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A cocoon-like dining room with crushed velvet chairs & plush leather banquettes is an unexpectedly smart find above the sauce bottle-topped tables of a rumbustious Mayfair boozer that’s often
‘raining men’. Despite fish & chips, ploughman’s, pies & zippy ideas such as devilled chicken livers on toast in the bar, The Only Running Footman’s food isn’t the predictable pub grub you
might expect. Moules marinière, tomatoes & mozzarella in basil oil, or linguine with clams strike a pan-European note, while crab & ginger spring rolls or crispy duck salad with radishes
& plum sauce look east for inspiration. There’s no shortage of seasonal invention, either – try pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Warm staff mix restaurant-level efficiency with pub-level
familiarity, while those uninspired by the wine list should order a pint of ale.
Despite its Mayfair location, this gastropub manages to mix the well priced with the blingy (not many pubs can get away with selling Château Palmer!) in the right proportion. Moreover, the way it splits the wines up, with sections like ‘Thirst-Quenching’ and ‘Racy and Spicy’ are unusual and engaging.
The Only Running Footman is a wonderfully quaint pub/gastropub whose name pays homage to the footmen who were in service to the households of Mayfair in Georgian times. The role of the footman included such tasks as carrying lights after dusk, paying toll-keepers and generally paving the way for safe passage for his aristocratic master’s carriage. It was here at The Only Running Footman, known as The Running Horse during those times, where the footmen congregated for drinks after their duties.The pub’s full name is actually ‘I Am The Only Running Footman’ and has been the venue for many a pub crawl, mystery tour, etc. Most notably it served as the inspiration for a novel of the same name by detective fiction writer Martha Grimes...
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