This Friday 12th April from 5pm Street Feast will be launching its gastronomic makeover of the old Travis Perkins builders merchants on Kingsland Road, known as Merchant Yard. For the whole of April, May and June hungry visitors will have their taste buds catered for on a weekly basis by not only some of London’s best loved traders, but also a special refined street food experience dubbed ‘Stripped Back by Ben Spalding’. 

The rising superstar chef’s credentials include stints at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir. ‘Stripped Back by Ben Spalding’ will offer interesting, delicious and high quality food at a very affordable price, with no compromise to great hospitality whilst sat atop a raised dining terrace overlooking the yard. Most importantly the food offered is quick, which fits in perfectly with a street food market full of vibrant, creative, food traders and other artists.

“Even from just walking around the merchant yard site, I was immediately drawn to the mezzanine part where Stripped Back will operate. The space, resources and everything about it means the food and experience will be improved further. The aim of my team and I is to cook food as interesting and of an equally high standard that you could find in any London restaurant. The difference being customers will be outside and will pay a fraction of the price. We will lose none of the charm that made Stripped Back such a success last summer. Once again it is an absolute pleasure to be involved with Street Feast and a chance to eat the food and meet all the awesome traders who make Street Feast what it is” , comments Spalding.

Additional features of the new venue will be a specialist indoor cocktail bar known as The Gin Store, with bookable tables and boasting 10 specialist gins alongside other drinks. Outside the main bar will stretch 30 feet long, combined with a lounge area inviting guests to kick back and enjoy. Lending a hand with all libations is the expert team from Rotary bar & diner. Within the yard itself will of course be the all-important traders, from mac n’ cheese to gyoza, burritos to hotdogs and fried chicken; Merchant Yard will truly feature something for everyone’s taste. Many of the guest traders will also be debuting exciting new menus. This Friday 12th April Street Feast proudly presents:

Kimchi Cult – hot, sweet and rustic Korean flavours

Bleecker Street Burgers – native New Yorker gives English beef the stateside treatment

Vinn Goute – newcomers offering Seychelles inspired street food

Rainbo – healthy, colourful food with a conscience

Mama’s Jerk Station – family-run outfit serving up Caribbean street food

Anna Mae’s – London’s original Mac n’ Cheese magic-makers

Big Apple Hot Dogs – New York inspired, hand-made in London, quality hot-dogs

Buen Provecho – traditional Mexican cuisine as taught by Abuela (Grandma)

Pop Up Barbados – unique Caribbean fare made from fine and rare ingredients

Sorbitum – generous scoops of sorbet and ice cream

Spit & Roast – East London’s premiere rotisserie van dishing out buttermilk fried chicken

Sweet Tooth Factory – Cheesecakes and Cupcakes in numerous varieties plus more treats

The Ribman – great quality meat cooked in a top secret BBQ fashion

Well Kneaded – sour dough base pizza boasting British rooted toppings

Yum Jungle – original Thai fried chicken, slaw and fries

More traders will be announced as the residency continues over the next three months.

Entry to Street Feast is free. Bookable tables are available, served by waitresses armed with menus from all traders on that evening meaning the set up is perfect for groups and birthday parties. Advance booking for ‘Stripped Back by Ben Spalding’ is highly recommended, the price per person is £27.50. Walk-ins are accepted between 5:00pm and 6:00pm only, 50 minute seatings begin at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm and 10:00pm. Guests at any 10:00pm sitting will be allowed to stay until midnight. For further details on all bookings please visit the Street Feast website.

Ahead of the launch at their new home, Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue comments: “I’ve lived in London my whole life and all over the city from Portobello Market, where I grew up, to Brixton, and from Hackney to Hampstead. Like anyone travelling around the city you see empty spaces, so one of the pleasures of running Street Feast is that I get a chance to animate those spaces, whether that’s for one night or three months. We moved to Dalston and spent 11 weeks in a great venue, added a bit of music, week by week you could see the same faces coming back and it became this lovely community event that is incredibly representative of the community. One of the charms of it is the fact that there’s something for every pocket. If you wanna come down and get your feast on, pig out, you can do that. However you can also arrive with a fiver in your pocket, have a little munch and still leave with enough change for some chewing gum. There’s a lot of work to be done to get ready for 12th April, but one of the things that keeps me motivated whilst working away is thinking about the food. Basically, if you like good food & drink there’s a lot to get excited about.”

Furthermore Merchant Yard has additional attractions in the pipeline. As well as the regular Friday street food offerings the venue will boast more, one-off special food and drink events with details to be revealed soon. Aside from satisfying the belly, Merchant Yard will also provide food for the eyes and ears with art, film and music happenings across its three month tenure.

For more information please contact us on the details below. General info


Street Feast
Merchant Yard
317-319 Kingsland Road
E8 4DL

5:00pm – 12:00am

Friday 12th April and then every Friday until 28th June

Haggerston Overground

149 / 243 / 67 / 242


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