London’s Best New Bar Menus
Gone are the days when eating bar food in London meant choosing between an overcooked scotch egg and a packet of stale nuts. Some of London’s top restaurants are putting serious effort into their bar menus. These are our new favourites.
The Blue Posts
This 18th Century pub has recently been refurbished by the team behind The Palomar and The Barbary; it’s now a three-tiered pleasure playground, with a cocktail bar (The Mulwray) on the top floor, pub The Blue Posts at ground level and 15 seater intimate restaurant Evelyn’s Table in the basement.
If you’re in the mood for some independently brewed cask ales and ciders and some top-notch bar food to soak it up then you’ll want to hang around at The Blue Posts or The Mulwray, where you can snaffle one of the shiniest sausage rolls in London (you can practically see your hungry face in the glaze) and anchovy soldiers, which are fingers of toast topped with the plumpest (we suspect Ortiz) anchovies. There are also oysters (great for hangovers), cheese toasties (always appropriate) and sourdough from Coombeshead Farm in Devon. Oh, and don’t miss the mezcal cocktail.
The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ
This recently opened Portuguese spot with a special interest in seafood comes from chef Leandro Carreira. We’ve already told you about the main restaurant, but did you know there’s also a 30 seater wine bar?
Here, you can get involved with a wine list which includes many rare and unusual wines from around Portugal, and a frequently changing ‘snack’ menu. To call them snacks doesn’t do them justice to be perfectly honest – there are sweet crab tarts, plates of Iberico ham, grilled quail with toffee mayo and Prego brioche buns. Felicidades!
Londrino, 36 Snowsfields, SE1 3SU
The ‘Dickie’ here is Richard Corrigan, chef/patron of Corrigan’s Mayfair just next door. It’s a gloriously swish bar, decked out like a luxury hunting lodge, with a drinks menu heavy on Irish whiskey and seasonal produce from Richard’s own farm.
The bar menu is full of twists on classics like an oyster croque monsieur, a seafood take on the classic hot French sandwich usually made with ham, cheese and bechamel, plus goats’ cheese popcorn and Cornish crab on toasted brioche. Hunker down with a few plates and that cocktail list and get settled in on one of the gigantic sofas.
Dickie’s Bar, Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 2NR
It could be argued that the whole of Sabor is one huge bar, since diners are seated at a dining bar which fringes the kitchen but there’s also a lovely little tapas area at the front. Here, you can gobble a few bites while you wait for a table in the main restaurant, or just pop in for a few glasses of something and a quick bite.
Must-order dishes are the queso fresco (fresh cheese) on toast which comes with an extravagant black truffle hairdo, and the lardo with anchovies and olive oil. In fact, those two dishes are some of the best things we’ve eaten in London recently.
Sabor, 35-37 Heddon Street, W1B 4BR
From Monday 19th February, one of London’s best modern British restaurants is serving a bar menu. It’s basically smaller, snack versions of their regular dishes, including oysters with rhubarb, hake with smoked roe and monk’s beard, and red deer with blood orange and turnips. As usual, vegetable dishes are just as exciting as meat or fish – just look at that stunning radicchio with pear and Berkswell cheese (above).
Dishes are priced around the £10 mark, so you can nip in for a plate then out again into the night, with memories of those clean, British flavours and, we expect, full of joy.
Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
More of a whole evening experience than a duck in and out affair, this is perfect for those who like to spend their evening grazing in the bar. The idea behind Cub, from the seemingly unstoppable Ryan Chetiyawardana, is to ‘break down the barriers’ between bar and restaurant, and that it does, with food coming directly from the bar along with drinks. It’s a place for those who like to see and be seen, so don’t go expecting a cosy pint by a log fire. Read our full review to find out more.
Cub, 153 Hoxton Street, London N1 6PJ
Featured image: Hake with monk’s beard at Lyle’s