Baranis and Cigalon is an upstairs, downstairs affair with a French accent. Baranis is the bar (downstairs in the basement), with a simpler menu of bar food and the sort of French drinks you normally only find in France.
The drinks list makes much of the region’s prime aperitif, pastis, with 15 types of the anise-flavoured tipple. There are also aperitifs from Provence and Corsica, and a cocktail list divided into original drinks (including mulled drinks) and classics. A short food menu features mostly southern French dishes such as salade Niçoise and pissaladière, the Provençal 'pizza' made with onions, olives and anchovies.
And in case you want to make the southern experience complete, there’s even a gravelled pétanque court (for playing the southern version of boules), cordoned off from the bar at one side.
Note: Baranis is only open Monday to Friday.
115 Chancery Lane
|Opening hours:||Bar open 3pm-midnight Mon, noon-midnight Tues-Fri|
|Transport:||Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube|
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