Any new venture headed by star Chef, Nico Simeone (of 111 by Nico), is always going to be well worth a gander.
And his latest brainchild, The Hebridean, is no exception. Just opened on Great Western Road, this atmospheric gastropub celebrates the flavours and culture of the Outer Hebrides. Black pudding from Stornaway, as well as fresh lobsters and botanical gin from Harris, all have starring roles on the menu.
On arrival, we were welcomed with the aforementioned Isle of Harris Gin, infused with hand-dived sugar kelp from Hebridean Wildfoods.
We were then treated to flavoursome hors d'oeuvres featured salmon, lobster, black pudding, mussels and haggis sourced from the Outer Hebrides, all served with island flair.
Decor touches like bronze stag's heads, Scottish artworks and re-purposed wood from Hebridean fishing boats all conjured up a cosy and stylish Western Isles vibe.
While the busy open-plan kitchen certainly added to the buzz (there was definitely some distinctly Scottish magic at work in there...).
By the looks and tastes of things, this brand new gastropub could soon become one of the West End's essential dining spots. In fact, it already feels like it is...