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The spartan decor of this revered Victorian survivor is a world away from contemporary City bling. But look closely and you’ll discern some things moving with the times: fish is sustainably sourced, the dining room is now air-conditioned, and you can even pay by card. Not that Sweetings has suddenly taken to following fashion: it’s still only open on weekday lunchtimes, the vegetarian option is to eat elsewhere, and afters consist of savouries or school-dinner puddings. The dedication to fish is absolute and the results are “exquisite”. Start with smoked eel or lobster bisque before smoked haddock with poached egg, or perhaps wild turbot with mustard sauce; staff will advise on whether poaching, grilling or frying is most appropriate. The firmly Francophile wine list has a strong bias towards whites; you can even order vintage Cristal, though such conspicuous consumption seems a bit new-fangled for the setting.


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  1. Published : Friday, 2 November 2012

    Brunch etc. :: Lunch at Sweetings

    Founded in 1889, Sweetings has been serving up its signature fare of un-fussy fish and school dinner-esque puddings to generations of bankers. Despite working in the City for more than two years now, I'd never been, so I decided to go with a couple of my colleagues for lunch one day to try it out.With no reservation system and a limited number of tables, we'd heard that it can be hard to get a seat, so we arrived fairly early, just after noon. However, while it did fill up, there were still a few empty spots when we left over an hour later, so don't let fears of queues put you off if you're planning on eating a little...
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  • Address: 39 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4SA
  • Telephone: 020 7248 3062
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm

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