Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

London’s Best Below-Stairs Lunch, Hoxton Edition


London’s Best Below-Stairs Lunch, Hoxton Edition

September 20, 2013

Our favorite recent London culinary discovery? PipsDish in Hoxton Square, a lunch and dinner popup located on the lower level of the British Standard Showroom. Philip Dundas, a former BBC-producer-turned-kitchen-entrepreneur and his cooking partner, Mary Doherty, create improvised meals in their below-stairs kitchen, driven by their highly honed instincts and what they’ve found at the market that morning.

Philip came to restaurant entrepreurship in a roundabout way; a former BBC producer and food writer for the Guardian and The Scotsman, he started his blog, PipsDish, as a way to share “ideas about great cooking–mine and others.” In 2010, he was inspired to write his first book, Cooking Without Recipes, by his father’s late-life discovery and passion for cooking. Next, he began hosting supper clubs in his East London apartment and, after a residency in a London pub kitchen, Philip is now setting up pop-up kitchens across London to promote community through food and is working on a new restaurant in Covent Garden.

Unless otherwise noted, photography by Simon Bevan.

Londons Best BelowStairs Lunch Hoxton Edition portrait 3

Above: PipsDish in Hoxton Square can be booked for private lunches and dinners for 10 people; it’s also open as a lunch club on Thursdays and Fridays, with two sittings:12pm and 1:30pm; £20 per person. Private events can be scheduled for £35 per person. To make a reservation, call 07503 293 438 or email [email protected]. Photo by Julie Carlson.

pips dish london 3

Above: Typical in many London houses, the kitchen is in the basement, with a service stair leading to the street. British Standard kitchen designs are on display on the first floor (for a peek, go to A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles).

pips dish london 2

Above: Philip and Mary set the table with china from an old Scottish country house.

pips dish london 4

Above: “What we cook is informed too by the weather and the mood of the day,” Mary says. “French breakfast radishes always look so fresh and perky on the table, inviting you to their peppery crunch. And having bought some amazing English goat’s cheese that morning, we thought the combination of its freshness with a goats’ cheese and herb tzatziki would stir the palate into action on a hot day.”

pips dish london 1

Above: Glasses from La Rochére, a French company that has been making glassware since 1475, add a rustic continental flair. Philip sources his cutlery in second-hand shops and antique fairs; the vases are from Ikea.

pips dish london 5

Above: “We’re always tempted by colors and textures when we’re shopping; we want the kitchen to come alive with the ingredients we are cooking,” Philip says. “Mackerel from Cornwall are firm-fleshed with their silvery skins, and they roast quickly in our Everhot range; we served them with Sicilian breadcrumbs, pine nuts, sultanas, lemon, and parsley with sautéed red chard and lentils.” N.B.: Desert was well suited to the hot sultry weather, an apricot, raspberry meringue parfait.

Londons Best BelowStairs Lunch Hoxton Edition portrait 9

Above: Mary and Philip; photo via The London Luxe.

Londons Best BelowStairs Lunch Hoxton Edition portrait 10

Above: Cooking Without Recipes, with a forward by Simon Callow, is $13.08 via Amazon and £9.99 via Amazon.co.uk. Philip wrote the book for “all those people who are fed up with lists and measurements and want to learn to cook what they like to eat, from the heart.” Photo by Christine Chang Hanway

And after lunch, we went around the corner and visited the Goodhood Lifestore, Hoxton’s latest in home ware and lifestyle goods. 

See map below for location of PipsDish Hoxton in the British Standard Showroom. 

View Larger Map

(Visited 153 times, 1 visits today)
You need to login or register to view and manage your bookmarks.

Frequently asked questions

What type of cuisine does PipsDish in Hoxton serve?

PipsDish serves contemporary British cuisine.

What is the ambiance like at PipsDish?

The ambiance at PipsDish is cozy and intimate, with dim lighting and rustic decor.

What is the price range at PipsDish?

The price range at PipsDish is mid-range, with most dishes priced between £12-20.

Does PipsDish offer vegetarian or vegan options?

Yes, PipsDish offers both vegetarian and vegan options on its menu.

Is there a dress code at PipsDish?

No, there is no specific dress code at PipsDish.

What is the seating capacity at PipsDish?

PipsDish has a small seating capacity of around 30-40 guests.

Product summary  

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation