Sven-Hanson Britt’s debut restaurant, Oxeye, will open its doors this October at its new home in Embassy Gardens.
Sven’s new venture will bring food, drink and art together in a space that combines a fine-dining restaurant, bar, shop, private dining room and gallery which will showcase artwork from up and coming London artists.
“Oxeye has been the best part of 10 years in the making; from formulating our ideas in the fields of Park Farm in Derbyshire, to finding the perfect site in Embassy Gardens,” explains Sven. “The concept remains the same as it did all those years ago, a true celebration of the incredible bounty of produce found on the British Isles, from Hampshire wasabi and Cheshire saffron to British truffles and English sugar and birch sap for sweetening.
“The restaurant has its own smallholding in Derbyshire where we grow some fruit, vegetables and hedgerow crops to supplement produce from a number of tiny growers and producers across the country. These artisans, farmers and true heroes of British food are what inspire us and push us every day to create more and more delicious food.”
The fine-dining restaurant at Oxeye will host six sittings, three lunches and three dinners, a week, serving a full tasting menu created by Sven and his partner Kae Shibata and their team of chefs.
Adjacent to Oxeye will sit Bar Rex, an informal bar and shop space offering the widest selection of English, Irish and Welsh wine in the country. Atop the building will be Oxeye’s private event space and art gallery complete with outdoor terrace area.
The interiors at Oxeye make use of beautiful collectibles gathered by Sven and Kae over the years, including Japanese ceramics produced in Ibaraki made by Kae’s uncle, who is a monk and ceramicist, wool and skins from their own animals throughout the restaurant as well as charcoal made from bones and plant matter from the farm.
Oxeye will use leather from distributors Billy Tannery and glass, steel and porcelain from traditional British brands like antique Royal Crown Derby.
In tandem with the launch of Oxeye, the team are opening an exhibition space upstairs which will showcase a series of street artists from London and the surrounding areas. The gallery will kick off with a joint exhibition from ‘Murvellous’, ‘Opake’ and ‘Paul Lock’ from October.
Adjacent to this will be Oxeye’s private dining space, open for hire for corporate events and special parties as well as a series of wine dinners, details to be announced.