Pennethorne's At Somerset House

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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | The Metropolist

The newly refurbished New Wing of Somerset House has just opened a stylish new cafe, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar, which has taken its name from the 19th century English architect, Sir James Pennethorne, who designed the original New Wing.

The theme for the 85-cover cafe was inspired by Pennethorne’s travels around Europe, particularly France and Italy. Catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu certainly boasts a European flair with a modern English contribution – all of which has been devised by head chef, Richard Robinson.

For breakfast, there’s a selection of toasted treats, such as banana bread or orange brioche, otherwise why not opt for the French inspired jambon and gruyere croissant, or the soft boiled egg with buttermilk soldiers? Lunch is particularly Italian with mozzarella, black olive, pickled peppers, baby spinach and basil mayonnaise on focaccia or there’s courgette and montasio frittata.

The evening dishes boast flavours from all three countries, with meat including air dried Yorkshire lamb, Iberico ham, mortadella or saucision sec, and cheeses including Gorgonzola, Vacherin and Berkswell. The vegetarians will be impressed by the selection of salads that are on the menu, too.

With this new opening, Somerset House has ensured it’ll be visited for more than one reason from now on.