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Full credit to Jason Atherton’s lieutenant Paul Hood for hitting another home run for his boss’s unstoppable ‘Social’ group – that’s the verdict on this multi-faceted venue with its assiduously casual, “distressed look” and happening cocktail bar. Chambray-shirted staff couldn’t be more accommodating, and the sommelier is a one-man PR machine for Europe’s more offbeat sips. As for ‘eating’, “utterly, utterly wonderful” is a typically effusive response. Set lunches are excellent value, though Hood’s seasonal carte has the edge: lightly blackened salmon with miso crème fraîche, BBQ cucumber and truffle delivers tried-and-tested flavours of unusual intensity, while the coconut meringue with mango sorbet, calamansi and curry crumble is an audacious flavour bomb. In between, whopping steaks, char-grilled côte de porc and combos such as roast cod with candied celeriac, Umbrian lentils and Madeira figure high on the “must-try” list. “Amongst London’s best” trumpets a fan, and we agree.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2014Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho brings a slightly retro feel to its wine list, referencing the classic old French bistro menus of the 20th century. It has charm and character and is unfussy enough to allow diners to see quickly what’s available. It is, as you might expect, mostly French – and almost entirely European – but there are some good names nonetheless and the pricing is fair.


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  1. Published : Friday, 14 March 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Social Eating House

    Social Eating House is another offering from Executive Chef Jason Atherton, whose other restaurants include Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Berners Tavern. Having already become acquainted with his style of cooking elsewhere, there is nothing especially striking about mains of seared cod, loin of venison, balsamic reductions and smoked cheeses. Offerings like this can only extend the feeling of tediousness after a dreary working day.

    Happily, the starters pack enough of a buzz to break the asphyxiating coma of this Londoners week. Wobbly soft-yolk eggs are fried in crumb and topped with just the right...
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  1. Published : Friday, 19 April 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: The Social Eating House

    It would seem that Jason Atherton is taking over the restaurant world! This week saw him open his third restaurant, Social Eating House, headed up by his long term partner, Paul Hood.

    The restaurant is located in the heart of Soho over three storeys. There is a 15 seater chef’s table in the basement, the restaurant on the ground floor and then a very funky bar, with its own entrance on Poland Street on the top floor. As with his other two restaurants, this one is a looker! Quirky portraits on the walls (I wonder who they are?), panelled ceiling and exposed brick work. It felt like a place I could easily...
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  1. Good food is worth waiting for and I have waited to eat at the Social Eating House for many, many months. After pay day, I reserved a table for 9:30pm. Now below will be a series of pictures which will be complemented by a paragraph of superlatives from me...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 10 July 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Social Eating House

    Social Eating House is the latest restaurant from Jason Atherton who also owns Little Social and Michelin starred Pollen Street Social. It’s a very pretty restaurant both on the outside and inside...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 21 November 2013

    vialaporte :: Social Eating House* // Soho // London

    Social Eating House, Jason Atherton’s latest *1 star venture is exactly what you would expect. Hidden at the bottom of Poland Street, it’s already become a favourite Soho catch-up spot for customers that aren’t looking for a fine dining experience but still expect some above average food.

    Plenty of attention has been paid to develop this new concept. The shabby chic dining room looks like a resurrected former brasserie, while cosy leather banquettes and recycled vintage cutlery are contrasted by a very lively atmosphere and some up-beat music. The swanky bathrooms have certainly had a designers touch too....
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  1. So I hear that this is one of Jason Atherton's latest ventures with the iconic 'social' tag. Seeing that Pollen Street Social has been an amazing success, I thought it wouldn't hurt to see what Jason currently has under his sleeve. Usually, I hear the description of 'British' and that just puts me off because I start thinking of mince and bland food in general. Obviously, that's quite an ignorant perspective because I haven't even tried what the best British restaurants in London have to offer such as St.Johns or Dinner by Heston. So I thought ,why not start with the Social Eating House? My inspection of the menu...
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  1. So I hear that this is one of Jason Atherton's latest ventures with the iconic 'social' tag. Seeing that Pollen Street Social has been an amazing success, I thought it wouldn't hurt to see what Jason currently has under his sleeve. Usually, I hear the description of 'British' and that just puts me off because I start thinking of mince and bland food in general. Obviously, that's quite an ignorant perspective because I haven't even tried what the best British restaurants in London have to offer such as St.Johns or Dinner by Heston. So I thought ,why not start with the Social Eating House? My inspection of the menu...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 17 April 2014

    The Food Judge :: Social Eating House. It jarred.

