The Sun and 13 Cantons | Soho Pub with Food Residencies
Last Updated: 13th December 2019
So, here’s a free history lesson.
The word “canton” refers to the Swiss word for county. There were 12 cantons in Switzerland at the time of this pub’s birth, and Soho’s large Swiss watch-maker community became the 13th…so this pub was named in their honour.
Fast forward to the present day, however, and you can still find that community feel in this pub – a pub which has, over the last three or four years, gained an increasingly stellar reputation as not only a great post-work watering hole but also (perhaps more notably) an excellent destination to uncover new-kid-on-the-block foodie pop ups.
Inside feels like a good ol’ fashion British booza, but with a touch of modern Soho. Specifically we’re talking dark wooden bar and high stools meets bottle green tiling, with gold trim.
Despite being part of the Fullers empire, The Sun and 13 Cantons manages to keep a level of individuality about it, due largely to the string of critically acclaimed food residencies that it’s become known for. Notable alumni include Sambal Shiok, a Malaysian laksa bar that did pop ups all over London before opening its first permanent venue in 2018 on Holloway Road; and Darjeeling Express – an all-female troupe who started out as supper club amateurs, but now run a highly successful restaurant in Kingly Court. If you don’t believe us, check out the latest series of Netflix’s Chef’s Table – they’re on it.
Currently, you’ll find Ukrainian outfit Pampushka in residence, settling in util March 2020. We feel cockily confident in asserting that you’ve probably never had Ukrainian food before, which is a pity, because the stuff they serve at Pampushka is pretty first rate. It’s all put together by Anglo-Ukranian couple Maksym Shpachynskyi & Elisha Shpachynska, who use old family recipies with British ingredients.
On the menu, they’re serving up bacon jam pirozhki; traditional dumplings; venison with cherry & mustard; wild boar-stuffed potato cakes; wild mushroom & tarragon dumplings; clay pot chicken with root vegetables; and cake made with layered chocolate & cream.
Which they probably just whipped up.
NOTE: You can find out more, and book a table for The Sun and 13 Cantons’ latest pop-up on their website here.
The Sun and 13 Cantons | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
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