Grays & Feather spreads its wings

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Grays & Feather is opening a further two sites in London.

Owner Andrew Gray launched Plume in Covent Garden in 2018 and, before the end of this year, Finch will open in Brixton, followed by Peregrine in Leadenhall Market.

Like Plume, both will be hybrids, and Gray will be tailoring the offering according to each location.

Finch, scheduled to open at the end of September, will be occupying the former site of Brixton independent The Wine Parlour, which closed at the end of last year. “It will be 35 covers, and we’ll have treats like cheese boards and burratas and also lobster rolls, and we’ll see what else we can make work in such a small site,” Gray says.

“They are both fairly small sites and they are very community focused. Brixton [artist’s impression pictured above] will have much more of an English focus and the wines will be a bit more off-piste with a focus on natural wines, whereas Covent Garden is more traditional.”

Leadenhall will see the arrival of Peregrine in November if everything goes according to plan.

“At Leadenhall I doubt any natural wines will be listed,” says Gray. “They will be more iconic and premium. I’ll take inspiration from what’s already there, but it’s a very interesting mix with a lot of tourists at the weekends.”

Before he found his permanent base in Covent Garden, Gray had a pop-up on the South Bank, specialising in fizz, which continues to be the case.

“We have more bubbles than anything else,” he says. “In Covent Garden we’ve found that the demographic is so broad, you have everyone walking through the door, so you have to represent more or less everything, so we added on cocktails and beer quite quickly.

“My wine list is about 100, but I have more sparkling by the glass than still wines.”

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