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‘I love the theme!’ declares one reader, sucked in by the mystique of this bogus detective agency-cum-speakeasy. Tip your hat to door staff disguised as secretaries, then pretend that you’re Philip
Marlowe as you perch on a stool at the moody bar – although it’s best to ignore the Identikit decor, bare brick walls and low-hanging Edison bulbs. Food sticks to the machine-age diner concept,
with plenty of meaty hits from the in-house smoker alongside well-reported goats’ cheese fritters, mac ‘n’ cheese and pulled-pork sliders. Cocktails range from a classic old fashioned, made with
peppery Singleton Scotch, to grapefruit blossom. Staff ‘stay in character’, while a swinging soundtrack jumps between honky-tonk, blues and rock and roll – ‘I’ll be going back soon to see if
they’ve solved my case’, quips one fan.
A bar/restaurant posing as a detective agency in Earls Court? With bars springing up through wardrobes, phone boxes, and through Smeg Fridges, why not? But a trendy-secret-speakeasy-entrance does not a bar make! Thankfully, detectives Evans and Peel live up to the hype with knowlegable bartenders and great innovative drinks.
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Hunt around Earls Court for as long as you like, but you will fail to find speakeasy bar Evans & Peel… until you spot a group of people waiting outside an inconspicuous building while onlookers wonder what's going on. A buzz at the black door, followed by a short wait until someone greets you on the intercom. A bit of interrogation and the door pops open...
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