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It may not have the charisma of its relatives in the Drake & Morgan stable but this big, brash & ‘really buzzy’ bar/diner is still a looker, with a glazed wall of Champagne bottles &
appetising deli displays adding colour & theatre to the pearl-grey interior. Attractively priced wines are listed by style, with plenty available by the glass; lager drinkers are spoiled for
choice with Stella Black & Pilsner Urquell among the draught options, & cocktails include a range of gimmicky, calorie-controlled ‘skinnies’. The menu offers something for everybody, from
prawn lollipops to flatbreads & dips, club sandwiches & market-fresh seafood, although the results can be merely ‘average’. Service can also be ‘hit & miss’, & the noise from the
madding, suited crowd is too much for some.
Having heard about The Anthologist from a friend (who should have a loyalty card for the amount of time she visits the Bank restaurant) we decided to visit for a bite to eat. We clocked the restaurant from the large group of punters outside and frankly were a little put off by the loud music blasting from inside. Friday night is certainly not a quiet one in the area, whilst the bar side of the restaurant was heaving with after work drinkers, the dining area seemed a lot more relaxed and inviting with candle lit tables and a buzzing open kitchen on the far side. We decided to honour our pre- reserved table ( annoying a few impromptu diners who were told waiting time was over an hour) and followed the waiter to a cosy table for two by the window. Although on the other side of the restaurant, we could still hear the up tempo music from the bar, which was the only downfall to the whole evening...
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A couple of weeks ago I attended ‘A Storied Supper’ evening hosted by Mount Gay Rum at The Anthologist Bar and Kitchen. A brand synonymous with sailing, sun and fun, Mount Gay Rum had its origins in Barbados in 1703, making it the oldest rum in the world. The idea behind the Storied Supper evening was to pair a variety of different rum cocktails with a three-course menu to showcase its versatility when eaten with food. And along with each cocktail, there was a ‘story’ shared by the ambassadors from Mount Gay Rum about the origins of the cocktail for some added joie de vivre, the very essence of what Mount Gay is meant to represent...
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The Anthologist in Gresham Street, is quite appropriately, a large city bar with a very wide selection of eclectic food and drinks including foraged cocktails and salads ‘from the Woods and Gardens’. It’s right in the heart of the City, just off Bank, and on Tuesday lunchtime was packed with office workers. I arrived early and my friend was running late, but they were kind enough to bring me a large board of bread and olives and some sparkling water to keep me going while he negotiated the vagaries of London Transport. The interior is a large space and quite buzzy in the main dining areas, at least during lunch hour, but rather smartly, it’s been divided up into different types of seating areas (little booths, long bars, small tables and big communal ones)...
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The Anthologist’s three private spaces comprise a semi-private snug lounge with wood-panelled walls and a serene yet sophisticated vibe, which accommodates 24; the Panel Room cocktail lounge, which seats 55; and Studio 58, a party room for up to 60 guests (12 seated) that doubles as a private bar and kitchen, and can be hired with or without a mixologist (private dinners and wine tastings can also be organised).
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