Des McDonald’s pop-up project on the Roof at Selfridges, Oxford Street, will relaunch Forest Restaurant & Bar on 24 March with a new look and menu. Last year the restaurateur and London’s landmark department store transformed the outdoor space into an autumnal woodland version of Forest Restaurant & Bar, but its latest iteration will have a spring time feel.
As guests step out of the dedicated express lift they will be welcomed by a ‘living wall’ of plants, and Selfridges destination sun terrace will be decked out with floral themed potting sheds.
The menu is overseen by Lee Bull, group exec chef for Des McDonald Restaurants and head chef Steve Wilson (previously at Vintage Salt Upper Street and Liverpool Street). Small plates include: Devonshire goat’s cheese served with seasonal vegetables and cobnuts and seared beef, salt cured egg and Keen’s cheddar crisp. Among the mains: Slow cooked wild boar and buckwheat pasta; charred Welsh lamb ribs served with garden herb sauce and cod “a la plancha” with shaved asparagus, peas and lovage. Breakfast will be served weekdays from 11 am.
McDonald’s first project on the roof at Selfridges was a trial of his American-inspired BBQ spot Q Grill back in the summer of 2014, it later became an outpost of his chippy chain Vintage Salt before transforming into Forest Restaurant.