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The Wigmore

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Marylebone
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Venue says A modern British tavern now open on London's Regent Street. Expect great wines on tap, cocktails, cask ales and craft beers.

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A luxe pub at The Langham with a Michel Roux Jr menu.

Forget Filet Mignon. Michel Roux Jr has turned his hand to pub grub at The Wigmore, a self-styled ‘modern British tavern’ at The Langham Hotel said to mirror public houses of the past. It may sound contrived, but high-end design suits this former banking hall kitted out with globular lights, gloss paint and fabric-clad walls. Toto, we’re not in ’Spoons any more.

Despite Roux Jr’s billing, the place was packed to its poshed-up rafters with a crowd on the lash. Prices are refreshingly on a par with other pubs in the area, so punters were drinking £5 pints of cask and keg beer; look out for The Wigmore’s collab with Bermondsey’s Brew by Numbers. There’s wine on tap – including a minerally Bacchus from Sussex – and an enticing menu of London-born cocktail classics. Unfortunately my raspberry champagne cocktail was as flat as a pancake.

The same disappointment applied to bar snacks which just didn’t live up to the ‘MasterChef’ hype. The most exciting thing about the XXL cheese toastie was its size: over a foot long and ideal for sharing (instead of KP nuts). The masala scotch egg, with a deeply spiced dahl, was much more impressive. As it was plonked down on the table without cutlery or napkins, I finally felt like I was down the pub. Otherwise, make no mistake, this is a fancy bar. But one that seems a good fit for the area’s execs come 5pm.

 

The Wigmore says
A Modern British Tavern now open on London's Regent Street. With drinks from the team behind Artesian and food overseen by Michel Roux Jr, expect great wines on tap, cocktails, cask ales and craft beers.

Taking inspiration from the great British public houses of the past, The Wigmore is opening as a social drinking, eating and meeting place with a luxury accent and a continental feel reflecting the distinct history of the British tavern, where everyone is welcome.

When it comes to food, The Wigmore will offer a menu of hearty British fare with dishes that include a raised veal and ham pie, devilled lamb’s kidneys and paprika-glazed short rib with bone marrow crumb.

Details

Address: 15 Langham Place
London
W1B 3DE
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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A few weeks back, I got the opportunity to try out the Wigmore, an opulent British Tavern, sitting off Regent’s Street. Honestly, the interior is absolutely beautiful with alluring painting leather upholstery and emerald green interior, this is one elegant tavern, that screams of British authenticity.


I am still doing dry January, so I opted for a Blackberry and Raspberry tavern lemonade. The lemonade was so sweet and bursting with flavour as the blackberry really shines through and gives off a dark candied taste.


My guest opted for the ginger tavern lemonade but described this lemonade as having a more bitter taste afterwards. He later switched to the blackberry and rosemary after.


For starters, we shared the masala-spiced Scotch egg with dahl relish. The presentation of the Scotch egg alone makes you not want to disturb its craftsmanship, as the Scotch egg is so artistic. However, once bitten inside the centre is soft and dewy with the egg being well seasoned and is slightly poached. Due to its Indian origin, the dahl relish sat well with the masala spices and made the scotch egg slightly spicy but still enjoyable to eat. This is a must-have from the menu!


Salmon is one of my favourite fishes, so I was bound to choose the smoked salmon with crème Fraiche and rye bread. I forgot to ask them to take off the crème Fraiche before serving, as I cannot eat crème, so overall it was not my favourite. I did enjoy the bread, although it was rye, it was still moist and savoury. The salmon needed a bit more flavour.


Lastly, we ordered thick fat chips, with bloody Mary salt, which sounds like a strange combination but you can actually taste the bloody Mary.


For my main, I had the duck leg with braised lentils. The duck leg shell was crispy on the outside but soft and broke easily once cut into. I loved how moist and full of flavour the inside of the duck leg is and tastes better once dipped in the braised lentil sauce. The braised lentil sauce also had pieces of finely chopped pork inside which soon became overwhelming. This dish brought back childhood memories of primary school dinners. However, this main is very filling, and I would recommend no starters when having this main.


