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76-78 Paul Street
A stone’s throw from Old Street station, this 18th-century boozer is a Mecca for hipsters and city slickers alike, who appreciate its no-nonsense pubby vibe, potable tipples and simple but effective food. Drinkers congregate at the ground-floor bar, where three regularly rotated real ales go down well with sophisticated snacks of celeriac soup with truffle oil or scallop ceviche with burnt sweetcorn salsa. However, it’s worth booking ahead for something more special in the subdued upstairs dining room, which puts seasonal produce centre stage – think burrata with pickled radishes, crispy quinoa and mint salad or Swaledale lamb chops with pumpkin pistou, sprouting broccoli and buttermilk dressing. To finish, desserts might feature sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of bourbon toffee sauce. Also, don’t miss the choice of Sunday roasts. No wonder this regal gem still has plenty of devoted followers.
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Best London gastropubs
76-78 Paul Street
Old Street Station 252m
Old Street Tube Station 296m
The Brewery 691m
Liverpool Street 776m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Great food, great service and good value for money. Will definitely visit again
What a lovely place!
Visited with friends from USA and they commented that the service was the best they've experienced in London!
Food was also very good! The quality of the produce really came through with little mucking about from the chef! My starter of asparagus with breaded poached egg and fennel puree was sublime and main of sea bass on gazpacho really delicious. One of my American friends really wanted the fish and chips from the downstairs pub menu and that wasn't a problem for them at all – it looked amazing and apparently tasted so as well.
Desserts were classics – creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding (wow!), chocolate fondant and all superb. Wine list touched pretty much all bases and we were very happy with the quality we got.
The pub downstairs was extremely busy and the dining room full all night. The atmosphere was buzzy but fairly relaxed, helped by the great selection of music – jazz from the early 1900's I think. Pub and dining room both look lovely and the ladies were nice too although you have to negotiate the spiral staircase to the pub to get there…
Visited with a companion recently with completely the wrong idea of what this place is! For some reason I had it in my head it was going to be very plush when in fact it's a thoroughly decent (almost down-to-earth) gastropub with very good food and possibly the best service I've experienced in a pub! In fact, the service we received puts many fine dining restaurants to shame! Good all round wine list, well priced but possibly a bit heavy on the French country wine? I know it goes very well with rustic cooking so maybe it's me being fussy! Don't let this detract from a very good experience though! A very slick operation and one that I am sure will be there for some time!
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