Duke of Wellington (CLOSED)
Time Out says
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Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out editors, Sep 2016.
One of those smart venues that’s more restaurant than pub (just a few seats at the bar), the Duke of Wellington attracts a well-heeled Marylebone clientele to enjoy food a tad more adventurous than the gastropub norm – roast veal and lobster salad with endives and a sweet dill dressing, say, or a truffled mozzarella starter – alongside the genre’s regulars of fish, pork belly and confit duck.
On a recent visit, pea and mint soup was full of flavour but watery; steamed prawns was a generous portion of meaty crustacea, with own-made mayo. A main of slow-roast lamb shoulder with pomegranate was exquisitely tender, with warm, mellow spicing and a subtle sweetness, served with nicely dressed salad. But provençal fish stew (mussels, prawns, octopus and hake hardly swimming in half a centimetre of fish stock) was disappointing. The kitchen got experimental with pudding, offering a chocolate and beetroot brownie with horseradish and mascarpone ice-cream. Instead, we shared a superb lime and chocolate crème brûlée.
An excellent bottle of New Zealand sauvignon, a 12.5% service charge and a pound each for four bits of bread helped the bill to just under a ton.
94A Crawford Street
|Transport:||Tube: Baker Street tube or Marylebone tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £13-£38. Set lunch (noon-1.30pm Mon-Thur) £14.95 2 courses|
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat; 12.30-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10pm Mon-Fri; 7-10pm Sat; 7-9pm Sun|
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