The Sign of the Don is a new bistro and bar adjacent to The Don Restaurant, offering good value modern European cuisine alongside an impressive array of accessible fine wines.
The opening of The Sign of the Don re-unites chef James Walker and head of operations Giuseppe de Wilde who worked together for seven years at Le Pont de La Tour. Walker has created a menu of modern British dishes with an occasional nod to the sites' Spanish and Portuguese heritage, sometimes using recipes handed down by the owners' families
The décor of the new establishment also emphasises The Sign of the Don’s Iberian heritage, including cork from the Portuguese cork producers Amorim, and sherry casks converted into banquettes and sculptures.
In keeping with The Don and the Bleeding Heart restaurants, wine will be a focus at The Sign of the Don. The changing selection will regularly feature a number of Spanish and Portuguese wines, as well as options from the Wilson’s award-winning vineyard, Trinity Hill, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and some great vintages of the European classics. Diners can select their drinks via an interactive system, where details about the wines, the winery and the winemaker are displayed on wall-mounted LCD screens, and can be ordered at the touch of a button.
The cocktail menu will include classic drinks made from craft gin and vodka as well as signature Sherry and Port cocktails. Craft beer will be supplied by Adnams of Suffolk and in a nod to Robert Wilson's Scottish forebears there will be an extensive range of single malt whiskies supplied by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
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