Chef Adam Handling to launch a sustainable luxury pub in Old Windsor for a perfect countryside escape
You’ve likely heard of Adam Handling as one of London’s most progressive and innovative young chefs, but in characteristically forward-thinking fashion, he is coming out of lockdown with another exciting expansion. On 17th May, the renowned chef will be opening his first ever venue outside of London, The Loch & The Tyne, a restaurant and pub with rooms, situated in the countryside of Old Windsor.
Following an unprecedented year for the hospitality industry, including the closure of two of his own restaurants, Handling is determined his group will bounce back from this long year of lockdowns all guns blazing, with the opening of his first-ever pub. The chef intends to maintain his eco-conscious focus by making this one of the most sustainable establishments of its kind in the UK, complete with luxury bedrooms for overnight guests.
Everything about The Loch & The Tyne is rooted in “sustainable British luxury”, with exceptional attention to detail in every corner and truly personal touches throughout. The venue is the perfect countryside location for weddings, private events and country getaways. The team have designed bespoke packages, including the Gastronomic package, which offers a two-night stay, lunch or dinner in both Handling’s flagship restaurant The Frog in Covent Garden and The Loch & The Tyne, as well as a private chauffeur to take guests to and from each of the locations.
The chef’s vision for The Loch & The Tyne is for it to be a local favourite, a home-from-home for destination diners, as well as enticing both UK travellers and international holidaymakers looking for the perfect countryside escape.
The Loch & The Tyne will be Adam’s take on a traditional British pub. Open seven days a week, every day of the year, it offers a relaxed and cosy space where guests can pop in for a quick drink or retreat for the day trying out the thoughtfully curated list of local craft beers and wine. The menu will celebrate English wines, both still and sparkling, as well as offering a fine wine selection at much lower margins to make it accessible to all.
The range of pub snacks will be an exercise in luxurious sustainability, showcasing Handling’s commitment to minimising food waste and creating quintessentially British zero-waste dishes. The team will be utilising the whole lamb, including the offal, to make their own haggis for Haggis Scotch Egg, Sauce ‘a Broon. It’s also in the pub where guests will find signature snacks – those craving the famous Chicken Butter will find it served with warm Newcastle brown ale sourdough, and, of course, the chef’s much-loved Cheese Doughnuts will be in plentiful supply.
With co-chef proprietors Steven Kerr and Jonny McNeil having been Adam’s right-hand men for so long, there’s no doubt guests can expect the same Adam Handling brilliance in Windsor that they have come to know and love in London. As well as signature favourites from over the years, including Mother, Lobster Wagyu and The Frog E1’s legendary mac & cheese, you’ll find some new additions from Kerr and McNeil’s fresh country inspiration, utilising the vegetable gardens that have been designed for a constantly-changing sustainable menu. Although the full menu is yet to be revealed, guests can expect a true celebration of seasonal British produce, including a take on Balmoral chicken, with foraged wild garlic and black truffles – and the Sunday lunch is also one not to be missed. Equally, no pub is a pub in Handling’s eyes unless it has an incredible trifle on the menu, and this one is a real treat as the recipe is inspired by McNeil’s grandmother.
The restaurant interiors will reflect the history of the building and the local area. Originally two gamekeepers’ cottages, wood plays a huge part in the design along with characterful accents of brass and copper. This more traditional style is cleverly juxtaposed with some of the chef’s favourite modern art pieces.
The two bedrooms available at The Loch & The Tyne have been created with history and luxury in mind – every piece of furniture tells a story. Expect ultra-comfortable beds, a freestanding bath in the living room and peace and tranquillity all round. Room packages include a decadent breakfast feast and the ideal countryside extras, such as full access to the gardens and the option to take one of the Nespresso Velosophy bikes (made using recycled coffee capsules) for a spin round the local area.
Whilst Handling and his group are widely known for their commitment to sustainability, this opening represents an opportunity for the chef to implement it on a larger scale that’s rooted in every aspect of the building. He’s determined to make this one of the UK’s most sustainable pubs. The site includes its own vegetable gardens, orchard, flowerbeds, an area for composting biodegradable waste from the kitchen and solar panels to reduce electricity consumption. Handling has also teamed up with Estrella Damm to create an eco-beer garden which will incorporate solar-panelled phone charging points, blankets made from recycled materials, hot water bottle covers knitted by the chef’s mum and table décor using homegrown herbs. Upcycled furniture has been used throughout the entire building, and water used in all of the sinks will be recycled as toilet water, minimising water waste.
Handling is keen to stress that his new venture is a group effort: “Without the strength and versatility of my incredible team, I wouldn’t have even been able to open anything this year, let alone this absolutely stunning pub. I’ve always dreamed of having a pub as part of the group and to have Steven and Jonny, who have both worked with me for such a long time, at my side is such a great feeling. They aren’t just my team, they’re my best friends and have helped me to build my restaurant group. To be able to make them co-chef proprietors is the most exciting and rewarding feeling in the world. I’ll be visiting them every Sunday for a roast and a pint!”
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