Chop Shop

On Friday Kimberley & I went dancing. We wore little white dresses, towering heels and laughed and spun our way around the wooden dance floor until the early hours.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we could party the night away we had to fuel up so headed to Haymarket’s newest hot spot, Chop Shop.

The place is owned by the NYC Altamarea Group, so naturally has something of a New Yooiikk feel to it.

The menu is simple and very meaty.

Fillet steak, hanger steak, beef rib, pork, chicken, a huge sirloin for two… This is no place for vegetarians.

We started with “Royal Blush” cocktails.

Vodka, mint, lime, cherry and sparkling wine.

Kimberley is in the process of starting her very own blog.

She’s bought the same camera as me (the Lumix GF5), so I can give her a few pointers along the way!

To start we went for things in jars.

Prawn cocktail and duck liver mousse, which was excellent.

Followed by crispy hot wings with a cashel blue cheese sauce.

Aaannnd Kimberley chose the most inopportune time to practice her new found snap happy tendencies…

The restaurant is very new, so service is understandably a little slow.

We weren’t complaining and busied ourselves tasting the entire cocktail menu.

When my medium-rare, Creekstone USDA hanger steak finally arrived, I was very happy to see it.

It’s got a much richer flavour than fillet but it’s just as tender and juicy.

Sauce wise you can choose between salsa verde, creamed horseradish, vodka bacon peppercorn, red wine bone marrow or béarnaise

I had two on the side, salsa and marrow. Both were excellent and kept me dipping to the last drop.

Kim had soft polenta, rosemary braised wild mushrooms, braised chicken thighs & parmigiano.

Which looks and tasted like something your mum would cook you if you’d just had a terrible day.

Rich and comforting, but not much of a looker.

In an effort to appear healthy, we also shared carrots.

Which were glazed in honey, so probably not that healthy… but the thought was there.

Having started in jars, we decided to end in jars.

Pudding was served up by the enormously friendly Will, who highly recommends the butterscotch custard with salted caramel, chantilly cream and crushed shortbread cookies.

And the fudge brownie sundae with vanilla gelato, warm peanut butter sauce & salted peanuts.

Someone was pretty happy with our decision…

We polished off our cocktails and disappeared off into the night for a boogie.

I highly recommend Chop Shop for all serious meat fans.

They even do an “express menu” where you can have a starter, hanger steak and chips and a pudding for £22. Which I think is pretty good value.

The cocktails are great and it’s perfect if you’re heading out to the theatre or going dancing afterwards.

But the best part? You can book.

Details here.

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  • Isabel

    Nevermind the mains, that fudge brownie sundae looks like heaven in a glass! That would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth

    A Day in the Life

  • This has gone to the top of the list for the next time I’m in London. Delicious!

  • I can’t eat beef anymore but I am all for a meat-fest! Looks delicious. I’d certainly add your recommendation to my London-list.
    Thanks Rosie!

  • Addy London

    Hi Rosie, looks like a good night! I know you like burgers, have you ever been to the Red Dog Saloon in Shoreditch? Just posted something about it today:
    would be great if you could have a look!

    Adeline x

  • Alice

    Pate, Steak and Prawns – three of my favourite things! Looks delicious and very up my street! x

  • anya

    Wooooowww meat looks super good! Love the new blog look!

  • Hello Rosie! I would just like to say that I absolutely LOVE your blog! I think I found it (very randomly) through pinterest a couple of months ago and now I’m completely obsessed..! I love food and travel (honestly, who doesn’t) and it’s just always inspiring to read your blog posts. You actually inspired me to start my own blog πŸ™‚ aaanyways, have a nice day!

  • Pixy Norman

    again another smashing recommendation Rosie, will definitely give it a go when I visit London next…..
    the whole entire food feast look bomb diggity

  • I love the new layout of the blog, it’s so well organised! πŸ™‚ The food looks delicious and I can not wait to see Kimberley’s blog πŸ™‚ xx

  • The Broke Boy

    Holy crap! DEM WINGZ!
    Always love a good wing recommendation from you, I know where I’m going soon!

  • Emma Helen

    Mmm…steak! I like the new little rating thingy! X

  • Fabulous post, as always. I’m so excited that Kimberley is starting her own blog too! I’ll be keeping an eye out for when she gets up and running. I’m just starting up m own blog too so we’ll be fellow newbies on the scene. I can’t wait!

