Darby’s is somewhere for all of life’s occasions, from a post-work catch up over a pair of negronis to a masterful blowout! We believe life is to be lived to the fullest. Our NYC inspired oyster bar, large open grill and bakery will be stacked to the rafters with the best ingredients we have at our fingertips across Britain and Ireland.
‘Our goal was to create the quintessential neighbourhood joint. For us, that means the best daily bread and pastries made using British heritage grains and a celebration of craft from the kitchen, through to the bar obsessing over the best quality ingredients from our beloved purveyors. Coming from a neighbourhood restaurant background, having opened The Dairy, Sorella and Counter Culture in Clapham, Sarah, Dan, Dean and myself are taking all that we have learned since our first opening in 2013 and bringing it to Embassy Gardens. Expect an NYC inspired oyster bar, the best Guinness in town, timeless cocktails given all the love from our mover and shaker, Wes, and Dan’s Vault Vermouth made in-house. Our kitchen pays as much respect to nature as is possible by sourcing directly from farms and buying whole animals for our butchery and ageing onsite. We will be cooking large cuts over fire which means plenty of sharing dishes. As with all great neighbourhood joints, it’s nice to be in good company, our restaurant team led by Emma are only too happy to make you feel at home.
I’ve named Darby’s after my trumpet-playing father who lived life to the full and toured New York and Chicago during the 50s and 60s. This place is inspired by him and all the things he loved in life; music, food and, of course, family. We have an extensive live music line-up so please sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye on our events page to follow our revolving programme. Sláinte!’ – Robin Gill
UNSUNG HEROES (OUR PURVEYORS)
Chefs get all the credit these days, I know this as I am one and everyone thanks me for the meal they’ve had. I feel like such a fraud when this happens, our single philosophy is “We have a wonderful product, let’s try not to feck it up”. The work starts ten steps back, well before us glory hunters get our hands on it. Sure, it’s a skill that takes patience, commitment, an understanding between good and great but most importantly it’s communication. Our beloved suppliers are made up of like-minded individuals on the search for perfection through nature, patience, knowledge and extremely hard work. Without them we are nothing, our simplistic but thoughtful style of cooking and mixing drinks leaves us nowhere to hide. I cannot explain in just one paragraph how great our humble suppliers are. So, please follow our journal where we will share their individual stories week by week.