West Is Where It’s at – Meet Me at Maple New Bar and Restaurant Now Open
White City, known for being the home of the Beeb, is fast becoming London’s latest hotspot and a mini-metropolis. As well as hot hotels and superlative shopping, there’s now distinctive destination dining with Maple, from London operator ETM (The Botanist, Greenwood, Aviary).
Bringing masterful mixology and exceptional food to the area and part of Westfield London’s new £600m expansion, Maple is a stunning new bar and restaurant that has been created to appeal not only to the thousands of creatives that now work in White City, but shoppers and families flocking to Europe’s largest shopping and leisure destination.
Open all day, every day, for morning coffee, light lunches, after-work drinks and dinner, Maple features a central statement bar, dominated by six overhanging copper beer tanks. Set across a number of levels, the venue is warm and welcoming with seating covered in a variety of fabrics, from rose pink and azure blue velvet through to leather. At the weekend, savour Maple’s charming atmosphere to the sounds of one of their resident DJ’s playing from 8.30pm, every Thursday through to Saturday.
Kick back in a booth or grab a spot at the chef’s table and feast your eyes on all the culinary action from the open plan theatre kitchen. The ‘see and be seen’ table seats up to 14 on a raised level and is perfect for larger and celebratory meals whilst an expansive alfresco terrace, available to book and decked with overhanging planters and heaters, means you can take advantage of what’s becoming Britain’s best summer on record.
Designed to be enjoyed as part of the dining experience or as a stylish drinking destination in its own right, the bar menu includes small plates such as a soft-shell crab slider; maple-glazed chicken wings with sesame seeds and spring onion; and poached chorizo with turmeric mayo and crispy shallot.
Sip on a carefully curated list of contemporary cocktails, from the Grapefruit Speranza – a bitter twist on the Aperol Spritz combining Aperol, Belsazar rosé vermouth, pink grapefruit and Prosecco; or the smooth yet fruity Rhubarb & Rumble, combining Chase rhubarb vodka, Aperol, rhubarb bitters, orange marmalade, egg white and lemon. If beer is more your thing, enjoy fresh, unfiltered, unrefined craft brews, served straight from tank to glass.
Menus feature elegant, classic dishes using impeccably sourced ingredients from sustainable, artisan producers including rare breed farmers and day-boat fishermen. All-day dining highlights come in the form of the freshest tuna tartare with avocado, a ginger dressing and seaweed crackers; beef carpaccio with Berkswell and roasted hazelnuts; grilled octopus and squid salad; confit duck leg on a bed of cannellini beans, pancetta and blackberries; and the best burger in town – a 100% beef patty topped with streaky bacon and smoked cheddar and served with plenty of fries.
Breakfast and brunch dishes run from the virtuous to the downright decadent with choices such as fruit plates and granola sitting alongside the likes of hot crumpets and sweetcorn and chilli fritters.
With the spotlight moving away from east London to the creative cool environs of west London – get a taste of London’s hottest new locale with a visit to Maple.