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Following stints at The Paternoster Chop House and Boundary, chef Peter Weeden decided to take the plunge and open his own gaff – a gentrified gastro-boozer and restaurant that has quickly become
‘swamped’ with Fitzrovia foodies. Given his CV, it’s no surprise to find British seasonal flavours on the plate – and pictures of fish, flesh and fowl lining the walls. Head upstairs to the
refined, oak-floored dining room for a neat daily menu promising the likes of brawn, parsley and shallot salad, venison with black cabbage and chanterelles, or mackerel with lemon and watercress.
Otherwise, pitch up at the ‘raw bar’ for a plate of Colchester rock oysters with something from the Old World wine list. The only downer is service which can be on the slow side.
Newman Street Tavern’s wine list is big, with more than 300 bottles to choose from, yet it never feels unwieldy. The wines are presented in a fascinating way, with themed selections such as ‘mountains and volcanoes’, ‘stone’ and ‘garrigue’, but it never feels off-putting, despite the presence of some non-traditional, hard-to-get wines.
Newman Street Tavern is a restaurant focusing primarily on British seafood-based dishes. The restaurant recently opened its doors to the public in an area that is saturated with some good dining options (think Roka, Salt Yard, Lima and Pied a Terre just to name a few) and has generally received good reviews...
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