Following stints at The Paternoster Chop House and Boundary, chef Peter Weeden decided to take the plunge and open his own gaff – a gentrified gastro-boozer and restaurant that has quickly become ‘swamped’ with Fitzrovia foodies. Given his CV, it’s no surprise to find British seasonal flavours on the plate – and pictures of fish, flesh and fowl lining the walls. Head upstairs to the refined, oak-floored dining room for a neat daily menu promising the likes of brawn, parsley and shallot salad, venison with black cabbage and chanterelles, or mackerel with lemon and watercress. Otherwise, pitch up at the ‘raw bar’ for a plate of Colchester rock oysters with something from the Old World wine list. The only downer is service which can be on the slow side.
Newman Street Tavern’s wine list is big, with more than 300 bottles to choose from, yet it never feels unwieldy. The wines are presented in a fascinating way, with themed selections such as ‘mountains and volcanoes’, ‘stone’ and ‘garrigue’, but it never feels off-putting, despite the presence of some non-traditional, hard-to-get wines.
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Get 2 course set menu for £16.50 or 3 courses for £20. Offer applies to Set Menu.
Max: 10 people
Starts: 17 Feb 2014
Expires: 17 May 2014£16.50
Bacon & Eggs or Bacon, chorizo or Black pudding Hash with fried egg & Potatoes. Toast. Coffee or Tea AND house juice of the day.
Max: 6 people
Starts: 21 Mar 2014
Expires: 21 Apr 2014£10