Modern Britsh restaurant Juniper Tree is ready for its opening Saturday 26 November 2016 in Belsize Lane.
After ten months of hard work spent on the project, the restaurant is coming to life and Juniper Tree’s general manager, Kirsty Landles, said the opening will significantly benefit the area.
“Belsize Park is already a lively area,” she said. “But we will deliver an excellent standard of service at all times and I’m confident the guests will enjoy it.”
Belsize Park is home to some famous residents, such as Chris Martin, Tom Hiddleston, Sean Bean, Jude Law, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kirsty hopes one of them to come and have dinner sometime.
The restaurant occupies two floors, with 17 square wooden tables and the bar at the ground level, and another nine tables plus a chef table downstairs for a total of 60 covers. Visitors will be able to see the chefs at work at all times.
French head chef Vincent Millet
The 20-year-experienced French head chef, Vincent Millet, feels comfortable at the idea of being seen by the guests while working.
“I don’t really mind it,” he said, “I think it’s good if they can see the food preparation because when they see the chefs cooking, they could feel trustful about what they’re eating. It’s like looking at the stage of a theatre.”
The Juniper Tree, named after the owner’s daughter, is expected to offer a wide range of organic food, such as spelt mixed seed bread, sirloin of grass fed beef, shin of beef organic ale pie, Rhug farm chicken and tarragon croquette, together with some refined wines that comes from all over the world, such as Coates and Seely Brut Rose, Milton Gewurztraminer, Morgan Highland Chardonnay, Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau Loupiac Gaudiet
“The organic movement has grown fast in the last few years,” said founder Andy Kent. “Organic means working with nature, highest levels of animal welfare, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and lower levels of pesticides. I combined my love for nature together with the passion for the best British ingredients.”
The menu will also include dishes for vegans, such as the roasted heritage beetroot and butternut squash and the wild forest mushroom risotto.
The restaurant will be open from Tuesday to Friday for dinner only, while during the weekends a typical English breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
The Juniper Tree is less than ten minutes walk from Belsize Park station (Northern line) Swiss Cottage station (Jubilee line), or Hampstead Heath (London Overground).