So here’s what’s happening when Two Cats closes

The buzzing Jewellery Quarter is set to get a new restaurant in the space occupied by Two Cats.

Two Cats’ chef-patron Niki Astley announced in July that he was closing the much-praised restaurant because of volatile trading conditions.
He is handing over the running of the space in an atmospheric former jewellery workshop in Warstone Lane to a new team.
The new venture will be called Grit and will offer an a la carte menu of dishes high on quality but reasonably priced.
The aim is to create a neighbourhood restaurant that’s casual and fun and which will attract return visits.
Here’s the sort of dishes that will be on offer.

It’s beef shin, broccoli, dandelion coffee sauce, pistachios and horseradish cracker.
Niki, who is considering relaunching his Salt & Earth pop-up concert after stepping away from the restaurant, said: “Some months ago we announced the closure of Two Cats Kitchen. It was a sad move but not one I regret.”

The kitchen will be headed up by Canadian chef Graeme Jackson who worked under Niki for the early part of this year.

He will be assisted by Isadora Gavilett, who has also worked at Two Cats and has also worked at Restaurant Adam’s.

The service will continue to be run by restaurant manager Georgiana Radenschi (above) and head waitress of Two Cats Kitchen Caitlin Mansell (below).

The price of dishes will start at around £2 and rise to about £18.
The drink focus will be on wines and craft beer.
Service will be casual and intimate.

Here’s what the menu may look like.

Cured Iberico Pork shoulder £8
Italian fennel sausage £5
Nocerella olives £3
Sourdough, bone marrow butter £3
Carrot soup, salted caramel, almond mascarpone & coriander £5
Nduja ravioli, root vegetable & thyme infusion £7
Octopus, soya beans & Iberico ham £8
Jerusalem artichoke, apple, sprouts & smoked cream £5
Dandelion coffee glazed beef shin, dill pickle, mustard & kohlrabi £14
Honey poached cod, miso braised cabbage, pancetta & dill £14
Corn fed chicken, pot roast celeriac, parmesan veloute and kale £13
Caramelised cauliflower, scorched salad, truffle, cheddar & sunflower seed £12
Smoked new potatoes, roast peanut & garlic mayonnaise £4
Endive salad, bergamot dressing and spiced bread croutons £4
Sweet potato & corn succotash £4
Raspberry, sable biscuit & tonka bean £6
Chocolate, malt  & pecans £6.50
Selection of cheeses £8

The details

Grit will be open Monday to Saturday evenings from 6 and serve lunches from Tuesday to Saturday from 12-2.
Lunches will offer one of the main course items at £9, varying daily.
Bookings are now being taken from the second week of October right through until Christmas and can be made through email at
Phone lines will open from October 17.
You can follow Grit on Twitter @GritFood.