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Venue says: "Steak and lobster meal with fries £24.50 per person! Available lunch and dinner. Quote: 'social' when booking (020 7283 1763)."
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Make your way down a Dickensian London court to enter a Hollywood-esque version of auld Edinburgh, with tartan seats, dark red and green walls, aged-looking woodwork and waitresses in wee tartan skirts. There’s a smart bar at ground level, and a cavern-like basement housing the main dining room. For all the shortbread-tin heritage vibe, this branch of Boisdale is a comfortable and well-run spot, where you immediately feel well looked after.

The ‘Jacobite’ set menu – a City bargain at £19.75 – included what may be the world’s finest scotch egg, made with smooth, savoury haggis offset by hot mustard relish. To follow, a Pilmoor Grange chicken and mushroom pie in perfectly crisp pastry was a similarly enjoyable mix of comfort food and sophistication. Prices shoot up for the carte, which includes an imposing choice of Aberdeen Angus steaks, as well as oysters and other Scottish options.

All three Boisdales host very respectable music programmes, with leading performers in jazz and other styles. They also share similarly impressive – but not overpriced – wine lists, and, naturally, a magnificent choice of whiskies. Havana cigars are a speciality too, but nowadays aficionados are advised to head for the Belgravia branch and its heated cigar terrace.


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Boisdale of Bishopsgate says
Located in the City of London, close to Liverpool Street station, Boisdale of Bishopsgate features a smart restaurant and a classic champagne and oyster bar with regular events and light live jazz most evenings.

The restaurant offers a modern-British menu focused on Aberdeenshire dry-aged steaks, Highland game and Hebridean shellfish in addition to Scottish treats such as Loch Ryan native oysters, Dunkeld smoked salmon and roast Macsween's haggis served with obligatory mash and neeps. The food is accompanied by an extensive wine selection as well as a premium whisky list and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

The ground floor Champagne & Oyster Bar for drinking and relaxed dining has a large contingent of regular and devoted City customers. The restaurant on the lower ground floor offers more formal dining with booths and alcoves for private business discussions as well as the traditional Piano Bar.

On Saturday nights the entertainment is provided by TJ Johnson, backed by his band of top British musicians who present music influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more.
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Venue name: Boisdale of Bishopsgate
Address: Swedeland Court
Cross street: 202 Bishopsgate
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11am - 11pm Saturday : 6pm-Midnight Sunday: Closed
Transport: Tube/rail: Liverpool Street
Price: A la Carte mains 12.75 ? 35.00 Two Course Set Menu 11.95
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I went to the Boisdale last night (23/01/17)with 2 friends, I chose this restaurant based on their recommendation( they have been to the one in Canary Wharf several times).

This restaurant was highly disappointing in several ways,

1) a restaurant in a prime location closing its kitchen at 9pm on a Saturday is rather odd

2) the woman who showed us to our table was EXTREMELY RUDE, rather than inform politely that the kitchen was closed, she very angrily informed us of this information it was embarrassing and unnecessary, this is a restaurant NOT classroom.

3) a man ( he had dark hair perhaps in his fifties and quite portly) whose role I am not clear of, came out and actually POINTED at us and was talking about us, he then came to remove the unwanted cutlery in a very passive aggressive manner giving us for lack of a better phrase " dirty looks", he also served our food in the same manner

4) several drinks where not available as the ingredients were "out of season", this to me is absurd,if accessing certain fruits is not possible ( ????? In central London) then have a appropriately seasonal cocktail list readily available so that one doesn't have to wait one hour to get a drink.

The behaviour of the individuals in 1) &2) felt VERY prejudiced, I have lived in London most of my life, I have NEVER not been treated so poorly in a restaurant, we all felt VERY unwelcome, to very frank it this felt very racially prejudiced.

There had been a table of guests nearby who where being served food at the same time as we were. They were not treated in this manner.

The positive aspect of being at this restaurant was,the food was average .The 2 waiters who came to take our food/ drink orders were pleasant especially the gentleman in the glasses.