Pitt Cue Co

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Proper cowboy food from a trailblazing Soho rib joint - but tiny and very popular and no bookings, so prepare for a long queue on Friday or Saturday night.

Come to this trailblazing rib joint on a Friday or Saturday night and there’s one certainty: a painfully long queue. Not only do you have to shuffle along patiently, but once inside, you still might have to wait a little longer (though at least you can order drinks). Even if you play smart and come one quiet weekday lunchtime, you may still endure a brief pause, but for rib-lovers, it’ll be worth it. The Pitt Cue-ers honed their craft under a bridge on the South Bank, selling to a demanding, social media-savvy, twentysomething audience – and their cooking rarely misses a beat. On our visit, the gargantuan signature ribs arrived with blistered, blackened skin, revealing ruby fall-off-the bone meat that was both smoky and dangerously rich. To cut through the cholesterol, there was a finely shredded ’slaw, with two kinds of cabbage, coriander seeds and a light, zingy vinaigrette. We also enjoyed chunky pieces of pork melting into a heap of wholesome beans, and hunks of chargrilled bread, showing off their scorch marks – this is proper cowboy food. Low lighting, sparse decor and a joyfully kooky soundtrack set the tone in the intimate basement room; if you opt for perching along the wall in the ground-floor bar, prepare to be jostled.

 

Venue name: Pitt Cue Co
Contact:
Address: 1 Newburgh Street
London
W1F 7RB
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Main courses £9.50-£16. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50

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4.4 / 5

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London Girl

Went to Pitt Cue last night. Arrived at 5.35pm and just missed the queue. Had a good cocktail and the best pork scratchings of my life at the bar (I know no one goes here for pork scratchings but if you like that kind of thing you should definitely try them). We were seated downstairs at 6pm, as promised, and served by friendly informative waiters. The food was amazing. We shared the lamb breast, pulled pork, ribs and loaded skins. The ribs and lamb were particularly good. I would definitely go back.

Rory

The first time I went to Pitt Cue Co was about 18 months ago and it is a night I will never forget. It was sub-zero outside and we waited, along with many others, for just over two hours. I am glad that I didn't leave the queue that night as I don't think I would have bothered again if I didn't try it that night. Once inside, the bourbon-based cocktails were flowing and the warmth of smoked pulled pork and rib goodness soon turned my cold blue lips to their usual colour, along with a healthy coating of BBQ sauce around the fringes. After such a long wait it was easy to be pleased, I would have ate anything. However, on every visit since the food has been faultless, pulled pork, ribs, pork chops, lamb rump, onglet, 70 day aged rib eye, pigs head sausage, chicken wings, chicken thighs, etc, I've had everything, it's all amazing. And after doing many of these at home following the release of the Pitt cue co cookbook I can only appreciate the food that Pitt cue co serve daily, these mouth watering delights take a serious amount of time and effort! If you have not been before, make sure you get the bone marrow mash, it is (according to my girlfriend) like eating a hug. So comforting. And finally, the meat cannot take all the credit. Dessert here is phenomenal and completely undersold. Everything from the redcurrant cheese cake, the chocolate peanut butter tart to the bourbon and salted caramel sticky toffee pudding. Put me in a pig pen and the desserts in the trough and I would still eat every last delectable bit. Unfortunately it is cramped and the queue can be long, but you'll soon get over that!

Oliver P

If I was a pig, just entering an abattoir, my porcine trotters would be held up praying, praying that this is where I would end up. There is magic in the dark art of smoking and slow cooking meats and beelzebub or his acolytes are at work here crafting deep flavours and memorable meals. It is a small site and so thus there may be waits from time to time but the friendly, snug bar delivers cracking cocktails and bourbons to warm the cockles and aid digestion - which is needed as my last visit required a wheel barrow to transport me away - sadly this is not a current facility.

Joanne

Excellent - really good food and a cool buzzy atmosphere. The bourbon and pickle shot was quite special too. A must BUT just get there early if you don't want to wait!!

