MasterChef: The Professionals contestant and The National Chef of the Year 2020 semi-finalist, Nat Tallents, is set to helm the kitchen of new The Box Kitchen & Bar. Having postponed its original May 2020 opening date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new dining experience launched on Friday 25 September with an exclusive preview weekend for a select few Plymouth residents, before opening to all on 29 September.
The new destination restaurant will open within The Box; a £44m cultural and heritage attraction based in Plymouth.
Opening as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, the museum celebrates Plymouth’s rich historic and cultural make-up. Paying homage to Plymouth’s heritage, the restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from around the world, while produce remains from nearby coast and countryside.
The striking restaurant will provide diners a safe, socially distanced setting to enjoy a selection of dishes that embrace local and fresh ingredients from around the region. The new space will feature a vast backlit bar, floor to ceiling windows and historical figureheads that have been retrieved from a flotilla of Royal Naval ships suspended from the ceiling. This modern and unique restaurant is far from a museum amenity; it’s an attraction by itself.
Previously executive chef of The Plume of Feathers in Cornwall, Nat Tallents will oversee The Box Kitchen & Bar. The new dining experience will take advantage of the wide-open space, using both inside and out on the patio to provide diners a safe, spacious environment. The kitchen will initially serve breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes, before launching their evening menu from mid-November.
The breakfast menu includes a Mexican-inspired breakfast flatbread, as well as items like pancakes with maple syrup and smoked bacon. The lunch menu includes a beetroot and halloumi burrito and Devon beef minute steak.
There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and dishes that cater for a range of allergies.
Nat Tallents said: “The Box Kitchen & Bar will be everything the community space around it represents: welcoming, fun and hospitable, with great food and drink made with the best seasonal produce we can source. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this exciting new chapter and can’t wait to welcome our first guests in September.”
“And what’s even more exciting is that come November, we will be launching our evening service which will be a whole new experience within itself.” reveals Nat. “We want to create a destination dining venue, where people are drawn in by the quality and exclusivity of our menu, curated wine and drinks list to match, and the unique opportunity of sharing that experience during the twilight hours onwards alongside the incredible figure heads”
The museum’s unique space offers the perfect setting for exclusive private gatherings, weddings and Christmas parties.
The Box Kitchen & Bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 – 4pm.