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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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NLJP posted:

The Euston Tap/Cider Tap is fun. Just outside Euston railway station in a pair of tiny old Royal Mail sorting houses. Last night was the first time I went but it was very pleasant but you'll probably have to stand. A dozen or so regional ciders with very friendly staff while at the Euston Tap opposite there's dozens upon dozens of bottled beers and another ten or so on tap. Had a great perry and fantastic bitter.

There's a great Sichuan place called Chili Cool about 10 minutes away too. It was a good evening

The Euston/Cider Tap and the Bree Louise (linked earlier) are about a 5 minute walk away from each other, so ideal for cider/real ale drinkers.

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Lady Gaza posted:

I think the Bree has gone downhill lately, last few times I've been I've found their beer disgusting. Not a fan of the Tap either, it's always rammed and there are better pubs for ale. I'd recommend the Harp near Trafalgar Square. It gets busy too but their selection is amazing.

I haven't done the Bree since ~2009 when it was my local. I guess I've been blessed with nights at the Tap when we found a place to perch outside/downstairs and it wasn't too crazy.

But now living on top of old street tube; I give my beer/gin money to Nightjar, the Fox and Anchor, The Eagle, the Old Fountain and occasionally the Craft Beer Co if I want to spend 4 on a half pint...

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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DirtyDirt posted:

. My first day in London we're planning on meeting up with a friend and his GF and I think Nightjar sounds like a cool bar to check out.

For Nightjar if there is live music (i.e. Wednesday-Saturday) you need reservations, as it's seating only. If it's a popular act then often you need to book a table weeks in advance. Just email them.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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I went to Dukes last night. The ribs that Timeout praised were good but overcooked. The craft beer selection was outstanding.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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http://www.beardtotail.co.uk/ opened up in Shoreditch. Menus on their facebook page or here http://i.imgur.com/8HsCT.jpg

I'm going to try and get down there this week.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Kaiho posted:

Brewdog Shoreditch is due to have a Japanese food stall thing as a concession. Going by how they didn't pull punches on their burgers and pizzas at Camden I'm looking forward to trying it.

I didn't realise Mason and Taylor had closed

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Byron is the king of mid-tier chain dining.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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If we're on the topic of bottle shops, my local is the City Beverage Company on Old Street (http://www.citybeverage.co.uk/). If you're buying beer or wine for BYO Vietnamese on Kingsland road and you go anywhere else buying cans of Holsten Pils you're doing it wrong.

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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went to the new version of Meat******* this evening in Hoxton and between us (on an aluminium tray) we got two glorious rare burgers, chili fries and i personally enjoyed a quality negroni plus an unfiltered+unpasteurised Budvar "Yeast". I plan to go back,

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Raffles posted:

How was the queuing time? I went to the one off Oxford Street on a visit not long ago and didn't mind the 45 min wait, but I have a few friends who hate the trend of not being able to book a table in advance.

10 minutes waiting time on a Saturday night for us (albeit it was pretty snowy this weekend) and at they have a very cool bar that you can have a drink at while you wait.

I believe at the Hoxton branch you can also reserve tables.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Kaiho posted:

Hey so I am still undecided on where to take the family (including a pesky vegetarian) for my graduation dinner next week. Was thinking of Chez Bruce since they do a nice set of stuff but they've only got a super late seating.

I'm not a massive foodie; neither am I looking for a specific type of cuisine. I'd just like something nicer than average that me and the folks sitting down in suits would feel is a bit special.


I genuinely considered Hawksmoor for a bit but their non-meat menu is lacking.

I do not mind a (reasonable) queue, especially if there is a bar.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

I've always thought the Chancery (http://thechancery.co.uk/) is really above par food at very reasonable prices for their set menu. Not much of a bar though.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Twozzok posted:

Went to Flat Iron Friday evening. It was superb, the service was the best I've seen in a restaurant, and even though they don't take reservations and it took us about an hour to get a table it didn't feel like it was time wasted.

Also, the popcorn is probably the best popcorn I've ever had. The fries were excellent, and the steak was so good I had two.

I went to the pop-up at the Owl and Pussycat on Redchurch Street last summer and it was unbelievably good for only 10. I assume they must sous-vide it to get it so tender.

Raffles posted:

So I visited Belgo in Covent Garden on Saturday and managed to get sat in half an hour with no reservation which I was chuffed about.

I find Belgo Covent Garden a good bet because there's a reasonable bar to have a drink while you wait for a table. Nothing wrong with hanging around and sampling a few beers before your mussels.


tentish klown posted:

a) I'm not sure how I would deal with 2 slices of porn on my noodles.

