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63 Abbey Road
“Salt House is closed permanently”
Salt House closed permanently on 16 July 2018
It’s a shame the terrace of this lively gastropub faces directly onto noisy Abbey Road; otherwise it would be perfect for supping pints of Camden Pils, Lagunitas, Côte Breton or NZ Steinlager from an international line-up. Still, the noise doesn’t deter the regulars on a sunny day, and they’re perfectly happy in the casual, woody bar at other times. Head through to the dining room and things take a sophisticated turn, with sleek furniture and linen-clad tables. One “reasonably priced” menu fits all: you could go for some hand-cut charcuterie followed by beer-battered haddock and chips, or up the ante by ordering pan-fried scallops with sauce vierge and crispy kale ahead of rabbit and pancetta ballottine with savoy cabbage and celeriac cream. For afters, desserts such as treacle tart with popcorn ice cream are always a treat. A separate daytime menu (12N-6pm) specialises in cheap deals.
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63 Abbey Road
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Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 3
Four of us ate at the Salt House last night (4 March). The first impression is of a warm, friendly local gastropub. However, initially, there was a queue of diners waiting to be seated and no-one remotely interested in helping – after a couple of minutes watching people “tutt, tutt” I went into the kitchen and appealed for help ! After that, things largely improved apart from the fact that almost all the wines at the “value” end of the list were “off” ! The suggested alternative to a £16.95 bottle of white cost £31.00 – so I thought that the waiter was either “having a laugh” or bonkers. Eventually, we settled for a very nice, cheap Viura (less than £15) and a bottle of a Cab Sauv from South Africa. The food was surprisingly good – hurrah ! The duck rillettes were as billed, the goats cheese salad was (I was told) very good. The Burger was very enjoyable and cooked medium as requested, The haddock and chips looked generous and was well received. One person had the steak and, having said that she would not be able to finish it, our friend consumed absolutely everything on the plate – which must be good. My wife had the salmon fishcakes and thought that they were not as bland as they sometimes can be (so why choose them ?). Altogether, a welcome surprise. We've booked to go back with our sons and their girlfirends !
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