Wednesday, March 5, 2014

London Guide: The Lady Ottoline

I have heard a lot of great things about this pub for quite a while.  In fact, a visit to The Lady Ottoline was on my London To-Do list back in October 2012.  The other night, I finally ended up at The Lady Ottoline for dinner, and I was certainly not disappointed.

Located in what is arguably the best bit of Bloomsbury, this pub is known for its great food.  The head chef, Alan Irwin, was formerly at a Michelin star restaurant and was a finalist of the Roux Scholarship. The Lady Ottoline sources all of its meat and fish from the UK and lists the farms from which it gets its meat on its website.

For dinner, I had venison and mash with mushrooms, which was all really well cooked - the venison being rare, as it definitely should be.  I ordered mash instead of the new potatoes that came with the dish, and there were no problems in doing so.  Unfortunately, I can't give the dish to you as it was listed on the menu, as the menu changes often and the website only give a sample dinner menu.

I have heard that The Lady Ottoline is great for lunch, if you have time for a sit down meal. Served from 12-3pm on weekdays, the lunch menu includes things like Kentish pork rillettes with Braeburn apple piccalilli, Chart Farm venison carpaccio & turnip remoulade, braised prk belly with winter leaf, black pudding and potato pan haggerty and a burger and 8oz sirlion, both with triple dipped chips.  The food is all slightly on the pricey side, but well worth the treat.

As a pub, they serve local ales on tap, as well as quality imported ales, mostly from the USA.  There is also an impressive wine list, and the restaurant takes care to sample and choose its wines carefully.  They even have a wine of the month.

Ratings: (numbers out of 10, £ out of 4) 

Food: 8
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 9
Price: £££
Overall experience: 8.5

(All images above from The Lady Ottoline website)

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