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|Address:||27 Coldharbour, London E14 9NS|
|Tel:||020 3544 1660|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -4pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm Sun 6.30-9.30pm|
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a few summers ago this was my favourite “pint in the sun” escape-away lunchtime retreat. On a sunny warm day very few places compare in the capital. and despite the waste of tax-payers money, the dome/O2 remains a stunning backdrop. the quality of the food here has never been in doubt.
And one Sunday we popped in for a “late lunch” ahead of an O2 show, as we have become dispirited by the rubbish and cost of feeding under the tent. My current wife having never been there, I was excitedly looking forward to her reactions.
Initially i “threw the toys out” a little as i was advised that it would be “Sunday lunch” menu only and no a la carte treats for us – and then the bar steward brought be the wrong beer. My wife sensed trouble brewing…but I self calmed, in truth becuase I couldnt be arsed to look elsewhere.
the food then started to come.
from warm “breads” to perky espresso to close it was brilliant. no point in going into massive details – as the menu will change week to week. But there was wonderful taste in the belly of pork. the vegetables and accompanying apple compote balanced perfectly. the broth I started with was actually perfect. as i say I was up for a fight and then ended up leaving a tip.
The manager here – whoever they are – runs a ship tight enough for the Admiral himself. responsive staff and a well numbered team. And ive only marked the service down because of the early cock up on the drinks.
Most importantly my wife loved it – and what initially looked like letting down my “bigging-up” of it on the way over, became a warmly basked “told you so” on leaving. not the cheapest – but the better ones shouldnt need to be.