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Newman Street Tavern. Photo: Keiko Oikawa

Newman Street Tavern. Photo: Keiko Oikawa

Address 48 Newman Street; London W1T 1QD
by Goodge Street
Neighbourhood Fitzrovia – Noho | See on map
Tube Goodge St [Northern], Tottenham Court Rd [Central, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 3667 1445
Website http://www.newmanstreettavern.co.uk/
Price GBP 50-70
Hours Mon-Sat 12-15:30, 18-22:30. Sun 10:30-17:30

Full of media and advertising agencies, the southern end of Fitzrovia – or Noho, as they’d like us to call it these days – isn’t exactly short of self-esteem, attitude or pomposity, yet pretty packaging, solid branding and the creative talent on offer ensure a steady flow of business into the area. In a nutshell, that’s also the Newman Street Tavern for you.

Overpriced and with service that can be sniffy, it’s nonetheless a no-brainer, go-to place when cost isn’t an issue and you’re looking to impress a date or a business contact: The former Ping Pong space has been beautifully revamped tavern-style and with a team that includes chef Peter Weeden, previously at Paternoster Chop House and The Boundary, and Nigel Sutcliffe, The Fat Duck’s former general manager, it’s not your standard gastropub.

Upstairs is quieter and much more suitable for a sit-down meal while the raw bar downstairs pulls in passers-by with its window-front display of live Devon crabs, wriggling scallops and freshly-shucked oysters. It’s all seasonal and local here, so they also bake their own granary loaves in the back, and hang the meat in-house, making for a carnivore menu that includes Galloway beef, Blackface lamb and Middle White suckling pig.

Vegetarians can drown out renditions of Old MacDonald with something from the 250-strong wine list or resort to the desserts that are terrific. Which is just as well, as portion sizes aren’t enormous – though you might end up being grateful for having left enough space for the Ayrshire custard tart or freshly baked Madeleines.

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