Dine on modern British fare in Australian surrounds at new London restaurant Lorne. Located on Wilton Road, a five minute walk from the city’s Victoria Station, Lorne is the first undertaking from Katie Exton (former sommelier at The River Café) and chef Peter Hall (who boasts stints at London’s Brawn and three Michelin-starred Benu in San Francisco) and is born from a love for food and drink, restaurants and the good times.
Food and wine sit as equals here, seasonality and produce influencing dishes like mackerel with pickled cucumber, ratte potatoes and nasturtium, or short rib beef, onion, pears and cavolo nero; Exton and Hall having invested considerable efforts into compiling their little black book of trusted suppliers. The wine list will undergo change regularly, offering wines from around the world at fair and reasonable prices.
The space is light, sleek and modern; and exceedingly Antipodean. Using Lorne’s Australian namesake as inspiration, designer Justin Gilbert of Coriander Buildings chose colours that represent the calm, washed-out aesthetics of the Great Ocean Road; creating an open and welcoming layout that is teeming with greenery and design touches. Marble topped bar dining complements natural wood tables and chairs; whilst hand-crafted pottery and artwork add a personal touch to what is an entirely soothing space. Lovely.