Guest chef nights… our first night is with Great British Menu Regional finalist Tommy Heaney, representing Northern Ireland, just missed out in going to the Finals with our Head Chef James Cochran. For one night only he is joining James in a collaborative 6-course tasting menu for £75pp on the 30th September 2019 at 12:51, Upper St, London.

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Tommy Heaney is Head Chef and owner of Heaneys Cardiff, his eponymous restaurant that opened in 2018. Born in a small town just outside of Belfast called Crumlin, Tommy’s first experiences within the kitchen was in America, where he started washing dishes over the school summer holidays at his uncle’s restaurant, Legends, in Maryland. Drawn to the competitive yet creative nature of the kitchen, Tommy soon found himself running the pass and leaving with a clear ambition to become Head Chef as fast as possible.

Tommy headed to London and began working with Richard Corrigan until he realised that despite the vibrant restaurant scene, he couldn’t afford to live in London. Coinciding with the start of a new family, Tommy moved out of London and soon found himself running Restaurant Tommy Heaney at The Great House in Bridgend. It was here that Tommy was able to combine his learnings and influence from the people that he had worked with to create his own signature style. Simple, pared-back, contemporary and technically accomplished with a focus on minimal waste of the ingredients he uses, Restaurant Tommy Heaney was where Tommy developed his creative flair.

Tommy decided that he wanted to play a larger role in the Welsh restaurant scene. With his own life savings, no investment support and a popular Kickstarter campaign, the eponymous restaurant, Heaneys, opened in October 2018 – Tommy’s first solo venture - taking residence in the former site of Arbennig Restaurant after a sell-out six week pop up on the site. The 50 seater restaurant, Heaneys is centred on sharing plates and offers a daily changing menu making the most of what’s in season and available from his trusted suppliers.

Tommy has most recently launched Uisce (pronounced ish-ka), a deli and wine bar located right next door to Heaneys. This new concept gives Tommy the opportunity to incorporate more of his heritage and worldly adventures with additions of his famed sourdough bread, Irish black pudding, in-house cured, cooked and smoked meats, freshly baked crumpets and bagels, wines of forgotten grapes, and a dedicated gin list.

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30th September from 6.30pm (various starting times)

Join Tommy Heaney and James Cochran, for a 6-Course collaborative Tasting Menu





Porthilly oyster, yogurt, dill



Crab & Stitchelton tartlet



Oakley scallop, Iberico pork rib, kogi, xo



Hake, potted shrimp, cauliflower, apple beurre noisette



Ceptional (Great British Menu winning dish, 2018)



Aged Irish lamb, sea vegetables, anchovy



Walnut ice cream & roasted pear sandwich