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Green Man & French Horn

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The wine list at this Loire specialist is a real marvel. An evident passion and on-the-ground knowledge underpin an esoteric haul of treasures from along the long and diverse river – we’d be surprised if a better selection exists even in France. Not that the wine bar takes itself too seriously, featuring quirky illustrations such as ‘great beards of the Loire’. With its varied styles and wealth of small (often natural) producers, the region is a good match for the Terroirs’ approach (Green Man & French Horn is an offshoot) and also meets the current thirst for rosés, champagne alternatives and off-piste explorations (although classics such as Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are well represented). The food is also influenced by the river, with many dishes and ingredients sourced from its course and given a contemporary presentation. Fish and seafood dishes reflect coast rather than river, and less usual meats are given the stripped-down St John treatment in, for example, ‘snails, celeriac & mousserons’ or ‘rillon, endive & mustard’. We enjoyed girolles, well-trimmed artichoke and egg yolk, and copious, faultless grilled langoustines. The long thin room has wooden furniture, bare brick walls, black and white floor tiles and a long bar illuminated by factory lamps; staff are able and enthusiastic. Don’t let the wine bar-style fool you: this is a serious restaurant taking wine and food pairing to a new level.

 

Venue name: Green Man & French Horn
Contact:
Address: 54 St Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4EA
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm, lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £10-£26. Set meal (noon-7pm) £13.50 2 courses (£17 incl glass of wine), £15 3 courses (£18.50 incl glass of wine). House wine £18.50 bottle, £4.75 glass. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80

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C.

After reading high reviews here, I was so disappointed with my experience here. The service was simply a disaster. The server hadn't tasted anything on the menu. There was a ten minute wait between taking the orders of two people at our table and the orders of the other two people. We waited perhaps 45 minutes for our appetizers, without any apology. We then waited over an hour for our mains, with no acknowledgment until we began asking where our food was. The manager repeatedly told us our food was next, as we watched servers bring dessert to tables seated an hour after us. We finally received most of the food, though there was another delay with the final dish. The food was fine but it was difficult to enjoy at this point. We received a full bill, full service charge included-- not even a complementary glass of wine. We asked to speak to the manager, who was apologetic but told us there was nothing she could do. This isn't a way to keep customers coming back to a new restaurant.

Caroline Simpson

Last night I ate the best mussels I have ever eaten out. Maybe even better than my home cooked ones. Most impressed. Also delighted that what was a good local pub until a few years ago is now probably the best restaurant on St Martin's Lane. Fair exchange.

christianne Tan

Beautiful service, absolutely phenomenal food, particularly the Zander with Beurre Blanc and the Pear + Salted Caramel dessert. To die for.