Behind an incongruous Tudor-style façade, a narrow blue stairwell leads to a 40-cover dining room at this Borough High Street newcomer. Named after a 19th century occupier who ran the site as a curiosity shop, the present day Edwins pays tribute with a scattering of delicate artefacts to add a subtle quirk amidst brown leather banquettes, handsome furniture and soft white drapes. Marking the first restaurant opening by the Parched Pubs group, the brasserie incorporates a small cocktail bar which glitters under soft orange lighting after dark – a great place for romance. Compact classiness extends to the menu, with a short, varied selection including guinea fowl with melt-in-the-mouth butter beans or delicately cooked wild venison with a smudge of shallot purée. With only three desserts to choose from expectations are high, but easily met with a light, crunchy pear and almond tart topped with Chantilly cream. Also open for weekend brunch, the window-lined space provides a fresh, light setting for pancakes and coffee. Edwins shows all the signs of becoming a popular local secret, but with such assured presentation and hosting, word might just get out.
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From a set menu. Supplements for steaks.
Max: 6 people
Starts: 01 Jul 2014
Expires: 31 Aug 2014£25