London Shell Co. drops anchor in north London

By James McAllister

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London Shell Co. to opens first bricks and mortar restaurant in North London

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London Shell Co. will launch its first permanent land-based restaurant in March on Swain’s Lane near Hampstead Heath.

London Shell Co. Fishmonger & Seafood Bar will operate alongside the group's two floating barge restaurants, The Grand Duchess and The Prince Regent, which are both docked on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central.

The multipurpose site will hold about 30 covers and also operate as an off-trade wine shop alongside being a restaurant and fishmonger.

Grace Bryson, currently sous chef on The Grand Duchess, will head up the kitchen at the new restaurant. Details of the full menu are yet to be announced, but guests can expect whole Cornish crab to share; house-cured anchovies; and trout sausages and mash.

The decision to house a fishmonger onsite reflects an evolution of the London Shell Co.'s pivot to becoming a wet fish retailer during the pandemic.

“In our restaurants we source the best fish from around the British Isles and we are terribly excited at the thought of bringing it to a wider audience,” says brother and sister duo Harry and Leah Lobek, who founded London Shell Co. in 2016.

“And even though we have strong sea legs, we’ve wanted to open a bricks and mortar site for many years.  We love this area and we felt it could use a little restaurant like ours, so to be able to combine the two concepts is a dream come true. 

“We’re also keen to reach new audiences in another part of London – the London we know and love.  If you know us, you know that our dishes are beautiful and that we’re bon vivants​ who love our wine and socialising. This is exactly the vibe we are going for with Swain’s Lane.”

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