Here at BIRD we savour any excuse to party. And so do our friends over in St. Moritz.
That’s why this December, Switzerland’s legendary Badrutt’s Palace Hotel kicked off silly season in style with the launch of King’s Social House in partnership with much-loved British chef and restaurateur, Jason Atherton. Hailing an animated revival of the oldest (and in our opinion the best!) nightclub in Switzerland, an extensive renovation by Rosendale Design has made way for a new-look bar-cum-restaurant-cum-nightclub.
Show-stopping murals painted by Swiss street artist duo, Bane + Pest, adorn the walls whilst a stylist central bar will ensure glasses are never left empty of classic and mulled cocktails, inventive punches and chilled champagne.
Living up to its epicurean past (King’s Club has welcomed everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Alfred Hitchcock), King’s Social House celebrates interaction. The menu of predominantly winter comfort food combines Atherton’s iconic sharing dishes with several classics from the region thrown in. The celebrated pork-pie trolly has made its way over from London and his popular sharing jars filled with whipped humus and duck rillettes are, without question, the stars of the show. There’s also plenty of locally sourced seasonal dishes and a modern take on the very traditional Swiss fondue.
Easing into the evening, King’s Social House takes things up a notch with visiting DJs entertaining into the wee hours. A roster of roaming international names take centre stage this winter, curated by legendary DJ Mr. Mike and including names such as Joe T. Vannelli, Mousse T, Danny Rampling, Tom Novy and Kenny Carpenter who played at the infamous Studio 54.
A keen skier, Atherton has long cited St. Moritz as his favourite ski destination and is excited to contribute to its growing gastronomic landscape. A true passion project, Atherton comments, “I love to ski with my family in St. Moritz and have been going for as long as I remember. I enjoy the energy and excitement of skiing and want to echo this in a dining experience for customers that is somewhere they can socialise and integrate. The service, atmosphere and sharing plates on the menu encourage a sociable dining experience; a place where people can visit not only for the food quality but as a truly special place where they can be comfortable and cherish time with loved ones.”
King’s Social House is open from 1 December 2018 to 1 April 2019 with rooms priced from CHF 450/ £330