    Social Eating House. The clue is in the title. Social. As in Little Social and Pollen Street Social. Yes, this is a Jason Atherton venture. Jason, the Gordon Ramsay de nos jours, even has his own website. I suspect he learnt some of the global ambition stuff from the foul-mouthed one, having been executive chef at Maze, part of the Ramsay stable. From my copious research (a bit of Googling) it would appear he parted from El Gordo in 2010 and set up his own company, Jason Atherton Limited in 2010. Hasn’t the boy done well?

    First impressions were positive. Dark and atmospheric, the main room is all neon and...
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  1. Social Eating House is a lot more casual than it's predecessor on Pollen Street. Lots of bare brick walls and moody lighting abound, all very current for the London dining scene and tricky when it comes to taking pictures...
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  1. Rarely do we encounter a restaurant that actually exceeds expectations; well hats off to Social Eating House, because they managed to do just that. We’ve been fans of Jason Atherton for a long time now, but after having seen what he’s done with Little Social and now Social Eating House we’re downright anxious to see what he’ll do with his next two ventures (he’s taking over a restaurant in Tower 42 and will also be hosting a bistro restaurant in the new Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia)...
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  1. The oddly-named Social Eating House is the latest restaurant in Jason Atherton’s empire and it’s not quite as expensive as Atherton’s flagship Pollen Street Social. Whereas Pollen Street Social has a muted, inoffensive decor suited to its Mayfair location, the Soho-based Social Eating House is a tad more adventurous with wooden floors, exposed brick walls lined with various artworks and moody lighting beaming down from handsome fittings. There are a lot of tables packed in to the relatively small space, along with a few counter spaces for single diners thrown in too. The bare floors and boisterous clientele make for...
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  1. From the Soho Hotel it was a short walk to Jason Atherton’s newest baby, the Social Eating House, billed as a more affordable way to enjoy Atherton’s celebrated cooking. I have dined at the Pollen Street Social Club and loved it so I was keen to see what the new venture (which was still in soft opening when we went) would be like. Once through the heavy curtain around the entrance, there is the bar with obligatory bare brickwork and low pendant lights over the bar, and the restaurant beyond that...
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  1. Published : Monday, 17 February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Social Eating House, Soho

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    This is the next instalment of Jason Atherton’s restaurant empire. After such a delicious meal at the Little Social I just have to try this one.

    Social Eating House on Poland St was recently awarded its first Michelin star in 2014. I was not surprise as to why. The service was excellent and so was the food.

    This is probably one of the best deal for a prix fixe lunch offered only at £19 for 2 course or £21 for 3 course...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 23 January 2014

    the chic brulee :: Social Eating House, London

    Friday night we checked out Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, a more casual sequel to his Michelin-starred Mayfair eatery, Pollen Street Social (see my review here). Located in bustling Soho, the restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine and presents a sleek, buzzy atmosphere with dim lighting, quirky artwork and closely-packed wooden tables. We ate in the ground floor dining room, however, there is a cool cocktail bar upstairs as well called the Blind Pig which packs in a trendy crowd. With a series of dishes focusing on seasonal ingredients with doses of both playfulness (“P.B.J.”) and amped-up traditional...
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  1. Published : Monday, 30 September 2013

    edge and spoon :: Social Eating House

    Never having been one to jump on the bandwagon, I usually find myself firmly on the other side of the road waiting for said wagon to pass by. Compared with Jason Atherton‘s chi-chi Pollen Street Social, demure Little Social, and glam Berners Tavern, Social Eating House strikes an odd tone. Debatably, it’s Atherton’s most popular launch to date, yet something doesn’t sit quite right with me...
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Private Dining at Social Eating House

Chef’s Counter - The basement at Social Eating House houses a hidden ‘Employees Only’ dining space with an 8 seated wrap-around private bar, looking over chef patron Paul Hood’s kitchen, where you can sit, watch, eat and enjoy whilst your meal is created before you. Begin your Employees Only experience with champagne and appetizers in the Blind Pig bar, before heading to the basement for a 9-course tasting menu. -

The Blind Pig - Affectionately known as The Blind Pig, Social Eating House’s upstairs bar has an eclectic interior with a vintage twist of antique mirrored ceilings, reclaimed wooden chairs and a copper-topped bar, and can be hired exclusively and semi-exclusively for drinks and snacks. All cocktails are made with technical precision and come beautifully balanced.

Capacities

Private Room Capacity
Chef’s Counter 8
The Blind Pig (Semi-exclusive hire) 30
The Blind Pig (Exclusive hire) 65

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Jason Atherton

A Gordon Ramsay protégé and the first Brit to complete a stage at el Bulli, Skegness boy Jason Atherton is now one of the UK’s most prolific chefs. Since leaving Maze in 2010, he’s worked tirelessly, opening a raft of style-conscious ‘Social’ restaurants including Pollen Street Social, City Social et al. He also helped to launch Berners Tavern and the Typing Room, and has overseas interests in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and now New York.

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