Des McDonald’s On the Roof with Vintage Salt – Preview

Tim Firmager
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Des McDonald will launch On the Roof with Vintage Salt pop-up restaurant at Selfridges on 1 May. This British summer restaurant, bar and terrace (for space up to 120 guests) has been inspired by a Cornish fishing village and will be a space where diners can enjoy a unique British seaside dining experience high above the streets of London.

Vintage Salt is set to be the al fresco dining destination of the summer and the ideal venue to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. The Drift Bar, located on the terrace will have a separate express lift entrance, accessed via a ‘boardwalk’ which will be lined with nautical ropes guiding the way to the outdoor terrace. The interior of the venue features blue and white accents, drift wood, deck chairs, coloured beach huts, cut summer flowers and contemporary art.

The wooden beach hut bar will serve an extensive list of chilled reds, rose, white wine and champagne and the dedicated G&Tea bar will offer Gin cocktails. Guests will have the opportunity to escape the sun in one of the two beach huts or enjoy a tipple from the special sundowners menu on the terrace deck chairs while watching the sun go down over the London skyline. Guests need not the fear the infamous British weather as a retractable roof will protect against any sudden downpours.

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For diners, Vintage Salt will be open for late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner seven days a week. The all-day Beech Oven menu will offer the highest quality seasonal produce and incorporate ingredients and flavours that bring the quintessentially British seaside to London.  The daily weather report and shipping forecast for seven days will also be noted on the menu.

Starters from the Beech Oven menu include a selection of oysters, Earl Grey smoked salmon, London particular fritters with Colman’s dressing and Spiced tuna tartare served with avocado and pickled cucumber. Main course options comprise an array of fish dishes including Lobster buttie with truffled fries, Camden Hells fish and chips and Halibut fish finger sandwich.

Lighter offerings will also be available such as the Salt baked beets salad with whipped goats cheese and sweet hazelnuts and a Chopped salad with house smoked chicken and Shropshire blue cheese.

To finish, the pudding menu features some quirky twists on classic dishes including a Chocolate burger, Caramel brownie sundae dip and the Vintage Salt cigar.

To make a reservation please call 020 7318 3287 or email

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.