Peasant

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We arrived at the Peasant to a 1980s soundtrack, and suspect the decor hasn’t changed much since those days. The first-floor restaurant was hosting a wine tasting, so we opted for the bar menu and discovered that the once-great cooking of one of London’s first gastropubs seems to have dipped spectacularly.

A ‘broad beans, beetroot and baby turnip’ starter arrived without beans, went back and was presented again with a few tough beans added, plus a single halved turnip so hard that it flew off the plate during our attempt to spear it. ‘Trout rillettes’ on toast was better, but not rillettes – more ‘trout mixed in horseradish’. The best dish was the well-done (‘medium rare’ was ordered) house burger: a generous, well-seasoned patty on a bun with bacon and cheese, served with tasty hand-cut chips.

The crowd-pleasing drinks list includes speciality beers and wines from around the world. Our friendly, lone barman did his best, but failed to offer new glasses when we switched from white to red wine. During a quiet night here, both the food and service were disappointing.

Venue name: Peasant
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Address: 240 St John Street
London
EC1V 4PH
Opening hours: Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Meals served noon-10.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun. Main courses £8.50-£14. Restaurant Brunch served noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.50-£16
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Manningalive
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Slightly mixed reviews for The Peasant.  We went for Christmas dinner for 14 people - you can pick from a 3 course set Christmas menu for £36 (overpriced in my eyes) or pick individual dishes from a limited menu.  This equated to 3 main courses: turkey, seabass, or wild mushroom fricassee.  Those that had the seabass or mushroom really enjoyed theirs but the turkey was underwhelming: the meal was luke warm (at best) and the vegs were undercooked.  Sadly the service wasn't much better, definitely missing any Christmas cheer.  Plus points: it's quite cosy inside, there's a fire, and a decent selection of drinks.  I'd suggest going for a winter drink by the fire and skipping the food.