ISSUE 60  |  Film Fest

John Salt in London: A Neighborhood Bar

February 19, 2013 6:30 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, or at least that’s the case at John Salt, a newly opened pub in Islington specializing in open-flame cuisine.

With new chef Neil Rankin at the helm, the John Salt Bar in London is operated by 580 Limited, an independent pub company managing a hand-full of unique restaurants and bars in the UK. Most of the produce is sourced from suppliers in Cornwall and 90 percent of the menu has had some degree of smoke or fire added to it. For more information, visit John Salt.

Photography by Paul Winch Furness for John Salt.

Above: Designer and curator Ben Chapman is the visionary behind the interiors. The table and some of the seating is made from Jewson’s (the UK version of Home Depot) offcuts.

Above: A detail of the counter edge.

Above: The long bar counter is clad in black and white geometric pattered tiles, paired with bar stools made from tubular black steel and wooden planks.

Above: Leather seating add a masculine touch to the bar.

Above: A simple table setting with amber medicine bottle as mini vase and French Picardie glasses.

Above: One area of the restaurant has tube lighting, cane chair seating (Cesca by Marcel Breuer), and a long tufted built-in banquette.

N.B.: Visiting London any time soon? See our UK City Guide for other visit-worthy options.