Located on the Mayfair end of Duke Street, Apricity will serve a menu centered around hyper-seasonal, sustainable produce from small-scale farmers and locally foraged ingredients, with a zero-waste approach to cooking.
Nicholson has worked closely with head chef Eve Seemann to create a menu that will include the likes of Cornish mackerel and Shetland mussels with sambal butter and pickled pear; roasted Kuri squash with fermented fire flame chilies, miso aioli, squash seed crumb and Thai basil; venison with elderberry and walnut butter; and crispy brussels sprouts with spent beer vinegar and rosemary.
There will also be dedicated tasting menu celebrating British vegetables, as well as a meat and fish-focused menu.
The drinks offer will major on low intervention wines with an emphasis on those produced in the UK alongside a selection of ‘innovative’ zero-waste cocktails.
The opening follows Nicholson’s recent Hackney-based ‘pandemic pop-up’ All’s Well, which was set up to preserve jobs, morale and positivity within the industry over the last year.
Her debut restaurant Tredwell's - which also championed a more sustainable approach - closed earlier this year after seven year in business.
Apricity will continue the former Marcus Wareing chef’s ‘commitment to running a socially conscious endeavour with her team of innovative and like-minded people who share her values of a sustainable lifestyle’.
The restaurant has been designed by studio Object Space Place using a restorative design framework, in keeping with the concept of a circular economy with sustainable design and operational principles followed.
By day the dining room will be flooded with natural light from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Duke Street and transformed in the evening with low-level golden hued lighting.
"Apricity, meaning the warmth of the sun in winter, is such an exciting opportunity for myself and my team," Nicholson says. "Creating a space that can serve delicious food and great drinks, with joy and purpose, is key to us.
"We can’t wait to hero the amazing growers and farmers within the UK, as well as partnering with other organisations that have an aligned ethos and culture. I am delighted to be working with Grosvenor Estates to create a greener, healthier and more conscious community within the heart of Mayfair, and beyond."