£15,533
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136
backers
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, January 28 2019 9:47 AM UTC +00:00.

£15,533
pledged of £50,000pledged of £50,000 goal
136
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, January 28 2019 9:47 AM UTC +00:00.

About

About L'Oculto 

It started when Mary McGeown owner of ‘57arts’, a creative workspace in SE13 approached our stall at Brockley Market and asked if we'd like to take over her space for one month. The thought of getting involved in something with the community that we’d come to love, made it an easy decision to make. We went about creating a vibrant foodie environment offering a creative tapas and natural wine menu alongside a deli and ingredients section, where customers could sample and learn about the ingredients they were enjoying so much. L’Oculto was much loved by the locals and in December 2015 went permanent.

L’Oculto is considered by the locals as a true neighbourhood restaurant, a local gem and we consider all of our customers to be part of our extended family. With the help of this Kickstarter campaign, we want to not only continue to provide them with the kind of dining experience they truly deserve but also expand our offering by running regular cookery classes, tastings and events where we'll be inviting chefs and artisan producers over from Spain to share their knowledge with you. For all of this we need a bigger space.

Using simple ingredients to create a tasty dish
Using simple ingredients to create a tasty dish
A proud moment for us when we won the 'Best Spanish Specialist Retailer' at the Decanter Awards 2018
A proud moment for us when we won the 'Best Spanish Specialist Retailer' at the Decanter Awards 2018

What people say about L’Oculto

Best eating in venue in london - One of the best restaurants going in London with excellent organic foods and wine lists from small family estates throughout the spainish region and which is exquisite, delightful and can not wait for the new restaurant to open in brockley....well done….” Luigi

“Fabulous in every way - “It is always such a fabulous treat to return to the warm welcome at l’oculto and we’ve been delighted to bring friends and family and now our newborn son. Everything is of the highest possible quality. The food is unparalleled in its flavour, originality and quality, the service and wine never disappoint. We can’t wait for the new venue to open too. Can’t recommend highly enough. Thank you and keep on doing what you’re doing!” Msejs

“An absolute gem! - “We ate here last night, the food is spot on, a small, seasonal menu sourced from producers the owners know personally and all of the highest quality, the service is spot on and you truly feel like you are in a restaurant in Spain not Lewisham! A real find and an absolute gem. If you can, GO! “ John

“Spain Comes to the Streets of Brockley - “L'Oculto is, for my money, the best restaurant in the greater Brockley area. This is made more miraculous by the fact that it doesn't really have a kitchen, and that the team behind the counter is turning out superb tapas on a hotplate and little else. They rely on the best Spanish ingredients to make it authentic and delicious, and they deliver consistently great stuff.” Marshall

L’Oculto holds a Certificate of Excellence for consistently earning great reviews.

A couple of our seasonal vegetarian dishes
A couple of our seasonal vegetarian dishes
Wild king prawns on the menu
Wild king prawns on the menu
Teresa & Irene (our chef) at Brockley Market
Teresa & Irene (our chef) at Brockley Market

We need money for

We have secured the lease on our second site and some of the works are already underway. We have big plans for this space and we’re super excited about them, plans that we know our customers are going to love and the neighbourhood is going to benefit from as there is nothing similar in the area for our local residents to enjoy and be part of.

- We are totally stripping out the interior of our new space including gutting, extending and rebuilding the kitchen with brand new equipment - you have no idea how much this means to us after working for three years in a kitchen space smaller than anyone can imagine and working off nothing more than an induction and an oven. The re-build will enable us to breath firstly but most importantly the space and new equipment means we’ll be able to experiment more with ingredients and new dishes and ultimately creating exciting new menus for our customers.

- Not only are we creating a whole new kitchen area but we’re taking down a wall and opening up the kitchen - this will enable us to not only create a connection between the chefs, the food and the customers but make cookery classes much more interactive.

- We want to transform the neglected back yard into a space that can be enjoyed by everyone, with an ‘edible garden' growing plants and herbs for use in the kitchen and within our cookery classes. This means a costly rubbish clearance and garden design that makes the area fit for purpose.

- Everyone that knows us knows how much this new venture means to us and how hard we’ve worked to get to this stage. This is not a flashy refurb, that's just not us, its simply a matter of creating something special that we can share with the community, a place with heart, a place for everyone to enjoy and be a part of.

Rewards

We have a tonne of exciting and enticing rewards to thank you for believing in us and being part of our journey. From a half day in the kitchen with our chefs, cooking with them, learning about different ingredients and techniques to a dining experience for up to 10 people with a paired drinks and tapas menu.
Take a look below at just some of our rewards:

Receive a Mini Merchandise Bundle - £30

Receive one of our quality, branded L'Oculto aprons - £45

A single ticket to our Kickstarter party. Bubbles, canapes & more - makes a great gift! - £50

A brunch or dinner experience for 2 people at L'Oculto Restaurant & Wine Bar - £100

Risks and challenges

Expanding and taking on a second venue is not something we decided overnight neither is it a decision we came to lightly. We have been planning this for a very long time. It was always our dream and plan to connect with the community and offer more than just a great dining experience. We have a strong connection with all of our producers and have always looked for ways to share our knowledge of Spanish gastronomy and viniculture. This new space will allow us to do this.

We are a strong team that is used to handling pressure, tight deadlines and large projects. Everyone that sees what we manage to achieve in our current, tiny little space knows that we can cope with pretty much anything.

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    A big Thank You!

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    The L'Oculto Supporters Wall

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    Brunch / Dinner experience for 2 people

    Brunch or dinner experience for 2 people at L'Oculto Restaurant, SE4

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    Join our chefs in the kitchen

    Spend a half day in the kitchen with the L'Oculto chefs, cooking with them, learning about different ingredients and techniques, then sit down and enjoy a meal. Recipe cards included - What a great gift!!!

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    Brunch / Dinner experience for 4 people

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    Private Dinner & pairings

    Dinner for 8 people with a carefully prepared pairing menu created by our chefs

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    Private Dinner & pairings

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    Team Lunch for up to 20 people

    Working too hard over the Christmas period and want to celebrate a little later? Enjoy a feasting team lunch with us at L'Oculto Restaurant, SE4 in February/March

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    Private & Exclusive Dinner Experience

    Enjoy a private and exclusive Sunday dinner with a tailored and personalised menu for up to 45 people at L'Oculto Restaurant, SE4

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    Private Catering for up to 45 people

    L'Oculto restaurant private celebration for up to 45 people for a Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, you name it! You'll be well looked after for sure!

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    Exclusive gastronomic trip to Spain

    A fantastic gastronomic experience! We'll be taking you and 3 friends on a very special trip to Spain, where you'll be visiting some of our amazing producers, learning and tasting loads! Have your taste buds at the ready!. We'll also be taking you to one of our artisan cheese producers - a great opportunity for cheese lovers! You'll also be dining in one of Spain's Michelin starred restaurants and meeting the chef. This trip promises to inspire!

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