Tucked within the City of London's iconic Leadenhall Market is Langbourns, a classic seafood restaurant with richly-hued, sophisticated interiors to match the historic feel of its location.
Guests are greeted by cosy booths of deep green and burgundy leather, atmospheric lighting and a brasserie-style bar, perfect for getting together with friends over some of east London's finest seafood. Indeed, a Langbourns' rite of passage is a serving of Colchester rock oysters, either presented cold with bacon jam and chives, or hot with crispy katsu curry, thermidor gratin or in a tempura batter with citrus mayonnaise. The restaurant even offers an oyster happy hour from 4-6pm, Monday-Friday, so you can really get your fill.
While choosing your mains, enjoy some nibbles from the appetisers and starters sections. We particularly like the sound of the pork crunch, salt beef Scotch egg with kimchi aioli and anchovies on toast with cured lemon, if choosing something small for the table. Or, how about enjoying seared scallops with smoked garlic and caper butter, or crispy lamb belly with cherry molasses all to yourself? If a show-stopper is what you're after, though, consider the seafood platter which is one way to kick off the party, and comes with a whole lobster as well as gin and tonic salmon and potted prawns.
Then there's lots to choose from across the larger plates with options like crab bisque linguine, braised beef cheek and maple glazed porchetta, alongside well-loved classics such as fish and chips with pea liquor and tartare sauce. As well as knowing its stuff when it comes to seafood, Langbourns is also careful to work with British farmers on sourcing the best cuts of beef, cooked on the grill. Choose between sirloin, rib-eye and T-bone, or share the cote de boeuf between two.
Langbourns is incredibly passionate about offering a great selection of drinks alongside its food menu, with a curated list of fine wines and signature cocktails such as the Flower Market Sour which mixes Hendricks Gin, lychee liqueur, Darjeeling and jasmine syrup, honey, lemon juice and Prosecco.