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13 Langham Place, Upper Regent Street
Originally a Victorian banking hall, this majestic belle époque room attached to The Langham hotel is now gloriously attired with glossy asparagus-green paintwork, flamboyant chandeliers and comfy banquettes. As a vision of a modern British tavern, The Wigmore is a happy marriage of old-school style, switched-on service and heritage pub grub with a contemporary twist (courtesy of Michel Roux Jr’s deputies). Drinks are overseen by the team at the hotel’s award-winning Artesian bar, so expect punch cups, shandies and ‘hoptails' echoing the beery British cocktails popular during Georgian times: Season of the Witch, for example, combines bathtub sloe gin, spiced mead, mango, grapefruit and raspberries with The Wigmore’s own Saison beer. Elsewhere, modern London classics such as Treacle and Brigadoon (Balvenie whisky, apricot brandy and orgeat) appear alongside vintage hits including Toreador and Hanky Panky – that most sexy of Martinis. Superior bar snacks run from buttered crumpets with brown crabmeat and Indian-style spiced Scotch eggs with dhal relish to mussels in cider with smoked ham, cauliflower kedgeree or gammon, egg and crisps with sriracha mayo, while sweet familiars such as raspberry trifle and peach cobbler are suitably (Wig)moreish.
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SquareMeal 2 Stars
13 Langham Place, Upper Regent Street
020 7965 0198
Oxford Circus Tube Station 337m
Bond Street Tube Station 558m
Great Portland Street 224m
Topshop (Oxford Circus) 303m
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (Thurs-Sat -1am)
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Food + drink: 5
I have had the pleasure of dining at the Wigmore on a number of occasions in the past few months and every time has been hugely enjoyable. The food is of excellent quality, with a few interesting “fusions” of flavours, I adore the scotch egg, the stovetop toastie and the bloody Mary salted chips, and I had the most flavoursome, crispy-pastry, chicken pie and mash that I have dreamt about many times since. The room itself (formerly the spa reception and seating area), has been transformed into a light and airy space with high and low seating and a fantastic selection of wines and beers if you just pop by for a drink – although, be warned, unless you are eating, you can’t reserve a seat and it gets very busy in the evenings – an argument broke out next to us last time we were there as someone was trying to “hold” 10 seats for her friends for over an hour and preventing others from sitting down. The Green room at the back of the bar is available for hire (I have hosted 2 parties here recently), it is a great space for around 40 people, with great selection of snacks from the menu. The staff are excellent.
Food + drink: 4
A few weeks back, I got the opportunity to try out the Wigmore, an opulent British Tavern, sitting off Regent’s Street. Honestly, the interior is absolutely beautiful with alluring painting leather upholstery and emerald green interior, this is one elegant tavern, that screams of British authenticity.
I am still doing dry January, so I opted for a Blackberry and Raspberry tavern lemonade. The lemonade was so sweet and bursting with flavour as the blackberry really shines through and gives off a dark candied taste.
My guest opted for the ginger tavern lemonade but described this lemonade as having a more bitter taste afterwards. He later switched to the blackberry and rosemary after.
For starters, we shared the masala-spiced Scotch egg with dahl relish. The presentation of the Scotch egg alone makes you not want to disturb its craftsmanship, as the Scotch egg is so artistic. However, once bitten inside the centre is soft and dewy with the egg being well seasoned and is slightly poached. Due to its Indian origin, the dahl relish sat well with the masala spices and made the scotch egg slightly spicy but still enjoyable to eat. This is a must-have from the menu!
Salmon is one of my favourite fishes, so I was bound to choose the smoked salmon with crème Fraiche and rye bread. I forgot to ask them to take off the crème Fraiche before serving, as I cannot eat crème, so overall it was not my favourite. I did enjoy the bread, although it was rye, it was still moist and savoury. The salmon needed a bit more flavour.
Lastly, we ordered thick fat chips, with bloody Mary salt, which sounds like a strange combination but you can actually taste the bloody Mary.
For my main, I had the duck leg with braised lentils. The duck leg shell was crispy on the outside but soft and broke easily once cut into. I loved how moist and full of flavour the inside of the duck leg is and tastes better once dipped in the braised lentil sauce. The braised lentil sauce also had pieces of finely chopped pork inside which soon became overwhelming. This dish brought back childhood memories of primary school dinners. However, this main is very filling, and I would recommend no starters when having this main.
My guest chose the ham and parsley pie with champ mash but decided to remove the mustard from his main. I managed to get a taste and this is a must-have dish! The pie is crusty on the outside but the inside of the pie is succulent, mixed with pieces of ham and parsley sauce. The mash compliments the pie as the taste is creamy and sweet.
Overall, the food at the Wigmore speaks for itself, as the dishes are British inspired and very rich in flavour. Definitely, a restaurant to try out if you want to taste authentic British food!
What to wear: Smart
(I wore a faux fur jacket, t-shirt, leather pants and heels)
Ambience: I went during the afternoon, so there were meeting and businessmen around.
The Wigmore is everything you could hope for and more in an English pub. The perfect setting to unwind after a stint of shopping in the nearby West end. The food was of high quality and luxurious, not the kind of pub food I've ever experienced before, my favourites were the crab on crumpets and the venison pie - UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. Considering the standard I thought it was all very reasonably priced. The atmosphere was lovely, and it is worth going just to admire the wonderful decoration of a very spectacular venue! The wine and champagne lists were also excellent. As you may be able to tell, I really had a great time at The Wigmore, so much so that I am taking my in-laws there on Saturday!
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