Club Gascon

“Reinventing the culinary heritage of south-west France” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LONDON EC1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS

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The former Lyons tea room on a corner in the Smithfield district has been home to Pascal Aussignac's innovative restaurant for over 20 years. Dealing in a contemporary small-plate dining version of the culinary heritage of the chef-patron's native south-west France, it was a trail-blazer when it opened, and still manifests plenty of energy amid the rather sedate marbled walls and formal service of the setting. Start with a cylinder of pressed foie gras in a layer of concentrated crab jelly with piperade dip and a savoury crab canelé. Even more bewitching is a serving of monkfish with garnishes in camouflage colours, fashioned from truffles, parsley and beetroot, as well as brittle pork crackling, alongside a bowl of pork and fish stock consommé. Sweet things run from sublime prune jam with orange Armagnac cream to peach soufflé in a cup dusted with Earl Grey with cleansing lime and mint sorbet.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Club Gascon
57 West Smithfields, LONDON, EC1A 9DS

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 42
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: French
  • Vegetarian menu

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