This excellent 'real-ale' pub has a comfortable first floor dining room which is well worth seeking out, if in the neighbourhood. Although, in effect a '60's building, in whole has the feel and atmosphere of a much older building - strangely, this has been partly achieved by the clever use of mirrors - although the closely-packed tables can make private conversation difficult.
The kitchen offers an interesting range of dishes, combining the traditional with the almost experimental.
So expect the likes of 'Crab Bisque with Cognac and Almond Butter'; 'Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Smoked Black Pudding, Quail's Egg, Wild Mushroom Marmalade Vol-au-Vent' and 'Epoisse Cheese with Brandy Apricots, Curly Endive Salad and Brioche' - among the starters.
With maybe 'Vegetables Fricasée with Sweet Potato Fondant and Truffle Hen's Egg' or 'Roasted Rare-Breed Pork Belly, Celeriac Purée and Apple Crumble' to follow.
Finish with 'Passion Fruit Pannacotta'; 'Chocolate Sponge with Hot Fudge and White Chocolate Sorbet' or their selection of French and English farmhouse cheeses.
Lighter meals are offered in the bar.
Service is by friendly, mainly French staff. Booking is essential, especially at lunchtime.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12.00-15.00; set L £29 (2 courses) to £34; mains about £15 to £20. A Bar Menu is also offered
- Dinner: Mon-Fri, 18.00-22.00; mains about £15 to £24
- Seats: 50
- Wine: an excellent list kicks off at around the £17 mark, and offers around half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Bar area only, but not including lavatory
- Nearest station: Chancery Lane Underground
- Directions: just off the northern side of Fleet Street. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street parking or Hatton Garden NCP
- Closed: all Sat & Sun, some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned