* Wait - this is a chain? Really? *
Ok, so England pub food has modernized. We were wandering around Mayfair looking for a place to grab a quick dinner and stumbled onto a sign reading "Contemporary British Food." Something about the sign caught our eye and we went down the stairs into this bar/pub.
Apparently this is a small local chain of wine bars run by the well known wine merchant Balls Brothers. Lucky find.
There was a larger main room and lots of small private wine tasting/private function rooms - which all seemed to be in use. This place was popular! (And you would have never known from up on the street.)
We tried the stilton & leek pasties (which were small little fried pockets filled with a robust stilton and leeks to balance the flavour), and the burger (which was a generous thick burger perfectly cooked and served with a delicious red pepper relish, a well aged cheddar, and bacon). This was very respectable pub food with some modern flair.
As you may expect from a wine merchant, they had a nice variety of wines from around the world on offer - at a nice range of price points.
Service was incredibly friendly and chatty without being overly chatty when we didn't want them to be. (Just the right amount!)
All of this, and it was reasonably priced by London standards at about 25 pounds for the two of us! Phenomenal!
Even though this spot is part of a chain, I could totally envision returning frequently if it was closer to home.
A friend and I stumbled upon this bar on one of our much needed wine with lunch cravings.
The first things we noticed, apart from the pleasant traditional feel to the bar, was the amount of suits. And the lack of women. It felt like we'd opened a door to some gentlemans club on the 60's such we're the amount of red-old faces sat upon cheap suits.
Still a drink is a drink and the bar itself had an extensive though expensive wine menu. The food we had was passable though not amazing and the service was merely okay.
I found the place amusing for all the wrong reasons and so couldn't really recommend to anyone unless they're nearby which a group from their work or looking for somewhere not too distracting or stimulating.
I was taken to this restaurant/bar by a male friend and was one of the few women in there! Situated behind Piccadilly near Jermyn Street it seems all those gents who have been shirt shopping end up in here. It is a rather stuffy atmosphere but quite quaint all the same. There was a good wine list and range of traditional English lunch fare. I had a cheese and pickle sandwich and my friend rare roast beef. The portions were large and the food basic but good. Its not really my type of place so I probably wouldn't go back but if you're in the area its not a bad place to stop for lunch.
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