Mayfair's Getting a Fancy New Zero-Waste Restaurant

Chantelle Nicholson is one of those chefs who’s done so much, opened so many places, and won so many awards, she has her own Wikipedia page.

The one thing she doesn’t currently have is her own restaurant.

Well, that’ll all change early in 2022 with the opening of Apricity, a Mayfair restaurant which will “pioneer the principles of a circular economy”. What does that mean? Well, basically it means social & environmental responsibility. It’ll be a sustainable, zero-waste spot with a hyper seasonal menu, and all the produce will come from small-scale farmers or locally foraged ingredients. Nicholson’s already won green Michelin star (which rewards efforts towards sustainability) for her work at her former restaurant Treadwells, so that whole ‘pioneering’ claim isn’t just big talk.

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You’ll find it on Mayfair’s Duke Street, where it’s taking the place of a former fashion outlet. The designers are using a “restorative design framework”, which is a kind of zero-waste approach to interiors that makes use of the venue’s existing elements as much as possible, while still stamping on its own identity. Speaking of which, as with any good fashion outlet, there are already floor-to-ceiling windows to flood the place with light in the main dining room upstairs. Downstairs, meanwhile, there’s going to be a more intimate space with its own chef’s table latched onto the open kitchen where Nicholson will be working.

As for the food? Well, the bounty of the circular economy will provide Cornish mackerel and Shetland mussels with sambal butter & pickled pear; roasted Kuri squash with fermented fire flame chilies, miso aioli, squash seed crumb & Thai basil; venison with elderberry & walnut butter; and crispy Brussels sprouts with “spent beer vinegar” & rosemary. And at that chef’s table there’s going to be a regular tasting menu too, themed on either vegetables, meat, or fish all sourced from the British Isles.

And finally to drink, as you might expect, there’s going to be a list of low intervention wines (mostly from Britain), as well as some zero-waste cocktails making use of any leftover kitchen ingredients.

Just make sure you don’t end up getting wasted.


NOTE: Apricity is set to open in March 2022. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right HERE.

Apricity | 68 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JU

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68 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JU

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