“High-impact British cooking in spare decor” - AA Inspector
LONDON EC1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
The anonymous grey frontage and stripped-back interior neutrality of bare tables, pendant lights and concrete floor are very much of the moment at this high-flying venue near Hatton Garden. Mark Jarvis’s approach is all about celebrating splendid British ingredients – the clue’s in the name – so expect cooking that matches contemporary creativity with a colourful, high-impact look on the plate. If time is tight at lunch, slot in the three-course option, otherwise settle in for one of the tasters – it’s all defined by a deft lightness of touch but without reining in on big flavours. Home-made sourdough with yeasted butter and punchy intros of smoked haddock on a nori cracker and a cone of duck liver parfait and walnut get the tastebuds dancing for cured salmon with fish broth and croûtons. Main course brings premium Goosnargh chicken with chestnut and celeriac, its richness lifted by pickled trompette mushrooms to produce something remarkable. A pre-dessert of cheese and onion on malt loaf leads on to a grand finale of sticky toffee pudding with lightly smoked caramel.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 16
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: 12.30
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 5.45
- Dinner served until: 8.45
- Wines under £30: 3
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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