Deemed ‘a real hidden gem’ by its fans, Bedford & Strand seems to evade the attentions of tourists, making it a favourite with anyone hankering after some privacy or post-work sedation. Head downstairs & you’ll find an appealing basement bistro dominated by a handsome Edwardian-style bar & dotted with paper-clothed tables. A ‘simple, rustic’ menu delivers dependable wine-bar favourites such as chicken-liver parfait, côte de boeuf, salade niçoise & Bakewell tart, alongside specialities with more cheffy intent like vibrant pea soup with chive crème fraîche or pan-fried sardines with Jersey Royals & basil sauce; otherwise, take your pick from the robust comestibles on the deli counter. There’s unanimous praise for the food & the vinous treasures on the cracking wine list, although some readers have been let down by disinterested service.
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