxurious, high-intensity indoor bike workouts to Fitzrovia.  It’s hard work, but it’s fun, has super cool playlists to get through, and four walls to keep your sweaty brow out of sight from passersby.

Sign up and on your bike

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Reading Material

EAT MORE BIKES

On first glance we assumed Eat More Bikes was obviously created with the RHC crew in mind, featuring two of our favourite things.  The initial disappointment at the lack of eating and bikes is quickly made up for with a daily blurp of comic greatness from illustrator Nathan Bulmer.  You need it in your everyday.

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Secret recipes

ALL THE SMALL THINGS

30ml vanilla vodka
15ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
15ml Aperol
1″ piece cucumber
15ml elderflower cordial
25ml lemon juice
10ml tonic water

Muddle the cucumber in the bottom of a shaker.  Add all the other ingredients and shake hard with cubed ice.  Strain into a frozen rocks glass without ice and garnish with cucumber slices.

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At the sharing table

WHO DID YOU MEET?

Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby.  We hear it still happens up North.

We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table.  Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.

Secret recipes

TAPENADE

A speedy spread great rubbed on some BBQ lamb, or just scooped up by some crostini.

500g black pitted olives
15g Gentlemen’s Relish
Half a bunch of parsley
40ml olive oil

Stick it all in food processor for 2 minutes.  That’s it.

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Neighbourhood secrets from...

GEORGIA BARRETTA, HEAD OF DESIGN

Where do you live? Chelsea.

How do you get around? I ride my cycle or my walk on my feet.

Your usual order at the RHC?
Not so much ‘usually’ as much as ‘always’: the palm-heart chopped salad and a glass (or 2) of Trebbiano.  Power y’all.

Where is the best place to find ­­good contemporary art?
Fitzrovia Lates – on the last Thursday of every month, following the Chelsea, New York model, you can mosey from one show to the next, swill Peroni and see some tasteful stuff on a wall. Favourite curation always seems to be at Libby Sellers – first admired at Art Basel and then improbably stumbled across on Berners St!

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Secret recipes

SPRING IN YOUR STEP

This is the colour ‘spring green’ in juice format – fresh and healthy and reviving even on those extra grey and depressing days that are more akin to spring than the nice ones.

FITZROVIA BREEZE

1/2 a kiwi
1″ chunk of cucumber
25ml elderflower cordial
50ml apple juice

Chop the fruit, then muddle it in a glass.  Add the cordial and apple juice, fill with crushed ice and stir it up real good.

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