The Lockhart’s Brad McDonald brings his talents (and authentic Deep South cooking) to Soho with a new BBQ-focused restaurant Shotgun; Matt Whiley (AKA The Talented Mr Fox) put together the cocktail list. This latest slice of Americana to hit London opened in the growing restaurant hub that is Kingly Street (just off iconic Carnaby Street). The last few weeks only have seen Dishoom open an outpost there, as well as Dirty Bones.
Mississippi-born McDonald will cook a traditional ‘low and slow’ barbecue, drawing on classic Southern flavours, using British meat and produce, all smoked on Shotgun’s wood-burning smoker using English and European hardwoods.
A selection of snacks and sandwiches will be on offer at the bar all day with a more extensive menu available in the evening, alongside a range of lacto-fermented pickles including radish, cauliflower, beetroot, carrots and turnips. On the menu by 100g, half or whole; or to share as a platter with a combinations of sides: Pork Belly / Boston Butt from George Swaledale; Dexter Brisket from Finclass; Barbarie Duck Crown from Yorkshire Game; and Jacob’s Ladder from Turner & George.
There are homemade sauces, rubs and sides to accompany this mountain of meat; as well as a regularly changing dessert menu and soft serve ice cream machine (flavours include Chipotle Chocolate; Brown Butter Caramel; and Sour Cherry).
Shotgun’s cocktail list, compiled by Matt Whiley AKA The Talented Mr Fox, will be broken down into four categories – Brown Liquor, Punch, Absinthe and White Liquor. On the menu: Prairieville Punch – Arrack – rum- jasmine white tea – hiver amer – house made Carolina rice wine; Grasshopper – Bourbon – white and dark cacao – crème de menthe and avocado milk; Fais Do Do – Rye Whiskey – Grassy Vermouth – Amer Picon – Cajeta; Little Queenie – Rye Whiskey – raspberry Benedictine – sweet vermouth and Campari and much more.