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It’s named after a former ecclesiastical resident, but the Reverend’s grungy exposed tiles and peeling wallpaper suggest a bargain-basement lady of ill-repute rather than a man of the cloth. From
the people behind the equally quirky Bourne & Hollingsworth nearby, this unreconstructed basement den looks like it was converted on a shoestring budget, and consequently feels more Dalston
than affluent Fitzrovia. The bar’s main focus is a baker’s dozen of well-executed cocktails served in retro cut-glass stemware: a Ribena-esque port-berry stinger tastes like pimped-up juice for
baby-boomers, although prune Manhattan and Redbourne royale (gin, lime, elderflower and Champagne) should have more universal appeal. Complimentary snacks and a piano for wannabe Michael Bublés are
further reasons to take communion at this fun Fitzrovia dive – and you can even hire out the Rev’s old bedroom for private gatherings.
There’s something quite luxuriously rebellious about going out drinking on a Monday.To be sipping on cocktails like a shameless floozy whilst the rest of the world is in the gym or quietly pushing a leaf of kale around a plate of green blandness in front of Netflix.And as you know, we love anything that tempts out our rebellious streak (it doesn’t take much!) here at TFQ’s.That’s why the recently launched Monday cocktail and snack menu at Reverend JW Simpson is one of our new favourite cures to those start-of-the-week blues...
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