If you want to go for a slovenly, all-American feast of pork belly ribs, mac’n’cheese burgers, boozy oreo shakes, butter rum toffee puddings; live music and cocktail hours, you won’t find it here.
Unless you know where to look.
The original in a now hugely successful string of restaurants, Dirty Bones Kensington started life here as a street-level hot dog stand before growing into a fully-fledged restaurant and cocktail bar. Head down there, and you’ll find yourself in a subterranean retro drinking den with maroon tiled walls and 70s seating. If you’re here for the restaurant, however, you’ll need to step through the old photobooth – a portal to a raucous speakeasy-style diner with bare concrete walls; geometric wallpaper on the ceilings; and vintage bric-a-brac scattered about.
Slide into a booth for brunch, lunch or dinner, and you’ll be presented with a menu of classic American diner food injected with an additional layer of indulgence. Want fries? They’re topped with crispy lamb and jalapeño. Fancy some short rib? It comes with espresso-spiked BBQ sauce. Just want to keep it simple with a cheeseburger? Tough luck mon ami, it’s trapped in the form of dumplings.
As you tap your feet to the live band (Thursdays) or old school DJ (Fridays & Saturdays), your attention will no doubt turn to the drinks. Following the theme of obliterating all restraint, they’re similarly hefty – schooners of beer, dessert cocktails, picklebacks and a hard shake…
…which is precisely what you’ll need to get out of that food coma.
NOTE: Dirty Bones Kensington is open daily from 5pm (weekdays) and 12pm (weekends) till late. Live music is every Thursday from 8pm. To book a table and find out more, head HERE.
ALSO NOTE: You can now also find Dirty Bones in Kingly Court (Carnaby), Soho and Shoreditch.
Dirty Bones Kensington | 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
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