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|Address:||41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT|
|Tel:||020 3551 3239|
|Price: £32.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £39.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm (Thurs-Fri -1am) Sat-Sun 10am-7pm (Sat -12M)|
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I was excited about visiting The Folly so i recently popped in for Sunday lunch with some friends. We walked into this ‘urban sanctuary’ and instantly warmed to it. We had booked a table but were late and couldn't get through on the phone to let them know as it was just connecting me to a voicemail service. This wasn't a problem as it wasn't very busy and we were shown to a table in the middle of the restaurant area. On our way through we started noticing all the wonderful attention to detail within the interior design; the flower pot lampshades, the pots of mint replacing flowers on the tables, the mismatching cushions on chairs and the large bench tables perfect for large groups of friends and families. Our table was snug, and the chairs super comfy, even though we were close to other guests we didn't feel like our space was tight.
As it was Sunday, we had already made up our minds that we were having a roast regardless of what else was on the menu. So it was just down to a choice of rare roast sirloin of beef, roast pork belly or a whole roast chicken…all three please!? We chose to start with a flatbread to nibble on while we waited for a friend to join us. When it arrived it was sliced, pizza style, at the table and was a very generous serving with plenty of toppings. It was delicious. Once our friend arrived we ordered our mains and a glass of wine and sat back and soaked in the relaxing atmosphere. Our roast beef arrived in a baking tray with all the trimmings, perfectly cooked and smelt great. I'm quite fussy when it comes to a roast dinner (mum and dad always do it best..) but i was so pleased with our choice that i was disappointed when i started to feel full! What we got given to share between two could have fed three, perhaps four people. My friend had the ribeye steak and said it was great, obvious by her empty chopping board (not plate) at the end of our meal.
Our favourite part of the meal had to be when we ordered tea. A wooden board with a cup of steaming water, a milk jug and a posh ‘Tea Pigs’ English breakfast teabag and a small chunk of chocolate brownie to allow you to create your own perfect cup of tea. Yes, we took photos…
I would definitely go back to The Folly with friends and family for the food, but not the service. There was no presence of wait staff on the floor, when one eventually came into sight we were told that he couldn't take our order and we would have to find our waiter. Perhaps it would have been a little better to suggest that he would go and find the waiter for us. We asked for sugar and none came, and our salt pot was spilt all over the table and not cleaned up. The waitress also spilled water on my phone when topping up my glass and didn't clear that up, or give a genuine apology. The waiter served me the wrong wine and worst of all, when bringing over the tea, moaned about having to serve it as it was annoying to carry. This is one of The Folly's fantastically quirky USP's…he wasn't doing it justice at all.
However, i look forward to my next visit and working my way through their delicious menu. We weren't the only ones taking photos of our food.