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BARBICAN LIFE


(better for older kids as there are no high chairs or changing facilities for babies). The pub décor is dark wood panelling and bare brick walls with a selection of historic photos. There are huge windows on the east and south sides, a log fire and dark green leather sofas. There is also a nice bright meeting/function room upstairs with a log fire and attractively planted window boxes and views over the trees of Bunhill Fields.


Caroline now runs a pub quiz every Sunday evenings, which is proving popular. If you are looking for a friendly, pleasant local pub with great beer and good value home made food, which is also very close to home – just a few minutes walk up Bunhill row- then this is the place for you. Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill row – opposite Bunhill Fields; tel: 0207 253 4683 Opening times: Mon-Sat 12-11pm Sun 12- 10.30. Kitchen: Mon-Thurs 12-3pm & 5- 9pm Fri 12-4pm; Sat & Sun 12-7pm


New restaurant openings In fact one brand new restaurant in Long Lane another in Basinghall Street and a significant change to Carluccios in West Smithfield. We hope to cover these in detail in future editions of Barbican Life. First, and closest, is the brand new Morgan M Barbican which opened in mid- November at 50 Long Lane – Telephone: 020 7609 3560 . Building on the success of his award-winning restaurant in Islington, well regarded chef Morgan Meunier has opened his new 70 cover two-storey restaurant, which claims to offer signature ‘affordable h


aute cuisine’ but with dishes that, whilst meticulously crafted, are said to be modern and simple.


Morgan M is praised for its modern French menu featuring delicate flavours created from luxury French ingredients. The restaurant’s speciality is its 6-course tasting menus: ‘The Menu’ (£50) and ‘From the Garden’ (£46), catering for vegetarians, but an à la carte is also available with starters from £9.50, main courses from £21.50 and desserts at £9.50. At lunchtime and for pre-theatre diners can enjoy a two course menu for £21.50 or three courses for £25.50.


The wine list has a definite French bias, featuring some old vintages of great wines which have recently been sourced, but also includes a limited number of wines from around the world. Meanwhile the West Smithfield branch of Carluccios, already well-known to


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Carluccio’s


Barbican residents is opening a brand new Italian style Aperitivo bar, no doubt brought on by competition from Vino and Vino which has a similar offering just up the road.


Carluccio’s publicity describes the new bar with food offering as ‘The traditional wine bars of Milano meet the urban cool streets of Smith


field’– perfect for an after-


work catch up over refreshing tipples and Venetian tapas style plates.’


The exclusively Italian drinks list is packed with regionally sourced wines, traditional beers on tap and by the bottle as well as inventive cocktails. There is a special Aperitivo ‘Hour’ between 5-7pm, when guests can enjoy £5 off any bottle of wine, a bottle of Prosecco for only £15 as well as a pint of Peroni for just £3. In Italy, says Carluccio’s, a sip to drink is always accompanied by a bite to eat. From 5pm, you can snack on olives, courtesy of the house, before choosing a few Italian tapas style plates. No bookings are necessary.


To the south of the Barbican in Basinghall Street, near the Guildhall is the third branch of high end steak specialist the Hawksmoor – a group which, by all accounts is reputed to serve some of the best steaks in London. The new restaurant is at 10 Basinghall St. Telephone 020 7397 8120. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday from 7.00 am. As its reputation should suggest it has a great range of steaks on the menu – some being sold by their weight. There is also much more besides for those who aren’t into big hunks of red meat! It even has a tongue to tail beef tasting menu for 8 to 10 people – described as an eight course tour of a cow - which would set you back a mere £700. But lest you feel that is typical of the pricing, be reassured that normal main courses are fairly average for the area with standard cuts of steak coming in at £20-30 – veg extra. Wines are quite pricey – and top out at a 1982 Petrus at £6,500!!


Hawksmoor


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