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Mains in the £20-30 range and desserts between £6.50 and £7.30 (artisan cheese selection £10.50), so not a cheap evening out, but prices which also make the set menu price seem extremely attractive. As the name suggests, Angler is primarily a fish restaurant, but does have a limited selection of non-fish dishes to satisfy those who are not into the seafood scene and these in themselves seemed sufficient to satisfy most carnivores’ tastes – roast partridge, loin of hare or fillet steak among the mains for example. But it is obviously seafood which dominates, including three different oyster varieties, sevruga or osietra caviar (for those with really extravagant tastes), langoustines, clams, crab or the mixed shellfish to start with among the plain appetiser options, fish soup, seared scallops, shellfish cannelloni, shellfish cocktail (a major improvement on the old standard prawn cocktail), or tuna tartare as the principal seafood starters. Mains include a seafood mixed grill, cod cooked in a mariniere of cockles and squid, dover sole, lobster pie, roast turbot, halibut fillet, steamed wild bass – a great choice.

On the set menu a fascinating starter in oxtail and cockle broth, a ballotine of ray wing and crab, leek and potato veloute, or line caught cured mackerel fillet. Mains: Seared sea bream with parsnip and cumin, smoked haddock and mussel pie with soft quails eggs and baby leeks, or for the non-seafood eater braised guinea fowl with truffled macaroni, crispy cured ham and black cabbage. In the event I went for fish soup off the main menu and then the smoked haddock and mussel pie off the set menu – perhaps among the less adventurous dishes but two which really appealed to my tastebuds – and I wasn’t disappointed. My dining companion chose a goats curd and beetroot salad as a starter and then the wild sea bass as a main, both of which were declared to be excellent. I have to say we were both very impressed with the food quality, ambience and service. We allowed wines by the glass to be chosen for us by the restaurant manager, Timothee Chatelet – all excellent matches. Any background music was very subdued making the restaurant a great place to make conversation – perfect for a dinner a deux, a business meeting or just a great meal out with friends. recommended.


Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

Angler is open daily from 12 noon to 2.30 pm and from 6pm to 10pm

Angler Restaurant, South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF.

Telephone: 020 3215 1260 Web: O

n the ground floor of the hotel, 3 South Place Bar & Grill is a large, semi-open plan space that ius great for dining, drinking and dancing. Ordinarily open to hotel guests and members of the public, it’s available for hire as part of an exclusive package to take over the hotel, including bedrooms. Open from first thing in the morning till late at night, it serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night comfort food, with particular attention to provenance: the runny honey and honeycomb come from a beekeeper in Shropshire; the London smoked salmon from a family business in Enfield; and the cuts of meat are selected by George Blackwell at Herons Farm. Complementing the food is a short, sharp list of wines available by the glass, carafe and bottle. If the Grill is an open-neck shirt, then the Bar is a little black dress: versatile, sophisticated and happiest when the DJ is playing (which happens to be most nights). We hope to do a full review of this restaurant at some future date 3 South Place Bar and Grill is open daily from 7-11am and from 12 noon to 10.30 pm

3 South Place Bar and Grill, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF. Tel: 020 3641 8331


The Montcalm City and City Suites

he Montcalm City occupies a part of the old Whitbread Brewery complex on Chiswell

Street and is a welcome addition to an area which used to be extremely short of upmarket hotels. It is classified as a five star establishment and indeed Tripadvisor reviewers give it 4 ½ stars which is a very strong performance. Being a bit tucked away it is probably a real bargain as there are some excellent discounted rates available. It is a sister hotel to the Montcalm in Marble Arch.

It also has an annex across the street called the Montcalm City Suites, which offers equally luxurious accommodation. Unlike many 5* hotels nowadays it offers free wifi to its clients – as indeed we believe all hotels should – it is an annoyance when they don’t. The rooms are extremely well appointed and by all accounts the service is both exemplary and friendly.

It has two restaurants – the more upmarket Chiswell Street Dining Rooms at the one end of the building and remarkably good The Jugged Hare ‘gastropub’ at the other. Both restaurants are run by ETM Group which has an excellent reputation for the restaurants it manages.

Both restaurants offer

discounts to Barbican Association members who choose to dine there – see our Discount Pages for full details.


Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

e last dined at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms just after the restaurant opened

in 2011 and our impressions were indeed very favourable as to the service, ambience and, most of all, the food quality. It was interesting to return, this time for lunch, to see whether this high quality has all been maintained or


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