After months of negotiations, partners Dan Nathan and Jess Simmons are now well underway with plans to transform the former Pane Vino site into Beef & Brew, which they tell us will be a “quality, casual and indulgent steak restaurant, with affordable prices.” The opening date is pencilled for Thursday 17th September.
So expect cuts such as a flat iron at £12.50 and a hanger/onglet for just a tenner. Both stand very keenly against local competitors like Patron (where the onglet is £19) or the Bull & Gate’s Black Angus sirloin (at £20).
Alongside these cuts there’ll also be things like short rib braised with stout and treacle gravy and a salt beef brisket on rye with beer cheese and pickles (pictured above), plus a smattering of chicken and beetroot veggie options for any diners not feeling enamoured with beef.
Look out for cauliflower cheese croquettes, ducks hearts and jam or lemonade aubergine chips among the interesting sides, too.
Excitingly, chef Jess has worked her way up through the ranks at Angela Hartnett’s restaurants, before setting up the kitchen at London Fields Brewery. She tells us that she loves adding beer to her recipes, and craft brews provide the drinks focus of the new menu too. Expect beer and food matching ideas to go with those beery recipes, and some beer cocktails too.
“London is full of good steak restaurants, but not many that are casual and affordable,” Dan says. “Jess and I share a love of quality, unpretentious food and Beef & Brew will reflect that.
“The most important thing is that we’ll have a classically trained Michelin chef, dedicating herself to simple and indulgent food, which isn’t all that common in casual dining.”