The duo will take on the site of former south east London institution Village East, once a textile factory, making use of British produce to create a “relaxed neighbourhood environment”.
The menu includes dishes such as Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nut, and truffle, and venison tartare with beef dripping. Cenci will also offer daily specials. Rib of retired dairy cow and gurnard with crab bisque, carrot, and seaweed might well make appearances, we’re told.
Cenci told Harden’s: “We strongly believe in the quality of produce that we use and where it comes from, with simple, rustic comfort food we want it to be a local restaurant that not only Bermondsey is proud of but London too”.
At the bar will be Antonio Del Monte, who has The Ned and the Soho House Group to his name. Cocktails will be botanical and seasonal, while wines will focus on Britain and the New World.