Billing itself as a great value steak and chop house in central London, Blacklock’s on-trend feel and great food is definitely worth talking about, with the cool basement dining room becoming a well-known hot spot for West End diners on the prowl.
Blacklock’s incognito street entrance (be careful not to miss it) adds to the allure, although it won’t prepare you for the rocking basement room that is full to bursting with a garrulous young crowd. Vintage Blacklock foundry irons are used to press the likes of pork, lamb and beef chops on the charcoal grill, which also lends its smoky flavours to daily specials such as maple-cured bacon.
The most popular option on the menu though (and a favourite of ours) is Blacklock Soho’s all-in sharing option, which sees the day’s ‘skinny’ pork, beef and lamb chops piled onto strips of toasted flatbread which soak up the meat juices, with sides ranging from beef-dripping chips to courgettes with Doddington cheese. For £20 a head, this sharing-style feast is remarkably good value in this part of town and is a carnivore’s dream.
The fun list of cocktails is also a steal, with sips starting at just five pounds a pop. If you’re not a lover of Porn Star Martinis though, you can instead pick from a clutch of British beers and wines on tap. You can make a reservation if you wish, but Blacklock Soho keeps back a fair amount of tables for walk-ins. The gargantuan Sunday roast meanwhile is often hailed as one of the best in London and tables for this can be booked up months in advance.
Blacklock has gone on to achieve huge success on the capital’s dining scene, subsequently opening two further locations in the City and Shoreditch, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see more opening sometime soon.