History tells us that Victorian Arthur Hooper was a delightful fruit salesman, who once occupied 8 Stoney Street. Recently derelict, the building’s historical ties to food and the local community have been lovingly restored.
Jamie Ndah went along with a guest to taste, sample and explore the menu offerings from London’s latest chic and stylish eatery.
The London restaurant scene continues to grow at a rapid rate with a variety of establishments springing up and opening their doors all over the city. I had heard so much about Arthur Hooper’s restaurant and I was looking forward to finding out what was on offer.
Overlooking the iconic, vibrant and energetic surroundings of Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s is a short stroll from London Bridge Station and serves European sharing plates, partnered with a curated wine list.
On entering, I was greeted by Angus our delightful and welcoming host for the evening who kindly directed my guest and me to our table. The 51-cover restaurant was bristling with diners both inside and outside and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.
The interior decor is slick and contemporary and designed by local fashion label Buster + Punch who have taken much inspiration from Borough Market which is evident from the crafted steel caged light fittings mixed with a dark bespoke hexagonal flooring.
The glistening marble table tops, tailored rare-wood cabinetry and modern pieces by acclaimed artists Matt Small and Dan Hiller strike the right tone and finish off the restaurant beautifully.
The talented and very personable Chef Lale Oztek’s trained at Le Cordon Bleu London and also cooked at renowned fine dining outposts such as Bernadi’s and Zucca – voted the best Italian restaurant in the 2015 National Restaurant Awards.
Chef Lale Oztek certainly brings her skill and superb craft to create a selection of plates that are inspired by fresh nutritious ingredients and flavours, sourced from the local market and London based suppliers including Cannon & Cannon, Bread Ahead and Androuet.
As my guest and I took our seats and began to explore the menu, we were guided by the knowledgeable and friendly Angus who helped navigate us through the plethora of dishes on offer and provided some excellent recommendations that would best be suited to our individual tastes.
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