‘I love the theme!’ declares one reader, sucked in by the mystique of this bogus detective agency-cum-speakeasy. Tip your hat to door staff disguised as secretaries, then pretend that you’re Philip Marlowe as you perch on a stool at the moody bar – although it’s best to ignore the Identikit decor, bare brick walls and low-hanging Edison bulbs. Food sticks to the machine-age diner concept, with plenty of meaty hits from the in-house smoker alongside well-reported goats’ cheese fritters, mac ‘n’ cheese and pulled-pork sliders. Cocktails range from a classic old fashioned, made with peppery Singleton Scotch, to grapefruit blossom. Staff ‘stay in character’, while a swinging soundtrack jumps between honky-tonk, blues and rock and roll – ‘I’ll be going back soon to see if they’ve solved my case’, quips one fan.
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