Northbank

Restaurants , British Mansion House
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Venue says: "Two courses and a glass of prosecco, £22.50, Mon-Sat, lunch and dinner. All day Friday, steak, chips and drink, £20. Up to eight diners."

Situated by the Millennium Bridge and facing the Tate Modern, the Shard and Shakespeare’s Globe, Northbank is worth visiting for the views of the Thames and the South Bank alone. That the food is great is almost a bonus.

Northbank offers a modern British menu with a nod to owner Christian Butler's Cornish roots. From Dorset crab and Falmouth Bay scallops, to Tregothnan Estate duck and west-country cheeses, the south-western influence is evident throughout.

A starter of pan-fried scallops with confit chicken wings kicked things off beautifully. It’s not a pairing you come across often, but it works; the soft, sweet scallops balanced perfectly with the salty crispiness of the wings.

The mains are where Northbank really shines. Red mullet with roasted Jerusalem artichoke, truffle purée and artichoke crisps is a triumph; delicate, yet full of fascinating flavours and textures. The cauliflower and truffle risotto with parmesan crisps was another highlight; surprisingly light yet ridiculously moreish. A side of cauliflower cheese arrived at the table still bubbling – gums were blistered, but it was worth it.

The desserts don't disappoint, either, with a rum and passion fruit soufflé as light and fluffy as a cloud. The Northbank ‘Viennetta’ with honeycomb, meanwhile, is a nostalgia-pricking treat, executed with elegance.

The cocktails at Northbank deserve a shout out, too, not least because there’s a whole section dedicated to drinks made with Cornish mead. Try the Honey Mead Rise, which teams the sweet brew with vodka, riesling, lemon juice and thyme.

With warm and unhurried service, creative cocktails and refined dishes, Northbank is an ideal spot for both business, pleasure and even – thanks to that view – dinner for one.

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Northbank says
Located next to the Millennium Bridge on the north side of the river, Northbank was opened by Christian Butler (ex-Adam Street and Baltic) in September 2007. Northbank offers a modern-British menu with a Cornish influence showcasing exceptional ingredients sourced from Falmouth and surrounding areas of Cornwall in the south of England. Fresh fish is delivered daily from day boats off the Cornish coast.

The striking 180-degree view from Northbank's terrace encompasses the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and the Shard, and the restaurant is just a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral. The terrace is open for al fresco dining during the summer months and can be hired for private parties.

Head chef Jason Marchant (ex-Claridges) sources fish, meat, cheese, tea and mead directly from Cornwall. In addition to a discerning wine selection, taste the excellent Cornish mead, a honey based alcoholic beverage, as well as West Country ciders, real ale, eclectic cocktails, Champagne and bottled beers from small producers.

Northbank caters for lunch, dinner, birthday parties, New Year's Eve parties, wine tastings, press events, summer parties and wedding receptions. Total venue hire is available for up to 175, or book the terrace, restaurant or bar spaces exclusively.
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Venue name: Northbank
Contact:
Address: One Paul's Walk
London
EC4V 3QH
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
Transport: Tube: Mansion House tube/St Paul's tube/Blackfriars tube/rail
Price: Starters £6.50-£11. Main courses £16.50-£38.
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The first time I visited Northbank was when I had our work Christmas party here. 
I was pleasantly surprised with the food (especially at such a hectic time of year when food quality is so unpredictable) and the service we all received was fantastic too. The views are stunning and are the perfect backdrop to some lovely photos! The space that we were all in was perfect too... not too small so we were all cramped but equally not too big to lose the atmosphere. 
I will certainly be returning for mid-week catch ups with friends!

Mr Mister

Fantastic lunch - really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back when the sun is out.

sam wong

The restaurant is set in a very good location and you would think that they would match the scenery with comparable food. But you would be mistaken, our waiter was rude and certainly did not match up to the "fine dining" service you would expect. I ordered a scallop and pork belly for starters which was very oily but bearable. For the main course i ordered the rib eye steak, I received an uneven piece of meat that i was pretty sure was not a rib eye cut. I ordered a medium rare steak and it was over cooked so i sent it back the waiter stared at me and asked me what I wanted him to do so i told him i wanted what i ordered which was a medium rare rib eye steak. I received a rib eye steak that was rare 10 minutes later, the steak i was given was not only under cooked but was unseasoned and tasted horrible It was as if the chef grabbed the first piece of meat from the fridge and chucked it on a pan for 3 minutes. I gave a piece of it to the friends i was eating with to try it and both of them could not swallow it. I received no apologies for the ruined meal and the waiter didnt seem to care, although the steak was voided, and they seemed to think that that solved everything. The staff at Northbank obviously have no pride or interest in their jobs and are just banking on the location of the restaurant to drive customers in.

Special Offers

2 courses and a glass of prosecco: £22.50

From a set menu.

Offer valid until Jun 30 2016