Turns out a £60 million makeover can have some pretty impressive results. That figure is what Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber spent on the redevelopment and restoration of Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. While there are four eating and drinking destinations within the complex, The Garden takes centre stage.
Here an all-day menu unfolds to offer guests a taste of seasonal British cooking at any time of day or night, and the best bit is you don’t have to be seeing a show to bag a table. Everyone is welcome. Combining indoor and outdoor dining spaces, The Garden is a little oasis in the middle of the creative chaos of Theatreland. The cavernous space is filled with natural daylights, oversized chandeliers and lush planting which combine to create a calming atmosphere.
Simple food is at the heart of the offering at The Garden, with classic light bites like potted shrimps or smoked duck breast rillette sitting side by side with sausage rolls and a platter of crudites and hummus. Cheeseboards are a specialty too, with combinations having been masterminded by Provisions fromagerie. Happy Endings provide ice cream sandwiches, while famed east London baker Lily Vanilli supplies a range of delicious bakes each day.
While the space isn’t a formal, sit-down affair, it’s all the more charming for its relaxed approach. The Garden is the perfect place to stop in after a spot of shopping or before seeing a show, and with no restrictions on what and when to eat there’s the freedom to order a generous selection of sharing plates for lunch or equally simply stop by for a few cocktails in the evening.
The drinks have a wonderfully botanical theme which is amplified in the signature cocktail list. Here the flavours of rhubarb and elderflower combine in the Brydge St Spritz, while a fruity punch makes the most of tropical flavours.