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courses on the day of our visit were baked fish and a beef stir fry, with a good selection of vegetables available to go with them. Maybe not gourmet food but remarkable quality and value for the price. Although the premises is actually fully licensed, it does not have a bar but in theory one could take in one’s own bottle of wine to have with a meal!


And the cost – Islington and Barbican residents aged 55+ get a subsidised rate of just £2.50 for a main meal and £1 for freshly made soup and bread and £1 for a hot or cold dessert. The staff use a till and residents aged 55+ obtain their subsidy by obtaining a “voucher” when they sign in at reception. As the café is open to the general public there is a slightly higher price: soup £1.50, main meal from £3.50 and dessert £1.50. Still a bargain offering by any standards. For those on a tight budget, particularly in these times of austerity, this restaurant/cafe could be a godsend – and it is not only open to Islington and Barbican residents, but to anyone.


At the time of the visit, the restaurant area was being shared with some of the centre’s ten computers open to anyone to use – a great place to go if your internet goes on the blink! By the time this issue goes to press, these should have been


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Restaurant News


Bistro Bruno Loubet On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July, Clerkenwell will be celebrating all things French! For two days, in St John’s Square (between The Zetter Townhouse and Bistrot Bruno Loubet) there will be a boules (pétanque) competition, BBQ, and slow bicycle races. In the evening there will be a French Feast at Bistrot Bruno Loubet.


Everyone is welcome to enter the boules competition, (to enter a team is £10 with proceeds going to Action Against hunger and there are prizes to be won). To register a team email bastille@thezetter.com. On Saturday 14th however, some of the capital’s most well known French chefs and restaurants will be battling it out for the title of pétanque champion. Bistrot Bruno Loubet will be manning the barbecue, The Zetter Townhouse and St Germain will be looking after the cocktails and an accordionist will provide the soundtrack for the guinguette! In the evening, there will be a fabulous French feast at Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The menu includes Bruno Loubet’s interpretation of some popular classics including; Sautéed frog legs, mousseline potato, parsley & garlic jus, Aberdeen Angus steak tartare with summer truffles and Crêpes suzette, orange & cardamom ice cream. The cost is £50 for 4 courses. Advance booking recommended. Call or email: 020 7324 4455 eat@bistrotbrunoloubet.com


(The Zetter Townhouse was named London Hotel of the Year 2012 by The Good Hotel Guide and Hotel Bar of the Year (Class Awards))


removed from the restaurant area and be in their own dedicated computer room. The centre is also taking this opportunity to furnish the restaurant with completely new tables and chairs so will become an even pleasanter venue when all this is complete.


Looking ahead, Phase 2 of the refurbishment is due to add an additional cafe to the premises, which will have a street frontage, which will help pull in passing trade, but this won’t be completed until around 2013.


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