  • Charlotte Blackett

    looks incrediiiible!! really like your new blog, only thing i am missing is your blog roll. Charlotte

  • Sophie Brewster

    You’re one brave lady ordering wings + wearing a white dress. I would’ve failed completely.

  • kath

    Oh wow! look at little Custard at the bottom of the page! Hello Custard! Hello! Woof! HaHa! You’re so clever Rosie, this new site is great, I love clicking through to read the posts!

  • Nichola Allan

    Where did you go out? My birthday is coming up and I need a club to move onto in Soho after the cocktail bar!

  • AurΓ¨

    Hello,Ciao…lovely photos…so mouthwatering dishes…ho l’acquolina alla bocca…haha…

  • Cate Elise

    I like your new blog layout, and really excited to read Kimberley’s blog too!
    Cate xxx

  • Courtney Elizabeth

    Once again, you leave me wishing I lived in London! Especially since Will looks just as delicious as the pudding he was serving πŸ™‚ Also loving the new layout!

  • Ooh this looks like the perfect place to start a night out- lots of tummy-lining food!

    Also thanks for the camera recommendation- my little sister has been looking for a new one and this one seems good both price wise and quality wise (your photos always look lovely!) so I’ll be passing on the link to her- thank you!


    P.S- just wanted to say I love your new blog lay out but I would say it’s a shame the posts aren’t quite so easy to scroll through any more since you have to click the ‘read more’ link. Then again, maybe that’s just me!

    • Sepideh

      I actually agree with your comment Katie Jane! I check Rosie’s blog every few days so I keep up with the blog posts, so when I come to the main page, it was nice to be able to see the last 2-3 blog posts in full without having to open new’s not terribly annoying but I liked it better before. The rest of the layout seems awesome though!

  • Regine

    Hey Rosie, I love the new design and all, but the advertisement banner on the top (or maybe it’s just me?) is a tad distracting… It sorta takes the readers out of the experience

  • Wow! The food looks amazing…the brownies oh the brownies!!!! Wishing your friend the best of luck with her new blog.

    Have a wonderful week Rosie xoxo

  • Bethany Burroughs

    Oh My. It’s only 9:50 am here across the pond, and now I am already thinking of recreating these items for dinner (and dessert)! Dreamy. xoxx

  • Kaisa A

    I love your new layout! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I have never left a comment. So today I thought it was high time to do so! Love your blog, Rose! I’m always so excited to read your posts! πŸ™‚

  • Gaby

    Looks amazing! And good value will def go there with the boyfriend… we’re not much of vegetarians either!

    PS: I love the ratings at the end! Makes it very informative keep up the new tweeks!

    The Gift of Gaby


  • Oh man, oh man – looks like another winner of a restaurant! Practically licking my lips already πŸ™‚

  • Queenie Lee

    The food looks amazing and you look stunning πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Anon

    Rosie, I used to be an avid reader of your blog but recently I’ve found myself skimming through rather than really engaging as some of the content is getting a little repetitive. This is meant to be constructive criticism rather than a bashing but I find myself scrolling through and feeling like I’ve seen it all before (Paris numerous times, Yacht Week last year and then boating in Italy a couple of weeks ago, samey sort of restaurants in a small pocket of London). I guess it’s hard because the blog is about your life and so you’re documenting the things you actually do but I’d like to see something a little fresher… maybe the new layout will be inspiring!

    • stevi

      I haven’t been reading very long, so I haven’t noticed anything being repetitive and can’t comment on that, because to me “Paris numerous times, Yacht Week last year and then boating in Italy” sound so much more exciting than my life! Except I’m just curious what other types of blog posts you would like to see. Or is it more that you feel the writing itself needs to be fresher? (I’m trying to learn the ins and outs of writing my blog and your comment got me to thinking)

      • Josie P.

        I agree with both, I have been reading a few years and sometimes it is repetitive but then again it is SO much more exciting than my life! This is her life though and Rosie should not spend her life (or money) trying to impress her readers. She is like a good friend who is an exciting (But stable and reliable in the BEST way) πŸ™‚

  • elizabeth norris

    At some point I will travel to London and have a huge list of all the places to go! It’ll have to be a long trip! Where did you get your dress?

