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Pitt Cue Co. Photo: Paul Winch-Furness

Address 1 Newburgh Street; London W1F 7RB
by Ganton Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Newburgh Quarter | See on map
Tube Oxford Circus [Bakerloo, Central, Victoria]
Website http://pittcue.co.uk/
Price GBP 15-30
Hours Mon-Sat 12-15, 18-23

Pitt Cue Co used to be serving out of a street van on the Southbank but they now have a permanent home in this corner shop in the fashionable Newburgh Quarter just off Carnaby Street. And like all things fashionable, it is tiny.

With only a very small dining room below and a few window seats and a bar (order your take-away here) at street level, it seats just 30 – and with a no reservations policy you need to turn up at opening o’clock or be prepared to queue if you want to eat here. Don’t leave and come back either – you need to be visible in order to keep your place on the list.

The wait’s worth it though. The menu is succinct with a handful of perfectly smoked and grilled meats to choose from, that could include St Louis ribs, pulled pork in the house BBQ sauce, brisket and beef ribs. The daily special could be anything from ox cheek to quail.

Portions are generous, served on prison-style enamel trays with a hunk of sourdough to mop up the sauce, but make room for sides. The pickles are good, the ‘burnt and mash’ (a mix of brisket ends with creamy potatoes) a no-brainer, and if you like things hot, ask for the off-menu ‘suicide wings’ for poultry with a punch.

There’s also a hearty selection of bourbon on offer, whether it’s baked in with the sticky toffee pudding or served as a ‘Pickleback’ neat from the bar, with half a shot of pickle juice and a side of pork scratchings. As you’ll be physically unable to do anything else for the rest of the day after eating here, you can just as well go all out.