A good gastro pub, retaining many of its original Victorian fittings; but looking rather out of place, as the central bar resembles a deli counter with clusters of hanging charcuterie.
Modern European-style dishes are offered along with a selection of Spanish tapas - and these are cooked to a high standard.
About 30 tapas varieties are on offer, as well as more substantial fare such as ‘Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Purple Broccoli, Lemon and Anchovy Butter’; ‘Confit Duck Leg with Spiced Red Cabbage’ and ‘Wild Boar Sausage, Mash and Mushroom Jus’.
Starters might include ‘Maldon Rock Oysters’; ‘Buffalo Mozzarella with Roasted Fennel’ and ‘Chicken Liver Paté’.
Mains, perhaps ‘Homemade Tagliatelle with Venison Ragu’; Roasted Butternut Squash with Mushroom Risotto’; and ‘Whole Sea Bass with Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Ginger, Coriander & Puy Lentils’.
A few desserts, such as ‘Apple and Rhubarb Oat Crumble’ and ‘Brazil Nut Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream’ compete with ‘Cropwell Stilton (or perhaps Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire) with Quince Jelly and Oat Biscuits’.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.30-15.00; Sun 12.30-22.00; Tapas about £5 to £19; mains about £14 to £16
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-22.15; Sun 12.30-22.00; Tapas about £5 to £19; mains about £14 to £16
- Wine: an interesting list covers the world, but has its roots in Spain & has fair mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Russell Square or Kings Cross
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: L Sat, some Bank Holidays