Chef Adam Handling has left Adam Handling at Caxton in London’s St Ermin’s hotel to launch his own restaurants, starting with the Frog in the City of London. The experienced competition chef and current holder of the Scottish Chef of the Year title told The Caterer: “The Frog in Spitalfields will be the first of a number of restaurants to be opened under my new restaurant and bar brand over the next five years – with three opening over the coming months, including a new location for my signature site Restaurant Adam Handling”.
The new venture opened on 8th of June in Ely’s Yard, situated next to the Old Truman Brewery in east London, and Handling and his team are using ingredients and products from local London markets, including Smithfields and Spitalfields.
“We’ll be offering dishes with finesse, but served in a more informal and relaxed atmosphere so that we appeal to the wide tourist, business and residential audiences in the area,” added Handling.
Small a la carte dishes will be priced at around £10 each, with a daily-changing five-course tasting menu at £40 per head (excluding drinks).
Handling’s senior team from Adam Handling at Caxton have joined him in his new venture, including head chef Steven Kerr, who will run the kitchen at The Frog.
The Frog restaurant has been designed by Offbeat Interiors with a rustic and comfortable interior style. The space has seating for 60, with a private dining room for up to 15, situated on a mezzanine floor, overlooking the kitchen.
The organic bar has a technical emphasis offering home-made kombucha tea drinks and cocktails, and cocktail and beer pairings that complement the menus. There is also an exclusive the Frog gin curated by Portobello Gin, and Brew Dog will be supplying beers and other drinks.
Old Truman Brewery
2 Hanbury Street
London E1 6QR