Angler

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SquareMeal Review of Angler

Gold Award

Fish-focused Angler is a blessing for City diners who are surprised – and delighted – to find “such an atmospheric restaurant” on their home turf. With its relaxed vibe, beautiful minimalist interiors and stunning, glass-fronted setting atop the South Place hotel, it’s no wonder this place wins plaudits, although Gary Foulkes’ “outstanding” seafood cookery is the real star here.  

For starters, we reckon his super-clean tartares are probably London’s best – look out for the mackerel version dotted with oyster cream, apple sticks and leaves of shiso or a tuna riff involving avocado purée and wasabi. Alternatively, kick off with roast Orkney scallop partnered by Tokyo turnips, glazed pork ribs and almonds.

It’s all about showcasing the finest fish the kitchen can lay its hands on: slices of just-poached Cornish lobster in delicate ajo blanco with melon and sprightly lobster summer rolls on the side; turbot, quivering on a mound of Japanese mushrooms and buckwheat noodles in the lightest dashi broth; a fat chunk of golden roasted cod with grilled squid, glossy meat sauce and buttery girolles.

Angler may be a seafood specialist, but meat eaters aren’t ignored (witness roast Lancashire duck with beetroot, offal tart and quince), and desserts are no afterthought either: raspberry and rice pudding soufflé with lemon verbena ice cream is a reminder of the indulgent creations Foulkes served up at his previous home, The Square in Mayfair.  

Service can’t be faulted, and the sommelier is eager to “share his knowledge” of the wine list, while flexible set lunch menus (choose two, three or six courses) offer something for every budget.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Fish
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Wheelchair access
People
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About

Another jewel in restaurant group D&D’s ubiquitous empire is Angler, a Michelin-starred restaurant perched at the top of South Place Hotel specialising in sustainably-sourced fish and seafood. Led by executive chef Gary Foulkes, the menu features an ever-changing display of modern and innovative dishes, with both a la carte and tasting menus available. Gary has spent more than two decades working in Michelin-starred restaurants, starting his career under the guidance of acclaimed Gary Rhodes before going on to work at two-starred The Vineyard at Stockcross, one-starred Aubergine in Chelsea and two-starred The Square in Mayfair.

In addition to the main restaurant, The Angler Terrace is a rooftop terrace and bar which offers guests fantastic views across the capital. Offering a retractable roof and heaters, it’s a great place to soak up the city’s skyline all year round, and functions as an extension of the restaurant should you wish to enjoy a meal here.

The a la carte menu offers a concise selection of starters, mains and dessert, revolving predominantly around fish and seafood. To start, you may enjoy the likes of sea bass tartare with oyster cream, green apple and shiso, or native lobster ravioli with chicory, Japanese citrus and basil. While mains might include Cornish monkfish with pumpkin gnocchi, chestnut and rosemary butter. The tasting menu begins with a selection of snacks, from a comte, goat’s curd and pumpkin gougere to prawn and squid ink crackers with smoked cod’s roe and espelette peppers. This is followed by seven courses, not including petit fours.

To drink, there is an extensive bottled wine list which is carefully selected by its resident Sommelier. Discover a huge range of wines by the glass if you’d like to try a few, as well as a global selection of fine and premium bottles.

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Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Yes, the dress code is smart casual.

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The Executive Chef is Gary Foulkes, who has two decades working in Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Location

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, Moorgate, London, EC2M 2AF

020 3215 1260 020 3215 1260

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:15
Wed 18:00-21:15
Thu 18:00-21:15
Fri 18:00-21:15
Sat 18:00-21:15
Sun Closed

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33 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Linda L

31 January 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Fabulous

Had a fabulous meal to celebrate a special occasssion on a week night. Everything was perfect from the attentive service to the delicious food. Would highly recommend.  Expensive but worth it. 

Nicola T

13 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Anonymous

27 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Anon

10 March 2023  
Food & Drink 4
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 2.5
Outstanding food, terrible service

9 course tasting menu (7 excluding canape) took over 3 hours. 20-30 min between courses. Had to rush our last 2 courses and completely miss the last. Had to fight for a 10% discount to the bill. Excuses included “it was a busy night” and claims 'everything arrives on time' - I’m sorry, for a £135 tasting menu I expect nothing less than perfect operations.

Anonymous

22 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4

Excellent seafood focussed cuisine with innovative menu. Everything is carefully thoughtout from malt Marmite butter, warm sourdough bread, tasty amuse bouche to beautifully cooked fish. Some dishes, portions were small. 

We felt let down by the service, which at times slow. 

Angela W

16 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
The Angler resturant experience

Staff are helpful from the moment you walk into the hotel.  The receptionist was very professional warm and welcoming.   The service was also excellent and explaining the dishes was helpful.  As for the food it was amaxing and bursting with flavors which danced on my tongue.  No complaints at all.  The wine was great too.  My daugher was offered an alternative for the tartar and she loved it.  Complements to the chef!  

 

Anon

08 September 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 2
Value 5
Good food but atmosphere lacking

Food was great, as you would expect from a Michelin restaurant and service was good.  The atmosphere was lacking however, as the restaurant was virtually empty. Maybe we were just unlucky on the day we visited.

Nicola T

31 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Exceptional cooking and value for money

Another exception meal at Angler, the staff are super friendly, great atmosphere and sublim food... always! Always guaranteed to have an excellent experience and the changing menus make every visit a culinary journey of adventure!

Caitlin H

26 July 2019  
Everything is perfect, from interesting dishes with impeccable flavours to the flawless service.

Anon

08 July 2019  
Has to be one of the best seafood restaurants in London. Delightful decor, great service, great food. Not ridiculously expensive for a Michelin starred restaurant.
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