POMUS: A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT, WINE BAR & BOTTLE SHOP

POMUS Margate chefs

A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT, WINE BAR & BOTTLE SHOP IN MARGATE, OPENING 16th MAY
POMUS, a new neighbourhood restaurant, wine bar & bottle shop from hospitality entrepreneur Ryan Jacovides (ex-Jamie Oliver & White Rabbit Projects) is launching this spring in The
Centre, Margate, just ten minutes’ walk from Margate train station on the famous Kent coast.

The new 40-cover restaurant & wine bar (complete with basement tasting room & event space) derives its name from the Ancient Greek word for fruit tree – ‘pōmus’, which also symbolises
‘new growth’, and is the first solo restaurant venture from hospitality pro Ryan Jacovides, who brings over two decades of hospitality industry experience to the project; as non-exec director of
renowned Bristol-based Pasture restaurant group and ex-managing director for White Rabbit Projects and Jamie Oliver Group respectively.

Ryan is joined by superstar head chef and MasterChef 2015 finalist Tony Rodd (owner of the ‘most famous moustache on MasterChef’), who will head up the kitchen and oversee the food
menu at Pomus. Tony and his wife Becky have relocated from London to Margate ahead of the launch, following the recent closure after five years of their beloved Copper & Ink restaurant in
Blackheath Village.

FOOD
Taking inspiration from Kent’s bountiful natural larder, Tony’s low-waste, gluten-free menu will feature creative, seasonal bar snacks, small plates and generous larger sharing dishes;
showcasing the very best local British produce, from suppliers such as East Kent Growers, Whitstable Oyster Fishery, Northdown Butchers, Moons Green Charcuterie and Cheesemakers
of Canterbury.

Dishes on the Pomus launch menu include:
● Crab doughnuts with Marie rose sauce
● Beetroot tartare, pickled beets, beetroot & rose jelly, baron bigod sauce (v)
● Chicken karaage, buckwheat waffles & togarashi spice
● Chorizo madeleines with manchego custard
● Pea pancake, friggitelli peppers, burrata & sundried tomato tapenade (v)
● Barbecued langoustine tails, razor clams, fennel relish & cucumber ketchup
● Barbecued red mullet, wild garlic risotto & piquillo pepper sauce
● Veal schnitzel, slow cooked hen’s egg & anchovy mayo
● Peanut & banana bread pudding with rum & chestnut ice cream

DRINK
Located in one of England’s most influential wine making regions, the wine list at Pomus will champion the best of British bottles from award-winning local producers, such as Chapel Down,
West Well, Gusbourne, and Balfour; as well as showcase exciting new artisan wines from boutique suppliers, and offering a different drop available each day, for just £5 a glass.

The drinks list will also include a ‘made-in-house aperitif’, crafted using botanicals native to Kent, and seasonal cocktails such as a rose hip negroni or citrus rum punch, alongside a
signature ‘house spritz’, also priced at just £5 a glass.

DESIGN
The main restaurant houses 40-covers in total, with a combination of counter dining at the open bar kitchen and banquet seating and a private downstairs tasting room for larger parties and
events (hosting up to 12 guests); complete with a bottle shop and kitchen provisions store.

Hospitality sector specialists Chrisp & Waterhouse are leading on the interior design, having worked with Jacovides on multiple projects over the last ten years, including Pasture. Interiors at
Pomus will be cosy and intimate, featuring organic shades of olive green and terracotta throughout. Sustainability is a key part of the refit for Jacovides, and will include recycled table
tops and stool bases, sustainable cork, and repurposed kitchen equipment sourced from in and around Kent.

Pomus is the latest establishment to join ‘The Centre’ – once Margate’s key retail hub, the area is now undergoing a major glow-up transformation, quickly becoming the city’s food and drink
quarter, with much-loved local establishments Mariachi Mescal & Tequila Bar, Palms Pizzeria, Curve Coffee Roasters, and Modern Provider Bakery already on site, and in full swing!
On Pomus, Jacovides comments:
“My family and I have been holidaying in Margate for many generations, and back in my more rebellious years I used to bunk off school and come to Margate with friends, to visit the old
Bembom Brothers, which is where the Dreamland amusement park now sits. Even back then I said I’d open a bar here, and having now lived in Margate for a while, the time feels right to live
out a long standing dream.

I’ve been a fan of Tony’s food for a while, so when he closed Copper & Ink, I decided to reach out in the hopes he would be interested in heading up the kitchen at Pomus, and luckily, he said
yes! Ultimately, I wanted to partner with someone that champions the industry, and is as passionate about it as I am. We’re also both half Greek-Cypriot, which is a strange coincidence,
but perhaps something that has led us to this place together, where family and community are set to be an intrinsic part of the Pomus ethos.

From the start, we agreed that great value and generosity were essential factors. At Pomus, we want to be led by community, with an accessible menu in a relaxing space, away from home and
work.”

 

POMUS neighbourhood restaurant, wine bar & bottle shop, will open 16th May in The Centre, Margate, Kent.

Please follow @pomusmargate for further updates on launch date, soft launch & final menu details.

ABOUT RYAN JACOVIDES, POMUS FOUNDER
@ryanjacovides
Pomus is the result of a cumulative journey for founder Ryan Jacovides – from collecting glasses in a local pub, to two years running multiple sites as group MD at once hospo powerhouse
Jamie Oliver Group, where he worked for a total of eight years with Jamie, leaving in 2017.

Since then, Jacovides has worked at a wide range of hospitality businesses, such as White  Rabbit Projects and brunch stalwarts Megan’s, specialising in growth and expansion planning,
and remains a founding-partner in the Bristol-based Pasture Restaurant Group, which he launched with friends upon leaving Jamie’s in 2017.

With a deep rooted love of Margate and its surroundings, and long-term vision of running a restaurant within its vibrant community, Ryan’s dream is finally set to come true with the
inception of Pomus, set to open in Margate this spring.

ABOUT TONY RODD, POMUS HEAD CHEF
@tony_rodd
Hailing from a Greek-Cypriot family, Pomus head chef Tony Rodd grew up in London and Essex, and learnt to cook in the kitchens of his mother and grandmother. Recognisable as the
man behind MasterChef’s most impressive moustache, Tony made it to the show’s finals 2015, cooking in some of the UK’s top establishments, before launching the now closed Copper & Ink
restaurant with wife Becky in London’s Blackheath for five years.

Now head chef at the soon-to-open Pomus, Tony’s low-waste menu will showcase his signature eclectic, flavoursome dishes, alongside a life-long passion for provenance and pasture.

Opening hours*
Wednesday – Thursday – evenings
Saturday & Friday – all day
Sunday – daytime
POMUS
9 The Centre
Margate
Kent
CT9 1JG
@pomusmargate
*10 minutes’ walk from Margate train station

 

 

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