London's new chef-led gastro pubs
There's a bevy of new pubs offering food a cut above the often underwhelming gastro-style menus. At these public houses, the ingredients are the finest and most seasonal on offer, and the chefs are mighty impressive. And, they still serve a pint and a decent Sunday lunch.
Here are five of the best recent openings.
Previously executive chef of Duck & Waffle, Dan Doherty's first solo venture is a grand Victorian Grade II listed corner house in the heart of Marylebone. It retains its original panelled walls, ceilings and painted tiles alongside leather banquet seating.
The Royal Oak is hardly your average pub but Dan is taking the best classic British pub stalwarts such as Scotch eggs and sausage rolls, and serving them with more full-course dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder with aubergine stew and smoked yoghurt.
The Saturday Brunch menu includes: Brixham crab; Benedict baked eggs in a roasted mushroom cream, spinach, cheddar, chives and devilled hollandaise; and ham hock hash.
Most splendid of all is the Sunday Roast menu, that focusses on traditional British roasts including Berkshire pork and free-range Castlemeade chicken, each with a home-made Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, creamed celeriac, carrots, and cavalo nero. The menu also features Dan’s decadent cauliflower cheese.
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