This thoughtfully restored theatreland boozer now serves up Padrón peppers rather than pints, after the Salt Yard group took up residence behind the handsome Edwardian bar. Upstairs you’ll find a more formal restaurant, with a relaxed tapas joint on the ground floor, plus friendly staff and a “lively atmosphere” throughout. Spanish and Italian influences are put to good use in a “fantastic selection of small plates”, such as chickpea fritter topped with soft char-grilled octopus and vibrant mojo verde, “divine” croquetas and the signature mini ibérico pork and foie-gras burger. Noteworthy vegetarian dishes and impeccably sourced charcuterie and cheeses are further draws, while the perfectly pitched wine list contains some real gems – including a cracking sherry selection. With such quality the bill can mount up, but readers agree “the food is definitely worth it”. Others go further: “Brilliant in every way.”
Square Meal is proud to be supporting homeless charity StreetSmart in their 2015 campaign, for the seventh year running.
StreetSmart works with over 500 restaurants nationwide by adding £1 to every bill throughout November and December, which is donated to local homeless charities.