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Wine specialist to open second eatery & bar in Covent Garden

Independent wine specialist, 28°-50° is to launch 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen in Covent Garden in January 2020, a second branch for the brand.

The new site will offer brasserie-inspired food and a thoughtfully curated wine selection spanning both old world and new world wines.

Tucked in the heart of the Seven Dials theatreland district, the new 180-cover wine bar & kitchen is spearheading a new foodie hub, The Yards.

28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen is owned and operated by privately-owned group, Riviera Restaurants and Luxury, and Founder Richard Green has personally designed the new venue.

The new site will house a dedicated champagne bar, plush table and bar seating. Guests will be impressed by a highly Instagrammable cork bottle wall, and black and white images of Riviera group’s château and vineyards in France.

It will feature a main restaurant, and a private dining room, Oak Room, Oyster Bar and Wine Room.

Elaborating on the group's DNA of hand-picked wine lists, curated by passionate in-house sommeliers, 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen will serve up a plethora of accessible and high-end wines by the glass.

With wines exclusive in the UK, such as the Chateau de Candie from the restaurant's own vineyard in the Alps, visitors will be guided by passionate and insightful in-house sommeliers on hand to help advise with their choices. Key highlights include: 2006 Huba Szeremley, Badacsonyi Ke´knyelu´ from Hungary, Saint Aubin, Les Pucelles, Domaine Lamy Pillot from Burgundy or a sweeter Tokaji-Megyer, Aszù also from Hungary.

With a European-inspired menu of eclectic food, the seasonal dishes are created with skill and imagination by 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen’s highly talented executive chef, Julien Baris.

Serving simple and seasonal modern European fayre, dishes span from the Light Bites Menu with an impressive Charcuterie Selection as well as Cheeses From Fromagerie Beillevaire, a to Pre & Post Theatre with Corn-Fed Chicken Breast with Hispi Cabbage & Shallots and Apple & Rhubarb Crumble with Cinnamon Ice Cream to finish.

Signature favourites from the A La Carte Menu include: 28°-50°’s Artichoke Tempura with Chermoula Mayonnaise, crispy golden lightly battered Artichoke hearts, topped off with a spicy relish, creating a perfect starter, paired with a Totara Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

There's also Stone Bass with Celeriac Choucroute & Shellfish Bisque, a fresh and flavourful Stone Bass with a sophisticated and rich shellfish bisque, paired perfectly with a Bornemissza.

Other dishes will include Duck Confit with Homemade Duck-Fat Chips paired with the Bourgogne Chardonnay, along with 28°-50°’s Famous Hot Dog with Caramelised Onion, Ketchup, Mustard Pomme Paille & Brioche Roll paired with Gruner Veltliner.

Green said, “We wanted a prime space with real character for our flagship concept, and The Yards is an ideal location.

'This restaurant will build on our brand’s strong food and wine heritage, with a décor redolent of our famous wine workshop, but with a modern twist, to meet The Yards’ development ambitions.

' Our location on Upper St Martin’s Lane is both well-connected and highly visible taking advantage of the dual aspect footfall from where Seven Dials meets Covent Garden.”