Patty&Bun founder enters pub market

Joe Grossmann has taken on The Watermans Arms in Barnes.

Joe Grossmann (pictured), founder of London-based burger brand Patty&Bun, is set to enter the pub market after taking on The Watermans Arms in Barnes.

In the kitchen will be head chef Sam Andrews, previously of The Camberwell Arms and Soho’s Ducksoup, who is creating a menu that features the likes of cannelloni, pumpkin and radicchio; hake, mussel, tomato and bread stew; spit roast chicken with chicken fat polenta; and rainbow trout with cicoria and preserved lemon. 

There will also be a rotating specials board featuring whole market fish cooked over coals, sharing chops and steaks from the in-house, whole-animal butchery.

Leading the front-of-house team is general manager Simon Walsh, formerly of the Anglesea Arms in Hammersmith, which is thought to be one of London’s original gastropubs

"The Watermans Arms has been a long-time dream of mine and as soon as there was the opportunity to take the space and prospect of building something truly special within an area I grew up in, there was no looking back," says Grossmann. "The bones of the place are incredible, with high ceilings, beautiful original windows and doors along with a balcony overlooking the water. There are not many locations like it in London, it’s completely unique and iconic.

"It's in fantastic hands with Sam and Simon spearheading the project – two absolute legends who I’ve known for a while and always greatly admired. We want to build a place that people cherish and come back to again and again. A place that is built into the fabric of the community and a destination for food and drink lovers to come and discover."

The Watermans Arms is due to open in September.

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