This little street used to be a place I frequented way-back when. There was this amazing club called Iceni over 4 floors which had some of the best music including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz and live sets. The folk who frequented this place were chilled individuals all about the fun. It was a place for universal appreciation of good music, good vibes and throwing shapes like just don’t care.
Fast forward a few years and that site is now taken up by table dancing and hostessing. I am no hater, you make a living how you can and I guess I am too old to do the clubbing thing these days. Wandering down this little street, it is good to see some cute little pubs and enticing restaurants. The whole vicinity of Shepherd Market is like a little village with a community of locals and workers, enjoying being bang in the middle of everything, but still free of the tourists.
When I hear the name Hatchets, it springs to mind something quintessentially British, a bit like the high street store Hackett. Hatchet has made its home in a 1700 building on White Horse Street. A grand setting for food that you hope lives up to its surroundings. It does. The food is spectacular and surprisingly presented in a less than busy room. This is such an unfortunate thing though, when you stumble on a great restaurant and the rest of the foodies have not caught up with how amazing this spot is. Granted, it’s in the lower ground floor, so in the Summer, folk huddle together outside the local pub, or dine ground level looking out onto the sun through windows but surely the food should be a huge draw.
I myself loved this place. Basement or not, the food eclipsed a lot of British cuisine that promote their michelin stars and celebrity chefs.
I am flying the Hatchetts flag and I hope that all will follow to enjoy this hidden gem. So let’s talk about the food. I will not use descriptive words to fill a sentence, I will just say that it was absolutely lush. Starters consisted of snails in a soupy risotto with bags of garlic and an order of a light crab and nectarine salad.
For main course I opted for the glazed chicken cod. Weirdly an aroma of chicken, but taste of cod. My guest had the lamb with steamed baby broccoli. We luxuriated with side orders of baby gem, blue cheese and walnut salad and fried Courgette
It is a fine dining experience worthy of its posh Mayfair location. People get in there, you are missing out big time.
5 White Horst Street