Launching in Ealing at the end of the year, the new all-day restaurant will occupy a site in the neighbourhood’s Dickens Yard. It will join British restaurant Charlotte's W5, with other operators including Gail's Bakery and Tonkotsu also rumoured to be launching sites in the new development.
The Ealing site will offer the same selection of dishes as at the group’s other restaurants. Each serves an all-day menu, a weekend menu, a brunch menu, and a set dining option that can be pre-ordered for groups of 16 or more.
Dishes on the all-day menu include crab cakes; polenta crusted squid; chicken and ham croquettes; bavette steak with fries and béarnaise; steamed mussels with cider, cream, garlic and chives; and coconut poached chicken salad.
The bar will serve a cocktail menu, alongside a range of local craft and international beers and lagers.
The interior refurbishment, which is currently underway, will take inspiration from European loft apartments. It will feature lounge seating, oak sharing tables, and dark wall finishes.
"We have long held the desire to be part of the “London village” that Ealing is,” says Mel Marriott, managing director of Darwin & Wallace.
“Finding this superbly located, stand alone, building within the Dickens Yard development has given us the most amazing blank canvas on which to layer on our own interpretation of what a modern pub can be, unique to its location.”
Darwin & Wallace opened its first site, No 11 Pimlico Road, in 2012, followed by No 32 The Old Town in 2014; No 1a Duke Street in Richmond in late 2015; No 197 Chiswick Fire Station in April 2016; No 29 Power Station West in Battersea’s Circus West Village in July 2017; and most recently 601 Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon in May this year.
The group is dedicated to being sustainable, having achieved the three-star award from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Its jam is sourced locally in London and it operates its own bee farm at its site in Clapham.