“Daring flavour combinations and plenty of theatre” - AA Inspector
LONDON SE1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Located on a traffic island at the end of Tooley Street, this compact little restaurant is a simple affair but it punches well above its diminutive size. The tables face bi-fold doors looking out across a pretty sitting area. Inside, there’s a polished concrete floor and bird mobiles hanging from the ceiling. In the far corner, an open plan kitchen where chefs create the small plates of high quality food. There is constant evolution within this creative kitchen. Some dishes remain throughout – with a tweak here and there – and others are new, but all are highly detailed, with spot on flavours and textures. Creative and often with a sense of fun and theatre, the highly technical skills and daring combinations are underpinned by classic technique. A grilled Carlingford oyster is poached in chicken fat and XO sauce and dissolves in the mouth, the textural contrast being a refreshing sea lettuce. A whole squab pigeon is served with roasted artichoke purée, the bird’s bones pressed and used to form a rich sauce with green peppercorns and brandy. To finish, a signature dessert called ‘Paddington Bear’ is sandwich of marmalade, cardamom biscuit and creamed foie gras.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 35
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: August Bank Holiday, 25 December to 8 January
- Wines under £30: 1
- Wines over £30: 254
- Wines by the glass: 14
- 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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