Blacklock announces new site — and plans to become a B-corp

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Ironing out the kinks: steaks on the grill at Blacklock  (Blacklock)
Ironing out the kinks: steaks on the grill at Blacklock (Blacklock)

Popular steakhouse mini-chain Blacklock has announced it is to open its fourth restaurant — its biggest yet — as it works towards becoming more planet-friendly and attaining B Corp certification.

The new site is set to open in February of next year in Covent Garden’s Bedford Street, taking over a basement below a former Patisserie Valerie, with room for 110. It follows the three previous spots in Soho, Shoreditch and the City; both Soho and the City are also underground.

The new Blacklock is notable as it marks a reassertion of the group’s sustainability practises. Over lockdown, it committed to a so-called “Planet Promise”, which sees them plant a tree for every customer that eats in one of the restaurants, with more than 125,000 planted so far. Now the group says it has “begun the journey towards B Corp status”, a certification that ensures a business is achieving the highest social and environmental standards, accounting for the impact of a company’s governance, workers, community, environment and customers.

As part of this, Blacklock takes a “whole animal” approach to its meat, and the new site will see it serve somewhat lesser-used cuts, including Denver steak — a tender cut from under the shoulder — as well as tri-tip steak, which is sometimes known as bottom sirloin. The meat itself comes from Cornish butcher Philip Warren, known for its sustainable, grass-fed beef. Sustainable wine will also be on tap, while the group favours low-intervention wines in general, made without pesticides. Cocktails are mixed with a “pip-to-peel” ethos, meaning, say, if a peel of orange is used for a garnish, then the leftover skin and piths will be turned into sugar syrup.

The new restaurant will open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, something that has become increasingly rare as the capital’s restaurants struggle with the double blows of both the lingering pandemic and Brexit, which have left them wrestling with a lack of staff.

Blacklock’s founder Gordon Ker said of the new launch: “It’s been a rough two years for everybody and so, over three years since we last opened a Blacklock, we are bubbling over with excitement to be looking forward, growing again and opening our fourth restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden and, in particular, creating fantastic new opportunities for our brilliant and loyal teams as well as introducing never-before-seen dishes to the menu for our guests.

“We cannot wait to open and become part of the local area, home to so many other fantastic restaurants, theatres and history.”

Blacklock Covent Garden will open on February 7 2022. For more information, visit theblacklock.com

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