Announced in late 2019 and originally slated for an early 2020 opening, the venue has been conceived by artist Jonny Gent, former St John restaurant manager Jon Spiteri, architect Russell Potter (SODA) and brothers Ted and Oliver Grebelius of Sätila Studios.
Knight will created a ‘refined, seasonally led menu inspired by British, French and Italian cooking and her preference for simple food with carefully grown and sourced ingredients at its heart’.
Dishes include grilled friggitelli with sea salt; sea bream, fig leaf and sorrel; potato and chard croquettes with lemon aioli; lamb sweetbreads with lettuce and lovage; and ricotta and cherry tart.
Launching next month, the 60-seater dining room will be flooded with light from a series of arched windows looking out onto the rooftop while a roof terrace seats 20 and leads out to an marble bar and infinity rooftop pool with views over the city.
The building has seen great changes since its origin as one of the most significant courthouses of 18th century England. SODA Studio’s 'light touch design approach' in the main spaces follow Sätila's 'meticulous' six-year restoration process'.
The interior elements and furniture have been sourced from various markets and salvage yards, creating an 'eclectic yet comfortable aesthetic'. This is coupled with a series of green leather banquettes reflecting the courthouse’s past.
The artwork will build up through various events, workshops and dinners and over time new work will be added, moved, commissioned and occasionally sold.