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Aqua shard is an exciting restaurant and bar serving contemporary British cuisine against a backdrop of stunning views of London from Level 31 of The Shard. Here on our blog we share our latest news, stories about our great suppliers, details of special events and glimpses behind-the-scenes at one of London’s most fascinating restaurants.

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We look forward to sharing the enjoyment of aqua shard with you!

Executive Chef Dale talks about Autumn and Salsify

IMG_1722We spoke to Executive Chef Dale Osborne about why he likes Autumn, and what we is looking forward to cooking this season.

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Fish to Dish: seabass and seaweed

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Our seabass dish is a perfect example of highlighting how produce can naturally enhance flavour profiles – roasted seabass with confit heritage tomato, pickled dulse and sea lettuce.

We stopped by the kitchen to speak to Executive Chef Dale Osborne about how he preps this dish and why he chose to match these flavours together.

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Meet the team – Luca Missaglia

Meet our Bars manager Luca Missaglia. He talks about where he likes to eat, drink and what inspires him.

We also caught up with Luca about what is coming up at aqua shard for autumn and winter.

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Brunch, a truly British invention

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‘Brunch’ has become synonymous with weekends, a leisurely meal, a carefree time with friends and family. But where does this very contemporary way of eating come from? What is surprising is that this weekend tradition is not quite as new as you might think, in fact this meal time is positively old fashioned!

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Spotlight on: Our Loch Etive smoked trout

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The lochs and streams of the Scottish Highlands have been the cornerstone for generations of fishermen and women, and we are really pleased to be celebrating their produce on our menu with RR Spink & Sons’ smoked trout. The trout we use is served in one of our starters with trout roe, rock samphire, crispy skin and crème fraiche, is sourced exclusively from Loch Etive.

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Tipples and tea at our Roald Dahl Afternoon Tea

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An Afternoon Tea isn’t complete without the ‘tea’! For our Roald Dahl Afternoon Tea we have numerous options to accompany your delightful, fun filled bites.

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Commi Chef Evelyn cooks at Chefs of Tomorrow

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On Monday the 4 July one of our chefs, Evelyn Ragui took part in an event for young, talented chefs called Chefs of Tomorrow, which is part of the TMRW project, a project that looks to support up and coming talent in the hospitality industry.

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Behind the scenes of the Roald Dahl Afternoon Tea

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It takes a lot of (fun) work to come with a special Afternoon Tea like the Roald Dahl 100. One of the great things about a menu such as this, is it brings different teams together to create the magic.

Back in January, a full team got together to brainstorm ideas; General Manager John Wiltshire, Executive Chef Dale Osborne, Head Chef Pip Sandrey, Marketing Director Hannah Berry, Marketing Manager Judy Tse and Bars Manager Luca Missaglia. Over an afternoon the creative ideas and collaboration between marketing, the kitchen and front of house operation began. Read more +

Sorbet & champagne: our new ‘Summer Cocktails’

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We think this summer should be all about sorbet and Champagne! Refreshing, flavourful, fun, and always a treat.

As a child, summers in Italy for Luca, our Bars manager, were full of fresh, fruity sorbets, and he wanted to recreated that feeling of childhood delight in a delicious frozen treat. Like chefs, bartenders get inspiration from seasonal produce and Luca is no different. He explained that “creating new drinks is about taking familiar techniques and adopting them, and being inspired by the environment you’re in, so with these drinks I wanted to use the beautiful British summer fruits and herbs available to us, and make a delicious sorbet”.

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Game, set and match

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It’s Wimbledon time again! We have always felt that a great way to enjoy a tennis game is to sit back, relax and sip on a cocktail (or two).

In homage to the great sporting event, Bars manager Luca challenged his team with a competition to create cocktail around the theme of Wimbledon. The bar team of 12 were split into four teams of three, to work together and develop something delicious.

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