The Alumni of Climpson's Arch
Climpson's Arch has hosted many a pop-up restaurant, here's a little dedication to those involved.
Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends
Our first resident, back in 2012, was Dave Pynt. Focusing on barbecuing, Dave put his own spin on a classic Aussie BBQ. He launched the Burnt Enz supper club, which gave him a platform from which to launch his current venture, Burnt Ends restaurant.
Based in Singapore, Dave is continuing to flourish, with his restaurant coming number 14 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.
Tomos Parry, Brat
Tomos Parry, took over the reins at Climpson's Arch 2013 - 2015, serving grilled delights with influences from his Welsh homeland. Whilst our resident, Tomos won the coveted Young British Foodie's award, and continued to set his heights high as he moved onto run the kitchen at the award-winning restaurant Kitty Fisher's, before opening his own restaurant, Brat. Brat opened in 2018, inspired by his Welsh heritage and the open-fired grilling techniques found in Northern Spain’s Basque country. The same year Brat quickly won its first Michelin star and was voted London’s best restaurant by National Restaurant Awards 2019.
Som SaaSom Saa is the brain child of Andy Oliver, Tom George and Mark Dobbie. Serving regional Thai food, using seasonal British produce and Asian ingredients, Som Saa went down a storm with customers and critics alike. Marina O'Loughlin from the Guardian gave Som Saa 10/10 for food saying "Som Saa's food is a thrill-ride for the senses. Everything is fresher, more vibrant than you'll find elsewhere!"
Following their residency at Climpson's Arch, Som Saa managed to gain £700,000 in funding to get their own brick and mortar. Now serving up the same fantastic Thai food at their restaurant in Spitalfields. Watch this space for their plans coming soon in 2020.
After their critically acclaimed year long residency, Leo went on to open Londrino, a Portugese restaurant, before moving on to The Sea, The Sea. His latest project is Restaurant Claro - a restaurant and wine bar in Soho, inspired by Portugese tabernas, which is opening in 2020.