Harrison’s — London, UK
Celebrity chef Rick Stein and partners Rebecca Mascarenhas and Sam Harrison thought it was about time Harrison’s, their 90-seater restaurant in South London’s Balham which they opened in 2007, had a makeover. The result, courtesy of local outfit DesignLSM, is a soothing, almost American diner-like space punctuated with turquoise bar stools and orange leather banquettes. The biggest draw of the makeover is a new cocktail bar, Downstairs at Harrison’s which features a decidedly more masculine, heavier-toned setting where the full length bar is framed by deep-set, comfy booths, and red-topped bar stools, edged with brass studs. The bar offers full table service, so wash down chef Ian Leckie’s lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie, and chilled crab trifle with a jug of the house pour.