Posh Pub Crawl in Central London

Nov 03, 11 Posh Pub Crawl in Central London

I went on a posh pub crawl not long ago as part of the London Restaurant Festival week. 5 pubs owned by the EMT Group, starting at  The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, off to the Hat and Tun in Farringdon, followed by The White Swan, The Botanist for dessert and The Cadogan Arms for a night cap.

chiswell street dining room

chiswell street dining room

Chiswell St. Dining Rooms  in Barbican had a tasty selection of canapes, including mini beef wellingtons, foie gras ballotine and seared Isle of Man scallops which were matched with a few fruity cocktails. Chiswell St. specializes in British classics devised by Head Chef Richard O’Connell formerly of The Groucho Club.

mini beef wellington

mini beef wellington

Then it was off to the people carrier we had for the night to the Hat and Tun in Farringdon for our first course of Hertfordshire snail smoked bacon pie. Meaty and smoky but with a light and flaky crust, the pie was paired with the white Burgundy 08 Montagny, 1er Cru le Vieux Chateau by J M Boillot and a red Burgundy, a 08 Savigny les Beaune, 1er Cru Fourneaux by Jean J Girard. It was nice to see reasonably priced Burgundies on a pub wine list and not only that, they were also quite good quality.

snail pie

snail pie

red and white Burgundies

red and white Burgundies

The White Swan on Fetter Lane served Cornish line-caught turbot which was, as their site states, hand-selected that morning at Billingsgate Market, and was accompanied by Dorset crab beignets, braised young turnip tops, salsify, and bisque butter sauce.Hearty and rich, the dish was accompanied by a South African semillon which I was not a big fan of, luckily, I had brought along an unfinished bottle of the white Burgundy (from the Hat and Tun) which was a much better match to the fish.

fish at The White Swan

fish at The White Swan

dining

dining

Hopping onto the van, we speed across town to The Botanist  on Sloane Square for dessert canapes. More a trendy nightspot than a trad pub, I suppose it’s to be expected on Sloane Square. A plethora of yummy desserts awaited us along with some sparkling wine. The standouts included fig pudding with Port roasted figs and caramel custard, and the chocolate and pecan brownies.

dessert canapes

dessert canapes

As we made our way to the last stop, I was flagging but I made it to the Cadogan Arms for a night cap of armagnac and some late night music. At this point it gets a bit hazy but apparently rounds of pool were played and I even played against one of the chefs of the ‘Arms. No word on who actually won the game ;)

Cadogan Arms

Cadogan Arms

pool shark

pool shark, The London Foodie

They were definitely posh pubs and the food and drink could certainly qualify as such. A good night out. EMT Group put on this event as part of London Restaurant Festival but it could become an ongoing event. If it does, be sure you don’t miss the bus!

8 Comments

  1. More like a pool whale (as opposed to a pool shark, but thanks anyway…)

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  2. Sounds like a really good event. Where can I get get details of any future events please?

    • Probably best to check out EMT’s website for the latest events. I hope they do more in the future as this was a lot of fun!

  3. Wow!! I am jealous Denise. Please invite me on the next one.

  4. What a clever idea! We’ll definitely look into it in the future. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

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