Apricity

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££££
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Bronze Award

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
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Apricity

Former chef owner of Tredwell’s in Covent Garden, cookbook author and sustainability advocate Chantelle Nicholsen has announced plans for her brand-new restaurant Apricity. The site is set to open in March 2022 on Duke’s Street in Mayfair and will function as a continuation of Nicholsen's vegetable-focused approach to cooking and sustainable ethos.  

The restaurant is set to be 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 will offer 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 is set to change regularly in line with the seasons and will highlight the best of British produce by sourcing from small-scale farmers and local foragers. It will also adopt a zero-waste approach to cooking. The same approach will be applied to the drink's menu which will feature a series of low-intervention wines, championing English vineyards and wineries, as well as plenty of zero-waste cocktails.  

The kitchen will be 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 will also be 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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68 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JU

0208 017 2780

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-22:00

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