Soho's probably the most likely place to get porn on your noodle.

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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I've never made it to dessert at Hawksmoor.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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jooky posted:

I'm going London with some friends soon, and I was hoping for some recommendations for some reasonably priced lunch and dinner spots. We'll be staying in Shoreditch at the Hoxton for most of my trip (Mon-Fri), and at the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington on Saturday and Sunday. I've looked a few pages back and already gleaned some places that look interesting (Shoryu, Best Mangal, Honest Burger), but I was hoping for some general suggestions for places to eat that won't break the bank for an entire week. Obviously we'll be doing some sightseeing, and we'll be hitting up a lot of museums like the Tate, Science, and Natural History, plus the usual touristy places around Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, etc, so any suggestions for restaurants around those places would be wonderful. Curry suggestions in particular would be great, as there seems to be so many of them it'd be hard to make the right choice with out some guidance.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Mate you're in exactly the right place at the Hoxton. Your nearest tube is Old Street, I live in one of the flats overlooking the roundabout. The London rule that the closer you are to the tube, the worse the bar/pub/shop, is pretty much in full force.

The local great food is Vietnamese. Suggest you look at Cay Tre and then wander up to Kingsland Road for a mile of Vietnamese Restaurants (http://goo.gl/maps/oPL7y). Next to the arches on Kingsland Road is the "Bridge Street Coffee House" which upstairs has the most insane art deco attic I've ever seen. Fully licenced so head there for Turkish delight and Turkish beer/coffee.

Other great local restaurants include a 2 minute walk to Beard to Tail (http://www.beardtotail.co.uk) which is a meat, bourbon and cocktails specialty. Slightly further away but essential dining is Hawksmoor Spitalfields (http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/spitalfields), for mine the best steak in London, but at a price.

To drink later in the evening you're not short of bars - the Hoxton's bar is quite good anyway. In any case try and get a reservation (ask the concierge) at Nightjar (http://www.barnightjar.com/) or turn up early-ish to Happiness Forgets (http://www.happinessforgets.com/) which are both prohibition style downstairs bars with incredible drink menus.

I work pretty crazy hours in a private equity group in Mayfair but always keen to grab a beer in the evening if you want to meet a local.

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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jooky posted:

Awesome! Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll definitely be checking some of these places out. I'd definitely be up for grabbing a beer if my friends aren't too put off by meeting someone from the internet. I'll be there all next week so I'll drop you a PM before I leave.

No worries mate let me know if you want to grab a beer, no stress if not.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Best picanha I've had in london is in the "Little Portugal" area near Stockwell. There are 4-5 bars and restaurants in a row that do great Portuguese and Brazilian food.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Loving Africa Chaps posted:

My brothers pub/brasserie https://www.the3crowns.co.uk is just round the corner from you and does some great modern British food. The old fountain is over the road from the them and has a terrace which is really nice for drinking when it's sunny.

Great queen street is also fantastic and well worth going to when you venture into town.

Seconding the old fountain. It's my closest pub and has 8-10 craft beers on tap and a cracking roof terrace.

Saw that the three crowns has reopened, haven't had a beer there but need to check it out, especially if there is a forums connection.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Best pub in that area is the Fox and Anchor (http://www.foxandanchor.com) by a considerable margin - does a mean fish and chips as well.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Peasant is a great pub as well - drink there infrequently but haven't eaten there in a few years ( we usually walk a bit further to Exmouth Market).

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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head into Chinatown? I usually go to the Four Seasons for BBQ meat and rice post theatre.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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wei posted:

Ended up making a booking for Bocca Di Lupo which doesn't fit what I asked for in my post earlier, but I just couldn't resist it after looking at their menu.

Bocca is wonderful food but certainly a different price bracket. You'll have a great time there.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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The Old Fountain near Old Street (EC1V 9NU) always has 2 or 3 Kernel beers on tap amongst its 15-20 draft beers. About a 5/10 minute walk from your flat. It's my local - great roof terrace when the weather is good.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Then go across the road and eat in my bros place

3 Crowns right? We went there on Sunday morning/midday about a month ago and we were told "we don't do brunch on Sundays". That being said - the roasts looked incredible with yorkshires the size of my head.

Have been there a few times for beers, they're doing a good thing.

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powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

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I've been there about 5-6 times and never had a bad experience. It's a bit expensive for what it is - but I've never had an issue with the food/drinks/service.

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