Curveball, new meatball concept restaurant, opens in Balham


In May, Curveball, an exciting new dining concept inspired by cuisines and flavours from around the world with meatballs at it heart, will open its doors on independent foodie Hildreth Street, Balham.


Co-owners Hannah Pemberton, author of recipe blog ‘The Kitchen Alchemist’, and Paul Harris, former CFO of Liberty, have taken inspiration from their travels around the world, memorable meals they’ve had and the bounty of fresh British produce available year-round to create a menu that encapsulates the highly versatile, much loved staple that is the meatball. Bringing together flavours from every corner of the globe, Curveball captures the spirit of adventure that goes hand-in-hand with good food.


Of the launch Hannah Pemberton says ‘Meatballs are eaten the world over – from Middle Eastern koftas to Indonesian bakso. Paul and I wanted to create a restaurant that highlighted their versatility and not stick to traditional flavours. Food is how we travel, it’s why we travel! And it brings people together. That’s why we set up Curveball. To combine those experiences and flavours, and to share them and our obsession for food with others’


Small plates include the ‘Bomba’- crispy coated soft centred chorizo croquettes, with larger plates and hero dishes including ‘The Mothership’ – beef chuck and parmesan meatballs in a four-hour short-rib ragu, and the zingy vegetarian ‘Wizard of Oz’ – beetroot and tahini vegballs, with lime avocado crema, popped seeds, pomegranate and freekeh.


Grab a portion of ‘Tater Nots’, bitesize crispy potato rosti balls and finish with a bag of fresh donut holes pumped full of coconut mango, salted caramel or Nutella, to round off Curveball’s exciting food offering.

A bespoke cocktail list, created with the help of David Beatty, Ketel One’s brand ambassador, will complement the menu and the wine list has been curated in collaboration with The Wine Fusion. Bespoke to the restaurant, the wine list will feature some of the best winemakers in the business including award-winning Matakana “Swallow Falls” New Zealand Sauvignon, a Chilean Carménère from Jenny Villa-Lobos and a Moldovan Pinot Grigio.


With 26 covers upstairs, 12 covers in the downstairs bar and alfresco dining available, Curveball will be an intimate restaurant for those looking for a dining experience that highlights the versatile and eclectic flavours of world cuisine in the humble meatball.




16 Hildreth Street



Twitter/Instagram/Facebook – @TheCurveBallers


Notes to Editors


Hannah Pemberton

Professionally, Hannah has spent 15 years in brand strategy, advertising and marketing, working with all sorts of food brands whilst personally spending 10 years sharing her own recipes online on ‘The Kitchen Alchemist’.

Over the last 4 years Hannah has been working with brands, magazines and supermarkets to develop recipes and style and shoot food for them as the Kitchen Alchemist including working with Paul Hollywood and Deliciously Ella, and brands such as like Aldi, Morrisons, Penguin Books, Arla, Wallpaper* and Innocent.

Paul Harris

Paul is former CFO of Liberty, with fifteen years of senior level operational experience including opening restaurants within department stores Liberty and Selfridges. Having been headhunted from Kurt Geiger, in 2013 Paul successfully completed the second major refinancing of Liberty. He was also the Chairman of a luxury British company that Liberty acquired, is currently NED of The Wine Fusion, and a trustee of The Art Academy.