There are also some boutique hotel rooms upstairs and a bustling pub on the ground floor.
THE GRUB: Immaculately presented British comfort food that is so much more than just pub fare. The deconstructed ploughman’s starter, complete with a mini pork pie, is easily big enough for two but tasty enough that you’ll want it all for yourself.
Thankfully, my date gets her own starter so I don’t have to share. Her potted duck is a touch bland, but is saved by the delicious sweet chutney that accompanies it.
My market fish of the day is a well-cooked, melt-in-the-mouth rainbow trout with a delightfully different bacon mash. My date’s chicken with bacon and sage stuffing is hearty and warming, although the chips are over-seasoned even for me, a salt junkie.
Make sure you save room for a blondie. Embedded with pecan nuts and cranberries, the delicious dessert leaves us wanting more and I could easily wolf down another. The accompanying white chocolate ice cream is the icing on the cake, no pun intended. In contrast, the spiced apple tart and sea-salt caramel ice cream doesn’t blow us away. Although perhaps that’s just down to the competition it faces.
BEHIND THE BAR: There’s a very extensive and carefully handpicked wine list and a number of good cocktails. Be sure to try the Basil Fawlty.
BILL PLEASE: Starters from £7; mains from £12.50; desserts from £6.50. A bottle of wine from £18; cocktails from £7.
VERDICT: Centrally located with a simple and unpretentious menu and well-presented dishes. Friendly staff and good wine finish off the package.
6 New Quebec Street, W1H 7RQ
Tube: Marble Arch
Words: Azzam Alkadhi