Des McDonald’s Old Broad Street restaurant, ‘Fish & Chips by Des McDonald’, has changed its name to Vintage Salt following the success of McDonald’s latest restaurant opening at Selfridges, On the Roof with Vintage Salt. Since opening at the beginning of May, Vintage Salt has been fully booked, serving seasonal British dishes to more than 500 diners per day.
The name change also reflects the evolution of Fish & Chips by Des McDonald, from serving ‘posh fish and chips’ to the sophisticated seafood restaurant, bar and terrace it is today. As well as serving fresh, sustainable haddock and cod with hand cut chips, head chef Steve Wilson (previously of Scott’s and Daphne’s) has introduced Cornish meat and fish to the menu. Dishes include Sea reared trout served with charred asparagus, lemon and herbs, Cornish lamb chops with spring vegetables and green sauce and Cornish shrimp burger served with spicy tartare sauce. This continues the Cornish influence that is so successful at On the Roof with Vintage Salt.
Meanwhile The Bar at Vintage Salt serves over 200 drinkers per day summer cocktails such as Pomegranate Tree (a mix of Havana 7 yr vanilla liqueur, pomegranate and mint) and Vintage Salt (a blend of Courvoisier VS, pear brandy, passion fruit and cinnamon) on the newly opened terrace. A menu of chilled red, white and rose wine is also on offer, as well as a selection of champagne and sparkling wine, including Gusbourne Estate and Skinny Champagne.
“The name change to Vintage Salt is the next logical step for the Fish & Chip brand,” says Des McDonald. “It is more reflective of what the City restaurant has become and will continue to evolve too, especially as we look to expand and open further Vintage Salt restaurants outside of London.”
The newly named Vintage Salt will continue to serve an exceptional range of fresh, British dishes from its location in the City. The Fish & Chip Shop in Islington on Upper Street will also be changing its name to Vintage Salt. This will happen next month as part of a gradual transition for the brand.