  • Lucy Birchall

    Wish I had seen this post the other day, I went to London on Friday and it all looks divine – that chocolate fudge brownie sundae alone sounds worth going back to London! Looking forward to seeing Kimberly’s blog, am just in the process of setting up mine, it’s been a long time coming! Thanks for the camera recommendation too.
    Lucy xxx

  • Cant wait to try this spot. Partly just so i can say chop shop lots. over and over. chop shop chop shop.. Good to know about the express menu and bookings policy too – Thanks for posting! x
    p.s. love the little custard face at the bottom of the new posts/pages… his clever, specs clad face makes smile

  • Dorothy HF

    You steak looks YUM!! Loving the new blog look, especially the cute little custard at the bottom of the page!!

    she goes wear


  • Love the new look of your blog! Great picture’s girl πŸ™‚

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • My mouth is watering! Looks divine.

  • As a New Yorker, I’m glad to see a little NYC in London! πŸ™‚ The food and cocktails look fantastic!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    That is a great deal! This place sounds amazing. Glad you girls had a fun night!

    Happy travels πŸ™‚

  • Amy Partridge

    I love your blog and looking through your blog and how to set one up has made me want to set one up myself. I have been working on mine for a few days using your tips and so far it is going well. Thank you

  • Gaby Dalkin

    Looks like my kinda restaurant!! I want those cocktails stat!

  • Izzi C

    This looks amazing and in my price range! good for when I pop up to the theatre in London, your posts make being back at school so much better! xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Reaaally wanna try this place now! Love the value for money!

  • That brownie sundae looks amazingly delicious!

  • jen

    Enormously friendly Will is also enormously cute Will! πŸ˜‰

  • Looks like a great place! Btw, your new blog design is ah-mazing πŸ˜€


  • Anna M

    Oh my so yummy! how on earth do you drink all of those cocktails? Tell me you drink water?! And only you could look so glamorous eating a chicken wing!

  • Liria

    Is this Will Guess’ new place??

  • I just bought the Lumix GF6 camera – it’s the upgraded version of yours. Bought it based on your pix and I am not disappointed! It’s a great camera, soooo easy to use and the pics are just fab!

  • Lucy

    Rosie, those desserts look absolutely divine! I’m salivating just through staring at them on the screen!

    I’m pleased to hear that Kimberley will be starting to blog. You’ll have to let us know her link!

    Lucy x

  • Sounds (and looks) like an amazing little restaurant! And love the new blog design! xx

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  • Bob Costas

    Nice piece of meat

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    It’s official, I simply must move to London! I am extremely new to the blogging, and you inspired me to start one! I may not be as popular as you, but I find great pleasure in creating posts and finding new ideas and taking pictures for people to see. I need to get my blog a little more out there but am not too sure how to go about it.

    Let me know what you think

    With love from Montreal xx

  • Shannon

    I’ve never commented on a post before, but I felt like the lovely new design deserved a big compliment! Love the fresh design, it’s perfect for you. xx

  • TheGivingBride

    Oooh I love a good champagne cocktail and red meat!
    I know where I’m going the next time I’m in London πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Contreras

    Your blog is lovely and I always look forward to reading it. It is YOUR blog, so never mind the negativity. πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful – & yummy – as always!

    p.s. I’m also voting for keeping your posts out of the “read more” format on the front page πŸ˜‰ just a personal preference but an important one me-thinks. XO

    p.p.s. Are there any of your famous meet-ups planned in late September? I’m coming to London… πŸ™‚

  • Sepideh

    Wow everything looks SO delicious!!!!!!!! Wish I could have tried this place when I was in London a couple of weeks ago!!

  • Shaina

    Rosie– LOVE the new blog. Just wanted to let you know that it is not linking over correctly from Bloglovin. I may not be the only one who uses Bloglovin to follow you, so thought you may be able to look into it!

  • Daisy

    Rosie why did you ruin your blog πŸ™ NOONE likes blogs that you have to individually click into each and every post!! go back to the old one!! I know i will be reading you less if you keep this new one

  • I feel the exact same way about healthy eating ‘if there’s vegetables then it’s kind of healthy’. This looks absolutely amazing, especially the wings! I had wings with blue cheese at the Sloans street food launch in Glasgow and they were DELICIOUS.


    Water Painted Dreams


  • Samantha Rae Sookie Kemter

    You simply *must* try the burger – best burger I’ve EVER HAD in my life – fact. S x

  • Paris

    Hang on, has no one noticed that Rosie is friends with Made in Chelsea star Kimberly? Maybe I’m just a bit slow (haha probably) but it only just clicked!
    Not sure bout you guys but I friggin hated Kimberly when she was on MiC!
    Really love your blog Rosie!

  • Fride Dimmen Stokke

    Hi! I just moved to London and I was wondering if you have any suggestions where to go for drinks and a good night out? Thanks!