This May, renowned chef Mark Sargeant is bringing modern British dining to the iconic Tower of London with the launch of Sargeant’s Mess, an all-day restaurant, bar and deli, created in collaboration with independent hospitality group, CH&Co, and Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London.
Set within the Tower of London environs, on the banks of the Thames and framed by Tower Bridge, Sargeant’s Mess will pay homage to the heritage of this historic location with a menu of modern British seasonal dishes for which Sargeant has become known. The all-day restaurant menu, created by Mark with head chef Simon Oakley – who has worked with Mark for over five years – will focus on British classics with their signature twists.
In the restaurant, breakfasts will feature ‘Smoked haddock kedgeree cake with poached egg’, while lunch and dinner menus will include ‘Atlantic cod with dripping chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce’ and ‘Roast red onion and Gruyére tart with celery & apple salad & walnut pesto’. There will be a rotating selection of daily specials, including ‘Pressed shoulder of lamb, minted potatoes & mushy peas’ and ‘Crispy Gressingham duck leg with broccoli & mash’. The adjoining cafe-deli will focus on grab-and-go options, including fresh soups, vegan salads and filling sandwiches, served in biodegradable packaging.
The 85-cover restaurant will have a relaxed, modern look with restaurant seating and counter dining in the bar area. The adjoining cafe-deli will focus on takeaway options, with an additional 10 covers for quick lunches and coffee breaks. Launching in time for summer, the restaurant will also have terrace seating offering an additional 40 covers, overlooking the river and the Tower.
An accessible, affordable wine list, premium beers and seasonal cocktails have been chosen by Mark to complement the food offering, whilst a terrace bar will serve prosecco on tap, frozen cocktails and beer slushies during the warmer months.
The joint venture between Mark Sargeant, CH&Co and Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is a result of CH&Co’s recent retention of its catering contract with HRP and its commitment to provide fresh, innovative food, beverage and service experiences for the millions of visitors to the world-famous attractions the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace, and to those living and working within each locality.
CH&Co and HRP are delighted with this new partnership/addition, which is part of a significant investment in the catering facilities that will help realise ambitious growth plans and respond to consumer demand.