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|Address:||49 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA|
|Tel:||020 3544 2385|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7am-11pm (Thurs-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)|
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Oh dear, there's no jugged hare at The Jugged Hare! Apparently the little leapers are given a breathing-for-breeding space from March to July. I came here determined to eat something unusual so, eschewing my usual mantra that Offal is Awful, I dive in with some innovative-sounding black pudding croquettes. Mmm (as in Yum, not as in Hmm), crispy little pockets of spiced meaty warmth. For the main I continue my gastro mission: when someone asks me how the faggots are, I look down at my plate and realise I have polished off both before even starting on the main show, the braised rabbit leg. Must have been delicious! The dish came with a lovely mustardy, bacon, pea sauce: all very traditional but without being stodgy. My friends had a rather boring looking steak and the pollack, which they said was tasty, but I'd recommend trusting the chef enough to try something more offbeat. Sadly the star attraction on the dessert menu, the kendal mintcake chocolate mousse, is off (as have been a number of mains and most of the wine list!) so we leave it there. I thought this area would be crying out for places like this: there are enough “fancy” restaurants in the City but when you're looking for a more casual lunch the default option has been set to Corney & Barrow for years. So why is The Jugged Hare not busier? Perhaps the Martin brothers are cannibalising their own business with their nearly-next-door Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. There's a pleasant atmosphere in The Jugged Hare, if somewhat subdued, and the decor is the epitome of modern pub (although a bit predictable). It's all clean simplicity with beautiful (no doubt reclaimed) wooden floors, a few stuffed game animals on the walls, New York-style single stools at the kitchen bar, red banquette seating for groups, and waiters in tweed. At just under £30 (light starter, main, one glass of red), it's a recession friendly alternative to St John's, with less intestine on the menu.