Acclaimed chef Tom Shepherd will open the first restaurant under his own name, in Lichfield next month.

On Friday 8 October, Upstairs by Tom Shepherd will be a permanent home for the chef’s contemporary cooking, from a first-floor restaurant above his father’s jewellery shop in Lichfield.

The restaurant is set to be a relaxed and refined space to enjoy Tom’s modern British menus, based around seasonal ingredients, with subtle influences from Japan and East Asia.

The flagship tasting menu is priced at £62 for five courses and £77 for seven, and includes dishes like Orkney scallop with dashi, celeriac and apple, and poached Atlantic cod with wild mussel, caviar and champagne.

A three-course lunch menu, available from Thursday-Saturday and priced at £35, includes dishes like Creedy Carver Chicken with sweetcorn, Israeli couscous and leek, while a three-course Sunday lunch menu, also priced at £35, will showcase Tom’s elegant and contemporary takes on classic British comfort food, such as roast salt aged Herefordshire beef sirloin and king oyster mushroom wellington with winter truffle.

Inside, the 28-cover restaurant will be accessed by a striking, sumptuously decorated staircase leading to the upstairs dining room. Cosy, comfortable banquettes will create an intimate feel, while a beautiful bar area will showcase local beers, wines and spirits, and a central chef’s table will be available for diners who want to experience the kitchen team’s cooking first-hand. A roof terrace is also planned for early 2022.

A decorated chef, Tom has experience heading up kitchens at some of the best restaurants in the UK, most recently at Adam’s restaurant in Birmingham, where he successfully retained the restaurant’s Michelin star and three AA rosettes during his time as head chef. 

After departing Adam’s in 2019, Tom ran the successful Dine at Home with Tom Shepherd, he negotiated the Covid-19 pandemic with a highly-thought-of meal kit service which featured a weekly changing, seasonal three-course menu delivered direct to diners’ doors.

To make a reservation at Upstairs by Tom Shepard, visit www.upstairs.restaurant