Have you ever had dinner in a medicine cabinet? For his newest experiment, Damien Hirst has collaborated with chef Mark Hix to combine food and art for a different kind of dining experience. Following up on the 1992 installation Pharmacy, Pharmacy 2: Restaurant caters for exhibition visitors at Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery during the day, and for evening diners while the gallery is closed. The drug store interior is a juxtaposition of bright colours and a sterility, with large pill designs; etched DNA strands on the windows; a glass-top bar encasing syringes, tubing, and latex gloves; and a brightly lit sign reading ‘prescriptions.’ Despite the medical connotations, the menu has a very inviting range of British and international food. Choose from Swanison House Farm duck curry with apple pakora or linguine with Portland crab and chilli, or try the chef’s special cocktails, the ‘Hix Fix.’ Recurring themes in Hirst’s artwork are present; even the chocolate mousse with honeycomb dessert is evocative of metaphors from the original exhibition. Book in advance for this unusual, but nonetheless delicious, experience.
📅 Tuesday to Saturday, 10AM – 12AM; Sunday 10AM – 6PM
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