The artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is cooking phenomenal food at his new London restaurant.
Once an obsessions starts in me, it’s hard to stop,” says Dominic Dromgoole, the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He could be describing his lifelong fascination with the 16th-century playwright—as he says, “Shakespeare has been for me what religion is for other people, a sounding board to bounce everything off of.” But in fact, the obsession he’s talking about is his gutsy new East London restaurant, Maeve’s Kitchen. “On my way to work one day I spotted an old pub for sale on East Lower Clapton Road that sparked an idea,” he recalls. “By the time I got to my office I had already designed the napkins and the menus.”
Maeve’s Kitchen feels almost like a theater set inspired by Dominic’s childhood. He was raised by bohemian parents on a 15th-century farm in Somerset. The look of the restaurant was created by Punchdrunk, the experimental theater company that debuted the interactive Sleep No More in New York City—there are worn wood floors, vintage farm tables decorated with flowers picked from the tiny garden out back and walls with a patina that looks decades old. Everything is carefully arranged into what Dominic calls a “happy chaos.”