Fancy a Fairytale
Taste inspired by childhood tales and fables of Aesop, a new restaurant launches on the site of a 15th century dwelling house in Farringdon
Article by Marion Graham
The Fable on Holborn Viaduct transports you to a simpler time as soon as you walk through the door, complete with a roll-top bath planted with meadow-fresh flowers to a wall lined with dusty, leather-bound books. This really is a wonderland sure to take grown-ups back to the magic of Princesses and Wizards from childhood tales.
Drinks and Dining are offered all day, where guests are actively encouraged to go forth and explore the range of inspiring spaces spread across three fantastic floors – from the Library and the Never- Ending Story to the Magic Kingdom and Enchanted Forest, showcasing pieces from some of the very best British designers, including House of Hackney wallpaper and Tom Dixon light fittings.
This enchanting backdrop offers Londoners and out of towners fresh, seasonal British menus to suit any time of the day or palate. Going on a Wednesday lunch time and we were greeted by very friendly and approachable staff, guided to our large table for two, in the middle of the restaurant, a great place to survey the wonders of the Fable and enjoy that favourite old past time of people watching.
Our waiter, Connor, had bounds of enthusiasm and knowledge, answering any questions on the menu, and even suggesting what he thought we should try, while we perused the menu, trying to decide what we should have (which took some time, as it all sounded so good).
The starters were an Antipasto Board that offered a fine selection of Spanish Cured Meats and Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Taleggio Cheese on Bruschetta, which can only be described as mouth watering.
Main was a meat feast with an exquisite Wagyu Beef Burger, topped with Blue Cheese and an exceptionally succulent Suffolk farm lamb shank with sweet potato mash, rosemary jus with harissa that added a nice spice combination to the dish. To accompany the meal a 2010 bottle of Obra Prima Malbec was selected from the Fables extensive and delectable wine list.
Embarking on and finishing dessert after starters and mains should have been a challenge given the amount of food consumed, although given how superb the first two courses were finishing off which what was sure to be a sweet treat (and most certainly was) seemed like the right choice. The Mini pudding shots offer a choice of 3 tantalisingly flavoured desserts including, chocolate brownie, wagon wheel & crumble and are sure to get taste buds tingling. The Wagon Wheel toasted meringue, raspberry sorbet, offers a great twist on a classic.
Cocktails at The Fable are as creative as they are captivating – all crafted by an international team of master mixologists: from George’s Marvellous Medicine, a fruity, floral mix of vodka, apple juice, poppy liqueur and seeds served in a swing-top ‘potion’ bottle, to the Princess in the Tower – a classic champagne cocktail with violet and peach bitters. For cocktails without the calories, the super-skinny cocktail collection includes the Skinny Superfood Collins and the Skinny Russian Rosé Martini. We tried the Pornstar Martini and Bourbon Cocktail with Honey. There is also an ever-rotating range of classic cocktails, a collection of artisan craft beer, and no less than 40 wines by the glass are available, to.
As part of the Drake & Morgan collection, an inspiring series of masterclasses can be arranged on-site to educate and entertain; whether perfecting the delicate art of floristry or flambé, mixology or butchery. And with bookable spaces, complete with fable-inspired names, across all three floors and bespoke party packages, celebrations in the city now come with added sparkle.
The Fable 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD www.thefablebar.co.uk @thefablebar T: 0845 468 0105 E: email@example.com