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|Address:||20 New Change Passage, London EC4M 9AG|
|Tel:||020 3005 8555|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11.30-11pm (Sat 12N- ) Sun 12N-10pm|
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Give Jamie a break!! I was told they got 5000 calls in the first hour! Definitely requiring sorting out though this place is sure to be popular. We also booked well in advance to get a weekday evening but had to move it – after a long time on hold, i managed to get a Sunday early evening slot. If you call, i recommend during the day/afternoon as ive always got through in reasonable time when calling.
Food was generally rather lovely – we started wit the chicken liver (good texture but slightly too generous with the salt) and welsh rarebit (slightly warm rather than hot). Mains – we shared the special of pulled pork – great flavours and lovely rustic presentation on blocks of wood all round. I also had the rump steak which was perfectly cooked. We had sides of creamed spinach and fries – both far too big portions in my opinion, at least three could have shared the spinach alone and we ended up wasting half. There is no salt/pepper so they obviously assumed its seasoned enough. The chocolate nemesis is truly delicious – i had heard stories of its loveliness at the River Cafe and i completely recommend it to anyone. Looks stodgy but was actually very light and enough to share. Service was great – very friendly, well informed staff. Our bill was £70 for 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 sides and one pudding (and a couple of non alc drinks)
Downsides – early on in the day, i tried to reschedule my booking slightly earlier online but it only had availability in Dec – when we turned up, it was 3/4 empty (around 4) and got a table earlier – despite the maitre D making out that it was a one time offer of an earlier table! Where were the other diners who booked!?
My thoughts – good food, well worth repeated visits – avoid the starters i picked, have mains but share the hefty sides and puddings to save money. If you have a big group, ask to sit in the cage things which looked funky but are for parties of 8 or more. The funky booths/leather area near the front is also somewhere i would like to sit next time rather than at the back with less atmosphere. Try a Sunday visit to ensure guaranteed seating – you could even drive in though even then, hardly any parking but at least you have the option with the yellow lines…Jamie – if you read this, the booking issue is the only thing dragging it down and getting bad reviews! Must be worth a bit of money/investment sorting it out…