Chalk Pit – A New Pub for Streatham
Chalk Pit opens on 2nd November in the old Beyrouth premises. It’s the brainchild of friends James and Tom, who have worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years between them and saw Streatham as the perfect place to launch their first site. The pair have lived in SW London for the last decade and wanted to be based locally. Streatham ticks their boxes because there are already some great places to go out eating and drinking, but there’s plenty of potential for more as the area is evolving fast.
We’ve been visiting Chalk Pit as the refurb progresses: “it’s been a hard couple of months getting everything ready for opening, but we’re nearly there! The site’s been empty for over a year, but we saw the potential and fell in love with it”, said Tom. Chalk Pit is Tom and James’ ideal for a modern pub: great drinks and delicious food served with a relaxed “stay as long as you want” vibe. The interior is stunning-retaining the original oak windows and using original elements to create a very stylish environment.
Attention to detail is crucial to the guys’ vision for Chalk Pit, from a special cold room to ensure the beers are stored and poured at a perfect 4ºC - to the suppliers they are using. “It was really important to us to make sure we are proud of everything we serve, so the food and drink menus are deliberately short, and crammed with products we really love”, said James. Tom runs a craft beer distribution company, so the pub has access to the best beers, meat is coming from the Ginger Pig butchers and fruit and veg will be delivered fresh from New Covent Garden Market. Head chef Matthieu Fessard is ex-Pizarro in Bermondsey, and he’ll be hand making buns and flatbreads and getting creative with snacks on the pub’s Big Green Egg barbecues and custom-built yakitori grill.
We can’t wait to try it out on when it opens on Friday 2nd November!
“Above all we want people to treat Chalk Pit as their new local. The food and drink will be great, but above all we want it to be a brilliant place to socialise and relax.”
We’ll raise a glass to that!