A good-looking London corner pub that serves well-kept beer (Doombar consistently tastes fresh here) and feel-good tapas. There is a separate restaurant upstairs, which offers a more formal – and almost certainly quieter – experience.
The after-work crowds in the early evening make this place lively and cheerful, but very noisy. Seating is at plain unvarnished tables and chairs. Tapas are generally very good indeed, with stars being the exceptionally light croquettes with onion marmalade and the engagingly nutty-flavoured deep-fried cauliflower. The croquettes are often all eaten quite early in the evening. The spinach and olive oil and pine nuts depends entirely on the quality of the oil used – don’t be frightened to ask, because the difference is night and day.
As well as good beer, there is a changing wine list with well-chosen bottles.
Black-shirted waiters dispense so-so service with a casual charm, and the staff are generally helpful if you want to reserve a table for later in the evening – something well worth doing.
Overall, an experience well above the London norm, and good value for money. The nearest tube is Great Portland Street – about three minutes’ walk.
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