Tuesday

Berners Tavern...

Mr Atherton, I want to take my hat off to you. Not only have you had a remarkable couple of years with the opening of Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House. I've now found my ultimate Central London restaurant...

Berners Tavern is quite possibly the most gorgeous, decadent dining room I have ever been in...




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It literally took mine and my fellow diners breath away. 

Mr D and I nestled into the cocktail menu at the bar whilst we waited for our guests. Now, the boys behind the bar here certainly know their spirits. I started off with a grown up milkshake 'cereal killer' a rum based cocktail made with coco pops and all sorts of chocolate naughtiness...



Mr D chose the 'mead myself and aye' a cider base with apple liqueur and honey, another refreshing and innovative thirst quencher...


Making friends with the adorable and charismatic barmen I decided to test their skills and asked them to make me up a gin based cocktail of their choice, as long as it was 'off menu'. A delicious melon tasting concoction arrived complete with edible flower and rosemary sprig it was very, very good. 






Mr D then followed with a more manly lager in the fabulous 'Atherton tankards'...



Luckily by now (for fear of getting properly stuck in) our guests had arrived and we were whisked off to a lovely banquette table by the busy kitchen. The atmosphere at Berners Tavern is electric, whomever does the playlist deserves some sort of award, as the background music is fantastic.

More cocktails arrived...


Followed by a sensible choice of wine to accompany the meal ahead... n.b. the wine list is higgledy piggledy so don't go looking for the '3rd bottle down' you'll be hit with a £406 red - ouch! We went mid market and got a red and a white for around the £40 mark. 

The menu reads exceptionally well and all of us found it rather hard to choose, so much so, we had to send the waitress away twice to give more time.

Once chosen, starters began to arrive swiftly - a good thing beings as I was now three cocktails down and wine was beginning to be poured...

My starter of scallop ceviche, avocado, radish, baby gem and chilli with lime ice was light, zingy and super fresh. It totally woke up my taste buds and had an excellent mixture of textures - simple, yet utterly wonderful and looked as pretty as a picture. 


The two boys around the table had 'ham, eggs and peas' - duck egg, mushy peas and crispy ham...oozy, runny yolk sat on a rich, vibrant bed of peas.. mmmm mmmm...


Service here is impeccable, staff whizz around light footed and unnoticed appearing at the perfect time to fill up your glass/order more water etc etc... another nod towards Atherton's other excellent restaurants. 

For mains, I opted for the cod served with leeks, the fish cooked to absolute perfection was divine, the ham added the right amount of saltiness and another dimension of texture. I thoroughly enjoyed this heart warming dish and more so as our little country was now fully immersed into winter and more so as this was a particularly wet and windy evening!


Mr D and Miss E both had the Dingley Dell pork chop, braised baby gem, fig chutney and Kent cob nut (a type of hazelnut). This smelt incredible!


Not being able to resist the duck fat chips we shared two of these for the table and were not disappointed. Perfectly crisp coating and fluffy middle.



We had puddings to share; A small selection of mini macaroons and cheeses. The cheese I didn't sample but the macaroon I had was lovely and light, if only they were a little bigger!






Our time was up at 9:15pm for the second seating (we had been at the table since 6:30pm) and the waiter had kindly reserved us a table by the bar area to move onto - excellent service yet again. This however did then set us up for more cocktail drinking - most definitely not needed. 

Vespers arrived and I knew at this point I would be on a dance floor within the hour...luckily for us me there's one underneath the restaurant which is part of the hotel so we didn't have far to stagger...




We arrived at 6pm and left at 3:30am...

It's incredibly good fun but be prepared/afraid to enter and never emerge until the wee hours of the next morning, wake up with a sore head and an astronomically large receipt stuffed in your wallet... (in excess of £150pp) this was more so to do with getting over excited about the cocktails, wine and prosecco...

It's not your average Tavern, in fact it's quite the opposite. Pop on your best, sling on your heels and enjoy the decadent fabulousness that will unfold. Berners Tavern - 'wow'.

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