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Rivington Bar & Grill (Shoreditch)

Lunch 01/04/07 Group of 7

After being served Bloody Marys with no ice (can you believe?), waiter spent much time explaining what they didn't have in terms of wine/food. Still managed to catch them out. "Suggest you pop out to the shops, mate".

Food was generally dire, with a couple of exceptions. Smoked mackerel fat and fresh. Onion & cider soup was basically warm cider with shredded onions. Insipid. Nice bread.

Toughest, fatiest piece of lamb shoulder I ever ate (not the cut to roast, anyhow), and 4 of us agreed. Most was left uneaten. Roast potatoes seemed just boilded, and carrots as soggy as tinned.

Service was mercurial, though have had worse. Gents loos bordered on the disgusting.

London needs another pretentious yet incompetent grill restaurant like a tube strike. That it was packed with the excrutiatingly trendy Hoxtonista only goes to show how indescriminating they really are.


Monday, April 02, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 3

Anchor & Hope

Dinner 03/07.

Couple of glitches. Sea Bass went back for a blast as was almost sushi (but swiftly returned). Sole vegetarian said his was "ordinary" - serves him right. This place is about meat!

After so many pretentious places, the presentation is almost greasy spoon. Crab on toast - one slice - is bunged on a plain plate with 1/2 a lemon. Not so much as a lettuce leaf as garnish. Tastes great though. As did a lovely thick chunk of smoked mackerel, which did at least have shredded celeriac to keep it company.

Rib of beef superlative, slow cooked neck of lamb sublime as ever. And a vast portion. With far too much food for 6 (and 5 bottles - shame on us!) it was £44 each with a tip.

This place has been consistent in a way others just cannot manage. It's loud, cramped, under-decorated, but the comfort food is so wonderful, you realise what a sham so many of what-pass-as gastro pubs are. They even seem to have taken notice of some complaints about service - on the last two visits it has been exemplary.

The no-booking policy is a pain (we arrived at 5, and ate at 6) but when there is such sensational demand, I would do the same had I the good fortune to own it. Simply the best eating venue in London in my opinion, and that is based on about 10 visits in 2 years.

Monday, March 05, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

The Ship & Whale

6 of us on Easter Monday. Last time I was in here was about 18 years ago when it most certainly wasn't gastro!

Fairly unadventurous b-b-q based menu. Slightly pricey considering all sides are extra. A bit slow in coming too.

Grilled med prawns delish - could have eaten 20! Steaks OK, nothing more and were more well done than medium. Chips really overdone, but crunchy and quite nice. Humungous cheese board which at £8 for 2 is good value - would easily feed 4.

Sea bream in foil was good size and well cooked, though pricey.

Decor is somewhat un-glam and un-trendy, and the loos could do with a spruce.

Somehow we managed to spend £48 each for which we really should have needed help onto our feet (didn't!).

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6

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