It is the end of an era. After hailing as the Rockpool flagship for almost three decades, the Bridge Street institution will close its doors for good on Saturday 30th July. The restaurant will re-open as Eleven Bridge on Monday 8th August.
According to owners, Neil Perry and Trish Richards, the decision to close Rockpool is mainly a practical one. With two Rockpools so close together, they’ve found that at least 100 guests a month rock up to the wrong restaurant. Good call guys—that sounds like a logistical nightmare to us.
As far as the new menu is concerned, they aren’t giving away too much just yet. But this, we do know—the a la carte menu will be a mixture of classic reimagined dishes along with a few current favourites and a few new additions as well. The goal is to move away from the traditional concept of fine dining to a more contemporary style, still with the focus on “great produce cooked with great craft”, says Perry.
Eleven Bridge may be a new restaurant with a sparkly new interior, but the winning Rockpool team isn’t going anywhere. Delivering the food and service that we have become accustomed to over the past 27 years, Rockpool’s management team consisting of Executive Chef Phil Wood, General Manager Jeremy Courmadias, Restaurant Manager Silvio Brentan and Head Sommelier Sebastian Crowther MS, will still take good care of you.
Rockpool Est. 1989’s last service will be dinner on Saturday 30th July. Eleven Bridge will open on Monday 8th August for lunch; Monday to Friday from 12pm – 3pm and dinner; Monday to Saturday from 6pm.
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