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Conceived by local entrepreneur Frank Crocker in 1898, this spectacular high-Victorian ‘folly’ was originally planned as the terminus for what is now the Marylebone line in St John’s Wood, but locals protested, the idea was ditched and the building became a gin palace. Lately, it has been lavishly renovated by the Maroush Group, who have fastidiously restored the interiors to something like their original splendour. Romanesque columns, cut-glass chandeliers, carved mahogany, ‘50 kinds of marble’ and huge open fireplaces form the backdrop to the new bar/restaurant, where mainstream modern European food is now the order of the day. Starters of crab and avocado tian, beef tartare or endive, Roquefort and walnut salad strike familiar note, likewise mains ranging from navarin of lamb to stuffed chicken breast with saffron risotto and Madeira sauce. Josper grills also feature, while desserts such as baked lemon tart are in similar vein.
From a set menu.
Available: 11 October 2016
Max: 10 people
Expires: 17 April 2017
Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
We were greeted at Crocker’s Folly by maître d’hôtel Juan Mckenzie. Juan is of Chilean – Scottish ancestry. He runs the dining room with charm and efficiency and prides himself on creating a relaxed ambiance that marries opulent traditional surroundings with meticulous modern service. A glass of Prosecco (£9) helped us appreciate that ambience and provided time to reflect on the buildings history.
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Crocker’s Folly is one of the most extraordinary London restaurants that I’ve ever come across. Housed in a spectacular Grade II listed Victorian building, it’s been lovingly restored to its former glory by the Maroush group. I was invited to experience the Chef’s Table, an epic 10 course meal.
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The last time I visited leafy Maida Vale I was 19, a couple of years ago, really. Coming off the tube at Warwick Avenue, with Duffy’s song in my head (of course), I realised what a lovely neighbourhood this is. Sun setting casting long shadows over the trees, grand period mansions, the canal with the house boats placidly floating, I should really come here more often. After such a pleasurable albeit short walk, I arrived at the Crocker’s Folly, a Victorian building which apparently was supposed to be a grand station restaurant, when Baker St Station was supposed to be built nearby. Plans changed and such a beautiful...
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Crockers Folly in St John’s Wood was a thriving pub in its former life. Built in 1898, the beautiful Grade II* listed building fell into disrepair and was closed in 2004. But in 2014 The Maroush Group took ownership of Crocker’s Folly and lovingly restored it. Crocker’s Folly now speaks of grandeur, but with a relaxed and inviting tone.
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Crocker’s Folly (previously The Crown) was built in 1898 in the Northern Renaissance style by a man named Frank Crocker. Now a Grade II listed building, it was originally intended to serve the new terminus being built by The Great Central Railway. It turns out that Frank’s location was a bit off the mark and the new terminus was actually being built in Marylebone, over a half mile away. This eventually led to his supposed ruin and therefore ‘folly’.
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