The Lady Ottoline 1

11a Northington Street , London, WC1N 2JF

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SquareMeal Review of The Lady Ottoline

Like its sister venue the Princess Victoria, The Lady Ottoline knows how to give good gastro. Tucked down a backstreet, it feels like a great little find. Relax downstairs in the street-level bar with its dark wood, chequered floor and open fire, enjoying a pint of ale or a bar snack (think homemade sausage rolls and Scotch eggs). Alternatively, venture up to the green dining room and enjoy table service from chatty staff. Here, pepped-up pub classics make the grade with the likes of lamb tongue with soft-boiled eggs and nettled pesto, whole grilled plaice with fennel and English cucumber, or pork rib-eye with tropea onions and bitter caramel. If it’s the season, plump for a hearty portion of game. For pudding, think Eton mess with braised berries, basil and flaked almonds, or raspberry tartlet with lemon curd and roasted white chocolate.


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Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.5

Value: 7.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stuart B. 21 January 2012

Went for dinner upstairs last night and it was excellent. The staff are friendly, great atmosphere, food delicious. Good selection of cask ales with a few I haven't seen before. Can highly recommend the partridge parcel as well as the lamb rump and the pork belly for mains. Vey tasty and good size portions. Food could have been a bit quicker, but this place is well worth a visit.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Nick J. 21 January 2012

Sadly it's going downhill after a great start. 5 visits to the Lady O since opening, my first 2 visits in nov were fantastic, albeit small portions. At the 3rd, we left after waiting an hour without food. Staff were v aplogetic. At the 4th, the food was average. the 5th yesterday was terrible – pork belly arrived 90% fat, white & wobbly, barely browned on the top – surely it should have been cooked slowly to render down? A replacement dish of venison casserole was more like a venison soup with just 2 drizzled small pieces of meat in it. The decor & service are great, but food that's now worse than brewery gastropub chain? I hope they replace the chef, otherwise I doubt they'll last long.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Kate M. 09 November 2011

Lovely staff, great atmosphere, food is delicious and its all at a great price. Highly recommended!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ben S. 26 October 2011

Beautifully and stylishly reburbished, it creates a cosy but relaxed and sophisticated setting. The food is high-quality gastropub food, and not too expensive. There's a much greater range of bottled beer than draught, and a good wine list with good quality lower-priced options. The staff are super-friendly. It's the perfect place when you're just a bit too tired to go home and cook for yourself.

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The Morrell Room
Capacity: 14
The Dining Room
Capacity: 45

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