My guest chose the ham and parsley pie with champ mash but decided to remove the mustard from his main. I managed to get a taste and this is a must-have dish! The pie is crusty on the outside but the inside of the pie is succulent, mixed with pieces of ham and parsley sauce. The mash compliments the pie as the taste is creamy and sweet.


Overall, the food at the Wigmore speaks for itself, as the dishes are British inspired and very rich in flavour. Definitely, a restaurant to try out if you want to taste authentic British food!


Price: ££


What to wear: Smart

(I wore a faux fur jacket, t-shirt, leather pants and heels)


Ambience: I went during the afternoon, so there were meeting and businessmen around.

Tastemaker

The thing about the Wigmore is that it’s good. It’s really good. There are of course other things to discuss but front and centre is the fact that it’s good. Really good. 


The fact that it’s barely five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus works in its favour here. You won’t be able to believe just how close you are to the part of London that makes normal people want to curl up in a corner and cry because it’s so beautiful and welcoming and soothing and buzzing and stylish inside…four words never normally applied to any sentence containing the words ‘Oxford’ and ‘Circus’.


Decked out in pistachio and olive and lit by glowing copper stemmed bulbs, it looks for all the world like a cross between a movie-set court-room and the personal library of your Pinterest dreams. As someone with a bit of thing for bar-side dining, my tip would be to get there for an early-bird dinner and bag two seats on the back of the 360-degree bar. You’re on the quieter side of the space but perfectly placed within chatting distance of the very friendly bartenders plus it's the perfect position for people watching, my favourite kind of acceptable nosiness!


With a menu from the pen and the pan of Michel Roux Jnr, the fact that it’s simple, elegant and exciting will come as no surprise. Certain dishes have already become staples on London’s late 2017 Instagram dining scene – hello baby crumpets and giant toastie – whilst others are less showy but still stonkingly delicious. You can’t have a decent bar menu without chips. Here they arrive chunky, hot, crispy, fluffy and covered in an intensely sharp & moreish Bloody Mary Salt.


Those afore mentioned crumpets are perfect canape inspiration and come topped with sweet crab meat, brittle slivers of seaweed and a smattering of paprika. Rich and fresh, they’re absolutely gorgeous in a 2-bites-and-then-they’re-gone kind of way.


Like Kricket’s Bhel Puri and Tandoor Chop House’s bhaji onion rings, the Wigmore’s Masala Scotch eggs are an unexpected knockout of a Indian inspired dish. Golf ball sized eggs are rolled in what looks like shredded kataifi pastry and then deep fried until as golden brown & crunchy as the skin of the TOWIE cast in August. Delicately spiced, softly boiled and sat on a bed of dhal-esque relish, heavily laden with cooling yoghurt and leafy coriander stems this is a beautifully fragrant and cleverly put together update on arguably the most classic of all Boxing Day buffet party-foods.


Grilled sardines were salty, fresh & moreish, perched with tails aloft on a fat taramasalata squiggle on a sourdough soldier whilst a no-word-of-a-lie XXL three cheese & cranberry toastie arrived triumphantly oozy underneath a stove top grill iron which, when reverentially removed, trailed stringy melted cheese in its wake in a way that was appallingly seductive. Decadent, somewhat gut-busting but absolutely worth rolling down the top of your tights waistband for, ‘bargain’ can seem like a questionable compliment but at less than a tenner this has to be one of the capital’s best right now.


There are a couple of points that may cause an elevated eyebrow – payment is taken via either a tab which requires your card to be kept behind the bar or ‘pay as you go’ which includes a service charge even on a single glass of wine – but I can’t deny that the Wigmore might have snuck in at the last moment to become one of my favourite dinners of 2017.

tastemaker

Really lovely bar for a drink with friends. Busy with an atmosphere but not crammed in like sardines like most places in the area. Good drinks a good service. Decor is lovely, which sounds odd, but the place just has a lovely atmosphere. Recommend for after work drinks or a catch up with friends.


5 stars.

The TO reviewer must have hit it on a bad day I found the food and wines realy excellent and the service very good more like a standard in a fine restaurant than a pub. I went for the veal pie or the devilled kidneys but neither were in the menu that day so check before you go whats on the menu that day.

On my second vist I chose the plaice with seaweed sauce and warm potato salad which was really excellent for £16.