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But this was my chance to really try it out, with five star service on the BLticket. Our delightful Canadian waiter, Logan, like the rest of the staff,



upholstered in very smart tweed, but this didn’t seem to hold him back. Delicious glasses of champagne arrived very quickly, and nothing was too much trouble while we admired the taxidermy, which is much in evidence. We started with workman-like sautéed

and friendly by a waiter who was good at keeping his eye open for the needs of all the other tables he was serving too – a big plus in a busy restaurant. Before we went to Vivat Bacchus I had heard it described in a rather disparaging manner as a wine bar. It is much more than that, yet has a huge and apparently well- deserved reputation for its wines and builds on this with regular wine tasting evenings – usually with a talk by the owners of the wineries whose products are being featured or another expert. It also has a Wine Club which encompasses special dinner/wine tasting combinations. But on the wine bar front it does indeed have a bar at which it serves wine and it does have an extensive wine cellar.

COMPETITION For your chance to win a pair of

tickets to Vivat Bacchus' weekly Wine Club, simply answer this question:

What does 'Vivat Bacchus' mean? a) Wine is good for you. b) What is in the bucket? c) Long live the God of Wine.

E-mail your answer to with Barbican Life in the subject line by July 15th.

But it also prides itself on its cheese.

Unlike any other restaurant I have yet to come across it also has a ‘cheese room’ to which those who wish to have cheese at the

end of their meal may be escorted to make their own selection – or alternatively the restaurant does offer two specially pre- prepared cheese boards

featuring the

restaurants’ own selection from the cheeses on offer at the time. If you are interested in one of their wine

tastings, or in the Wine Club and wine Dinners these can be checked out and booked on the restaurant’s website . The restaurant is located at 47 Farringdon Street - telephone 0207 353 2648. The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday from noon until late with last food orders at 10.30 pm. Booking is advisable.


The Jugged Hare - Much more than just a gastropub

iz Thomas writes: My main gripe about the Jugged Hare on the corner of Silk St and Chiswell Street

(which used to be the King’s Head) is that I thought it that after its long-awaited refurb it was going to be a fantastic local pub, that did some quite good food too. The Barbican is crying out for somewhere that we can drop into and, imagine see a neighbour or two and have a chat. So far, each time I’ve been the bar’s sadly been very noisy and very crowded – the downside of a successful launch. However, now I’ve got that off my chest ... Your esteemed editor invited me to be a

guest Barbican Lifereviewer so I joined him at the Jugged Hare for dinner. I’d already been for Sunday supper a couple of weeks earlier, and thought it good if a little pricey.


chicken livers, topped with a pheasant egg for the editor, and deep-fried bone marrow for me. The bone marrow arrived looking alarmingly like chicken nuggets (or perhaps less alarming for many than chunks of marrow bone au naturel). But it was truly delicious - crunchy on the outside and yieldingly molten and, well, marrowy within. I'm still salivating at the thought. We progressed to rare wood pigeon with

red cabbage for the boss, which he thought was very good, including the red cabbage, not usually a favourite of his, yet much enjoyed. It arrived, modishly, on a wooden platter, which may be alarming for the skitterish diner, as it's very easy for things to go shooting off in all directions. But it looks good, as do all the miniature copper saucepans and tiny cast iron casseroles used as serving dishes. Very smart, but hell on the washing up. Still that wasn't my problem, as

Oenophiles enjoying Vivat Bacchus’s recent South African wine tasting event.

The Jugged Hare bar - decor is taxidermy central!

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