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What we’ve been up to… Coal Vaults

With a lively menu and a distinctly NY feel, Coal Vaults is a vibrant new venue in Soho’s Wardour Street for drinks and light dining.

Located in a space originally used for storing coal in the 19th century, the 100 capacity restaurant and bar immediately transports you to the Big Apple before you even take a sip on one of its funky fresh cocktails.

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At the official opening last Thursday, guests including TCÉ were treated to some of its seasonal dishes in canapé form, including borscht (Ukrainian beetroot soup) with dill and dark rye, crab on home baked brown soda bread and some tantalisingly tasty Bombay chips accompanied with chutney.

The menu, which focuses on quality seasonal ingredients, will be updated regularly by the team and also includes such impressive-sounding delights as ‘5 hour shoulder of lamb’ cooked in hay and lavender and ‘pulled’ rabbit with smoked black beans. For game lovers, there’s even quail on offer served with with orange and pickled walnuts.

What’s really impressive however is the prices, with all small-plate dishes coming in at between £4 and £9.

The main event at this cosmopolitan venue is of course the cocktails, with one to complement every dish. Forget clichéd staples like Martinis, Mojitos or Sex On The Beach; here it’s a more sophisticated affair with twists on old cocktail classics, like the ‘Manhattan Spring’ made with soda and chrysanthemum vodka.

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The space also includes five additional separate vaults for private dining, which could prove ideal for a West End night out on the tiles or a big birthday bash.

Open seven days a week from 4pm to midnight, the restaurant and bar is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs Martyn Simpson and Felix Leuschner.

The two have brought together a team of young idea-driven talents to bring their latest venture to life, including Chef James Knox Boothman – previously involved in GRUB at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

Packed to the rafters on Thursday, if its opening night is anything to go by, Coal Vaults is set to be a pretty bustling and happening spot indeed. We strongly urge you to go and check it out for yourself. (Words: Aoife Moriarty)

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