Hicce opens in Kings Cross
(full restaurant name: hicce x Wolf & Badger.)
Chef Pip Lacey and co-owner Gordy McIntyre, who heads up front-of-house, have opened hicce X Wolf & Badger at the much anticipated King’s Cross development, Coal Drops Yard. An 80 cover restaurant situated on the top floor of lifestyle store Wolf & Badger, hicce (pronounced ‘itchy’) offers all day dining from midday onwards seven days a week.This is Pip’s first standalone restaurant, since leaving Michelin starred restaurant Murano and following her win on Great British Menu 2017. Pip and Gordy have been backed by Pip’s mentor and friend, chef Angela Hartnett.
“Open and accessible dining based around a menu of sharing plates”
Pip and Gordy played integral roles in the design of hicce and worked with Houlbrook & Co and Atomic Interiors to help them realise their vision for the restaurant. The overall aim was to develop a design that reinforces the values of the hicce concept: open and accessible dining based around a menu of sharing plates produced using the wood fire as a primary fuel source. Coal Drops Yard is a former Victorian coal depot so the existing site is rich with industrial character but the design deliberately contrasts this.
The layout is arranged around the theatre of the wide open kitchen and large bar; the seating frames the view through the open pass and the windows at the back of the kitchen draw your eye to the action.
Oak, brass, leather and soft natural colours complement the existing architecture and allow the food, drink and people to add the colour. The design uses simple wood furniture such as spindle back chairs from Hay Furniture and a bespoke leather sofa designed by Simon Cahill
As three walls of windows flood the room with natural daylight the lighting is predominantly architectural and can be controlled for evening ambience, with the addition of one dramatic contemporary Globus chandelier by Pedret the mouth blown glass orbs add a twinkling counterpoint to the exposed ducting and original rafters. Bolero bar lights by Rubn and the Lederam wall light by Catellani and Smith add to the ambience.
The finishes were kept natural and honest, such as the raw plaster finish around the kitchen and the stained wood bar design that sits somewhere between mid-century modern and the furniture of George Nakashima.
Wolf & Badger Creative Director & Co-Founder, Henry Graham says: “Pip and Gordy’s passion for hicce and its contemporary concept made them the obvious choice as restaurant partner for the new Wolf & Badger flagship. We are creating a unique, experiential destination at Coal Drops Yard and hicce’s menu, service and atmosphere will be an exciting addition to the space.”
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
020 38698200 www.hicce.co.uk
Photography: John Carey