I’d only ever been to one of the Drake & Morgan restaurants/bars before, The Happenstance, in St Pauls. I loved the style and décor of the place, and as well as the food being really tasty, the cocktails were excellent! So I was excited to try out the new Spring/Summer menu at The Fable, located between Chancery Lane and Farringdon.
The bar downstairs was pretty busy with large groups of people, but I was led upstairs to a much quieter restaurant area with its own bar. I was also really pleased to see that the tables were arranged a decent amount of space apart – I’ve got a real bugbear at the moment with being crammed into a small space, and the people next to you hearing everything you’re saying! My friend Kelly joined me, and within minutes the cocktails and conversation were flowing. We started with a Passion Fruit Mojito, with Duppy Share Rum (one of my new favourites), passion fruit, mint, lime, sugar and bitters.
The manager (who was an absolute gem!) also brought us some Polenta Crisps with Avocado Dip for while we were waiting for our starters. I was expecting these to be thin and crispy, but they were actually quite thick and soft. And pretty big for an appetiser! Not complaining though, as they were great, it was just hard to stop eating them to make space for the rest of the meal!
To start, Kelly went for the Chicken Satay and I ordered the Scotch Egg with Black Pudding and Piccalilli.
My Scotch Egg looked so good that I snapped away and tucked into it, completely forgetting to take a photo of the satay, apologies for that! Both were very nice – I felt that the outer part of the scotch egg (i.e. the meaty bit!) could have been a little softer (it was quite solid and crispy) but otherwise it was delicious. The piccalilli complemented it really well.
I’d also like to point out that the menu is pretty big, so there should be something for everyone regardless of preferences, diets etc. However it also makes it hard to choose when it all appeals to you! In the end, Kelly went for the Fish & Chips for main course, and I opted for the Lamb Chops with Crushed New Potatoes and Mint Jus.
I was a bit worried I’d get food envy after seeing Kell’s fish and chips, but I was very happy with my choice. The lamb was perfectly cooked and in the end, I couldn’t actually eat all of it as I was stuffed! When I’d visited The Happenstance previously, I’d found the portion sizes to be a bit on the small side. So at The Fable, we also ordered a side of Mac N Cheese (you can never go wrong with Mac N Cheese!). In the end we actually didn’t need it, there was plenty of food, but it was really good all the same!
We also tried a different cocktail at this stage – The Hummingbird, which was actually my favourite – Tanqueray gin, elderflower, lime and raspberry.
Now I say I was stuffed, but really what that means is I wanted to leave room for dessert!! The dessert menu is a lot smaller compared to the rest of the menu, but there’s still plenty of choice on there. We ordered the Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and the Strawberry and Mint Pavlova. These didn’t blow me away but they were perfectly tasty, and a lovely way to end the meal.
The service was impeccable all evening and the manager also let us know about an offer called ‘Friend of The Fable’ – it’s free to sign up, you get a cute little keyring and it entitles you to a number of ongoing discounts and offers.
If you’d like to check out The Fable, they’re located at 52 Holborn Viaduct, or you can find out more on their website here.
I was invited to review The Fable by Roche Communications and Drake & Morgan but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.