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Arthur Hooper’s near Borough Market: Food for the Soul

SEEN was pretty gobsmacked to visit the Borough Market area last Thursday. It was rammed with people eating, drinking and flirting at top volume, drowning out the horrors of the knife attacks that so recently paralysed the area, proving yet again that Londoners step up to the plate where recovery and community support are required.

It was the same in nearby Arthur Hooper’s, packed to the gunwales with optimistic diners. The staff told us how glad they were of the moral support since re-opening the day before. My guest and I weren’t quite sure what to sample from the menu (all locally sourced from the market where possible), so we asked our lovely waiter for his advice and were not disappointed. He brought us Lamb and bulgur meatballs with yoghourt – very tender and hearty; Beef Carpaccio, salsa verde with capezzana olive oil, which was delightfully fresh; Mussels, nduja and turnip tops, in a spicy broth of just the right heat; Smoked salmon pâté with homemade pickles and sourdough bread, at once smooth and piquant. We also had Burrata, samphire (lovely and salty) and almond salad. Instead of desserts we had some goat’s cheese and Gouda, plus a glass or two of Rioja Rosado, emerging thoroughly sated on good food and friendliness to find the crowds hardly dissipated, such was their desire to steep the area in good vibes.

Hooper’s specialise in plates for sharing and that’s what makes dining there such a joy. It has a relaxed, buzzy vibe and a splendidly dark and glittering interior, designed by local lighting supremos Buster + Punch. Perfect for an assignation. SEEN recommends.

www.arthurhoopers.co.uk

Arthur Hooper’s
8 Stoney Street,
London Bridge
SE1 9AA