Set to open in January on the site formerly occupied by The Pelican pub, the team behind The Tommy Tucker are Claude Compton, Jim Morris and George McCabe whose aim is to turn it into the pub they would choose to call their local.
Award winning chef Compton has developed a hearty menu that reflects the imaginative and colourful style of cooking he is renowned for at neighbourhood restaurant Claude's Kitchen, based in Parsons Green, which has won him many plaudits from diners and critics. He aims to mix flavoursome street food panache with the quality and adventure of his Michelin kitchen experience.
The 80 cover site in Waterford Road, just off Fulham Broadway, will offer lunch and dinner, and alongside the cuisine there will be a carefully selected and imaginative wine, beer and spirits list including home-infused gins and bourbons. Customers will also be encouraged to explore the wine menu and The Tommy Tucker will boost a conditioned cellar for aficionados to store and sell their own wines with a transparent mark-up on the price.
'Tommy Tucker' is cockney rhyming slang for 'supper' and in this vein the new venue's offering will be underpinned by the founder's affection for the traditional London boozer.
Compton said: "As a chef, people assume you will open a gastro pub. We aim for The Tommy Tucker to transcend this label. Yes, it will have a very unique and strong food and drink offering but we ultimately aim for it to be the best version of what a traditional pub should be, a fun meeting place and the pub we would choose to drink in."
Morris added: "Claude and I have now lived in south west London for years and love the fact there is such a sense of community here. The good old neighbourhood pub is a fundamental part of building a sense of community in a busy City, and we are so excited to be able to achieve this with The Tommy Tucker."
Compton, 29, gained recognition on the culinary scene after leaving Michelin starred Petersham Nurseries to launch his award-winning street food van Green Goat and then with his first restaurant Claude's Kitchen, which opened in early 2013, and was named fourth in London's top restaurant openings by the Evening Standard for that year.