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Albannach – style on the square

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The Albannach is pretty established now.  I went there a few times just after it opened, eating in the restaurant and in the bar. I was impressed by the quality and style of the place, especially when you consider its location in Trafalgar Square. So now several years later we decided to make a return visit.  The decor and layout had changed a bit, but the Alabannach still has its own distinctive style.  The interior design incorporates some stunning customized lighting, using a Stag and Antlers theme.

My reservation was based on ordering from the set menu (part of a deal I used to cash in on some of my toptable points). This turned out to be a bit of a false economy, as we found this menu to be a little too basic for our taste.  On past experience I think going a la carte might be a better option here.

The 3 fish terrine we had for starters was good, but the main courses were disappointing,  in that I had to order an extra dish to go with my sea bass and the alternative main course option of lamb stew would not have been out of place in a soup kitchen.  The watery stew was definitely not sophisticated enough for this type of venue.  Fortunately we ordered a very nice (if expensive) bottle of Gewürztraminer to drown the rather disappointing food.

Marks out of 10

Food 4.5

Service  5

Ambience 6

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Where to eat and drink in Londons West End – Tourist Central!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The West End technically covers:-

Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Holborn, Marylebone, Mayfair, Seven Dials, Soho, St James and Westminster.

That is a pretty large area, so I am going to focus on the centre of the West End or Tourist Central, i.e., places around Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. This is mainly because finding a decent restaurant or bar in this area is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack.

So here are my top 10 recommendations, in no particular order.

1. The Albannach , Trafalgar Square – A very stylish “Scottish” Bar and Restaurant.  Open for Breakfast too. I would recommend reserving a table here rather than doing a walk in, you can make a reservation on line using their website.

2.Rockwell, Trafalgar Hotel – Two Top class bars (Upper and Lower Rockwell – Upper Rockwell is the roof top bar with stunning views), service can be a bit hit and miss.

3.Thai Square, Trafalgar Square – it’s not the best Thai restaurant in London by any means, but it is part of a reliable chain. (It has recently won an award to say it is the best – so judge for yourself).  It is also a good location for larger groups.

4.The Portrait Restaurant, in the National Portrait Gallery – reliable food, good for an inexpensive “Afternoon Tea”, great views over Trafalgar Square. Can get very busy at peak times, so I would also recommend reserving a table here via their website.

5.Asia de Cuba,  St Martins Lane Hotel – Very stylish and expensive venue, food is specifically designed for sharing, so ideal for groups of 4 or more.

6.The Mint Leaf, Piccadilly – a stylish, Modern Indian Restaurant and Bar. Good Pre Theatre venue.

7. Brasserie Roux, Piccadilly – a good choice for a pre theatre meal, the restaurant is in the Sofitel Hotel. The Hotel has a comfortable cocktail bar, which is a  refuge from the crowds. There is also the Rose Room, which is good for a more upmarket  “Afternoon Tea”.

8. 5th View Bar & Food, Waterstones, Piccadilly - For a book store cafe, this place is great, it does good reasonably priced cocktails and the food is way better that you would expect (limited choice though). Nice selection of cakes – the carrot cake is particularly good.

9.The Wolseley, Piccadilly – European Style Brasserie, very popular, stunning room – great for people watching if you can get a table.

10.Atheneaum Hotel, Piccadilly – The restaurant serves classic British food. The hotel also does a really good “Afternoon Tea” and has a bar that is both cosy and stylish (and expensive!). It also has The Pudding Parlour which I have not tried, but it does sound and look wonderful – Pudding Parlour post



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