Luke Springate

Completely and utterly disappointed with my friend and I's experience at Pitt Cue today. We came on our lunch break, I have been previously so I understand the wait to be seated. However, there was hardly any customers - we were ignored as we walked in by the manager who was too busy practicing her frowning and complaining about customers than actually acknowledging and greeting her customers. Eventually a very friendly waiter did attend to us and managed to get us seated. After waiting 30 mins we were told our food with be another 15mins, which is understandable. The 15 minutes came and went, waiting a further 10 mins we asked the waiter to check on our food. He came back and told us it would be another 5 mins. We waited, and nothing came. We then started to realise that everyone else around us was waiting, and people nearly 4 orders behind us were only just being served. We eventually, after waiting an HOUR AND A HALF for food had to leave. I am shocked and appalled that a place with such a reputation is rife with bad management and poor communication. Also why is a place trading and providing a lunch service if they do not have the facilites to deal with the customers? No explanation was given, no real apology nor any form of compensation. I've never walked out of a restaurant in my life, a place I will not be returning to and would never recommend to any of my friends.

Rob and Kate

Brilliant and understated little place oozing quality across the board. we want a recipe book from them haha. cant wait to go back!

Richard

Eschew the normal BBQ options and head there when the lamp chops are on. And don't forget the sensational shiitake shrooms!!!!

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

We were also stollers on the South Bank when we discovered the Airstream under the bridge. The delightful and easy on the eye brother and sister team have those five stars aligned, when it comes to their product and business. One of our memorable meals on our London trip 2011. Blessings on your new venture!! Have they made it to Auburn, Alabama yet?

James

This place is as good as everyone says it is and reasonably priced too. Get in the queue at 5.30 for first service at 6 or you'll be in for a long wait.

Jo

Stingy portions - not really the right impression for a new restaurant to be giving

PL

Apart from the queue (which was bearable since snacks can be ordered), the service was great, food delicious and in generous portions and prices reasonable. Save space for dessert as their sticky toffee pudding is the best!

Carlos

'Half hour wait'.. Wow, really?? That was lucky! We waited nearly an hour just to get in then almost another hour to be seated. I have to say the food really is that good though. However if there is a queue outside I would say get in line at your own risk. As great as the food was and as nice as the people that worked there were it's simlpy not worth waiting close to two hours for food when you go already hungry.

MJ

Great vibe, great service, great little place- but get there early or you'll be waiting outside for over 40 min. Food is typically American-very tender Brisket and pulled pork, lovely burnt mash. Although was still repeating my meal 6 hours later. Heavy, oily but tasty food. Def worth going!

elyse

Food was lovely. It is much more easy to get a table for 2. For 4? Double you waiting time!

Alex

Two times, Two weeks. I'm hoping to make this a regular appointment. This is some dang fine finger lickin' food.

Chris

What a great evening out. Tangy ribs, famous pulled pork, crunchy pickled sides, suculent beef ribs and the most amazing burnt ends and mash. Oh, and the drinks were pretty nifty too! So it has been worth the wait and the Hungerford van withdrawal symptoms. Well done.

Sean C.

Loved these guys out of the van and this is all about taste, just aim for 11:55!!

Nick

Hugely enjoyed the PCC trailer at the Southbank over the summer and looked forward to the "proper" restaurant opening. Very impressed; the basics are as good as before (pulled pork, brisket and ribs) and the extra space has allowed the chefs to let rip on some fantastic extras - the exquisite pickle-marinaded, panko-crumbed, deep-fried shiitake mushrooms were amazing. Great vibe, charming hosts and the best loo wallpaper in London.

Nick Reid

Really enjoyed the PCC trailer on Southbank over the summer and the actual restaurant is even better. The standards (pulled pork, brisket, ribs) are still excellent (surely best in London ?) and having a restaurant allows scope for extras such as the exquisite pickle-marinaded panko-coated deep-fried shiitake mushrooms. Even the loo's look amazing.

Adam P

Superb restuarant and food in a great setting - these guys are brilliant.