All posts tagged: restaurants in the city

A Retro Chicken Dinner at The Holy Birds, Liverpool Street

Tim is literally chicken-obsessed, I’ve mentioned it many times on this blog. I’ve never seen another human be able to devour one so quickly and so thoroughly – not a scrap is left on a bone! We were recently invited to a new restaurant in Liverpool Street called ‘The Holy Birds’ which is completely centred around, you guessed it, birds – chicken, duck, pigeon and so on. I love the concept! Their French, free range birds are brined for 24 hours, and air dried for 12 hours, to give them a delicious depth of flavour. We visited recently mid-week and we loved the decor and style from the moment we walked in the door, with its cool 60’s retro vibe.It was set up by brothers Gerry and Jon Calabrese, of The Hoxton Pony and Wringer + Mangle, both venues which I’ve previously visited and enjoyed. The Holy Birds is a large venue with a big bar area and a spacious restaurant adorned by a beautiful Murano glass chandelier, a perfect spot whether you’re looking for …

Dinner at Jackson + Rye, Bank

Sometimes you just need some hearty comfort food, and I found exactly that recently at Jackson + Rye, in the City. It opened a few months ago, with other locations in Soho, Chiswick, Kingston, Richmond and Guildford. The City-located restaurant is on Old Jewry, right in the heart of the financial district. Tim and I visited on a Tuesday evening and the bar was incredibly busy – I can see this being a very popular post-work haunt for people working nearby. But you should note that many of said people can be rather noisy, particular en masse! So this probably isn’t the place to go for a quiet romantic meal – expect a lot of buzz and lively atmosphere. We were seated in the main restaurant and I was (contently!) overwhelmed by the huge menu. There’s something for everyone at Jackson + Rye but as everything sounded so tasty, it was difficult to choose! We ordered some Truffle & Polenta Hush Puppies and Popcorn Chicken as ‘nibbles’ to begin with. I’ve never paired polenta and truffle …

Review of The Fable, Farringdon

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 …