Apricity

British, Modern European·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Apricity

Bronze Award

Personal feelings about the name Apricity aside (the restaurant shares its name with a fertility clinic located, confusingly, just around the corner), we can’t help but admire what it’s set out to do. Apricity describes itself as a ‘socially conscious endeavour’ and, even if you weren’t aware of its eco credentials before visiting, you’d probably put two and two together within five minutes of being seated.  

Chef-founder and owner of a Michelin Green Star Chantelle Nicholson is known for her low-waste approach to cooking, an ethos that also applies to the interiors at Apricity. Everywhere you look, something new has been created out of something old. Dusty pink walls are sparingly coated in plaster, second-hand sinks feature in the bathrooms while rescued chairs are made from Cola bottles. Neat. Now that sustainable is so often synonymous with trendy, Apricity feels exactly like the sort of place any in-the-know foodie would want to be seen in.

We opted for the five-course tasting menu for £65 a head, which offers the diner a choice between a plant-based or a meat/fish option for each course. As expected, it was the vegetable dishes that hit the highest notes for us: smoky aubergines with a creamy cashew sauce and intensely sweet caramelised onions, plus buttery miso-braised cabbage, trumped a plate of two slightly-chewy chunks of pork served with crunchy tenderstem (the wild garlic sauce was very good though). As is the eternal struggle with tasting menus, a few dishes felt slightly sparse and staged at times, and therefore couldn’t deliver the oomph we were so desperately looking for. To finish, you can’t go wrong with the signature chouxnut (éclair meets doughnut) which is surprisingly crunchy, doused in cinnamon and reminiscent of the freshly-fried doughnuts you get at the seaside.  

The charming and friendly team were able to help with wine suggestions and delivered each plate with genuine enthusiasm. Overall, there were great moments and needs-work moments, but you can’t knock a restaurant as do-good as this one for its conscious approach to cooking.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Dog friendly, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Former chef owner of Tredwell’s in Covent Garden, cookbook author and sustainability advocate Chantelle Nicholson heads up Apricity. The site opened in March 2022 on Duke’s Street in Mayfair and functions as a continuation of Nicholsen's vegetable-focused approach to cooking and sustainable ethos.  

The restaurant is a socially conscious enterprise that not only seeks to benefit the planet but the wider community, with the wellbeing of its team being an utmost priority. It offers mental health support via Hospitality Action and mental health training to all its members of staff, while encouraging those who share the restaurant's sustainable ethos to join the team.  

The menu changes regularly in line with the seasons and highlights the best of British produce by sourcing from small-scale farmers and local foragers. It also adopts a zero-waste approach to cooking. The same approach is applied to the drink's menu which features a series of low-intervention wines, championing English vineyards and wineries, as well as plenty of zero-waste cocktails.  

The kitchen is run by head chef Eve Seemann with examples of dishes including Cornish mackerel and Shetland mussels with sambal butter and pickled pear, roasted Kuri squash with fermented fire flame chilies, miso aioli, squash seed crumb and Thai basil, venison with elderberry and walnut butter and crispy brussels sprouts with spent beer vinegar and rosemary. 

There is a tasting menu celebrating British vegetables and another that heroes the very best British meat and fish from British Isles. Chantelle’s previous restaurant Tredwell’s was a Green Michelin star winner 2021 and her recent pop-up in Hackney All’s Well was born out of a need to preserve jobs during the pandemic and to share her sustainable approach to food.  


FAQs

Does Chantelle Nicholsen have a Michelin star?

Chantelle Nicholsen doesn't have a Michelin star, but her restaurant Tredwell's did win a Green Michelin Star in 2021 for its commitment to sustainability.

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Is the restaurant dog-friendly?

Yes, just remember to make a note when you book to let the team know you'll be bringing a dog with you.

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Location

68 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JU

020 8017 2780 020 8017 2780

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed 17:30-21:00
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri 17:30-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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5 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Lloyd S

17 April 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5

Zoe L

12 December 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Doing something really fresh and new. Their tasting menu allows you to pick from 2 options for multiple courses, which allows you to try both options if you're with another person

Anon

25 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Beautifully prepared and presented food, with a strong focus on sustainability and a menu designed to champion the vegetable but remain appealing to omnivores. Elegant yet relaxed setting, with friendly service. Not cheap, buy feels good value for money.

Denis M

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Wonderful food and wine, great staff - fun and knowledgable. Well worth the money and thoroughly recommend for a non-stuffy but high end meal.

Martin G

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Exceptional food - genuinely interesting menu with wonderful combinations from high quality produce. Everything just works! Engaging and welcoming team at this sustainable gem. 

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