Sit in the cosy dining area at the front, slightly tucked away from the main affair. Red vintage chairs and banquettes make for a stylish, romantic setting. And, there’s a smattering of tables out front for Soho people-watching – always a fun pastime.
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There’s been a lot of buzz about the restaurant, a bold red, cream and chocolate space, peppered with British artworks by Emin, Hirst and others, and decorated with Georgian-style wallpaper, striking chandeliers, Persian rugs, and cocktail chairs, with a delightfully weathered wood floor and a fireplace (working, if needs be). Fare is of the simple, warming and hearty – largely British – sort, with mince and potatoes, smoked-haddock soufflé, pig-cheek and black cabbage, and roast chicken with sage stuffing and chipolatas; but, it’s seduced some of London’s pickiest food writers. Desserts are staunchly in the ‘nursery pud’ camp, too. Breakfast and the weekend brunch follow suit, with everything from egg and soldiers to crumpets, to kedgeree and Lorne sausage with tattie scones. And afternoon tea (served Monday to Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm), brings laden tiers to your table – we’re particularly fond of the G&T-infused-cucumber sandwiches, and adding a glass of champagne, of course.
The bar shares space with the restaurant. Expect a sociable, upbeat atmosphere and a mix of media types, locals and celebrities dividing their time between people watching, cocktail sipping and delicious dining. The drinks list runs pleasingly long, with well-chosen wines, single malts and a surprisingly diverse tequila list. With regards to cocktails, we like the Tonico #2 with Pisco, gin, elderflower, lavender and prosecco; or the Side Lover with rye, gin, grapefruit and hibiscus syrup. But, the alcohol-free drinks are just as beautifully conceived.
Dining runs from 7am to midnight, Monday to Thursday; till 1am on Friday; from 8am till 1am on Saturday; and 8am till 11pm on Sundays.
Room service is available during restaurant service hours, and choices are a trimmed-down version of the restaurant’s offerings.