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Low, Slow & Juke

Restaurants, American Westminster
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

You’ve got to admire the enthusiasm of the team that have relaunched this Yates’ pub (formerly the Abbey) as a Deep-South-themed bar and restaurant. Rather than saying ‘let’s just shove a bit of pulled pork on the menu and be done with it’, they’ve gone the whole hog, offering everything from pulled pork, ribs and wings to lesser-seen bratwurst and brisket, plus lemon meringue and whoopie pies for pud: someone has done their homework. But no amount of bought-in Americana-through-the-ages and upbeat jukebox tunes can distract you from the fact that the food, when it arrives, is pretty poor. Barbecue ribs had good flavour but were too tough; slaw was crunchy but drowning in mayo; mac ’n’ cheese was stodgy and dry. As for cocktails, there’s selection of ‘smoky’ options, all with a thin glass lid, whisked away at the table to release the smoke: a nice bit of a theatre, certainly, but the concoctions themselves lacked finesse.

But service was good natured and the room buzzy with groups of after-hours office workers, many of whom had done the smart thing and stuck to cold bottled beers. I suggest you do, too.


Address: 1 Abbey Orchard St

Transport: Tube: St. James's Park
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Users say (4)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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this place is excellent. Amazing range and quality of delicious smoke-cooked meats and pairing sauces with well informed staff who know their stuff and make spot on recommendations. Dining on the mezzanine above the bar gives a wonderful vantage point and is my tip should you visit. There are other sectioned off dining areas but it's fun to be overlooking the action. There was so much we wanted to try that we massively over-ordered but forced down every last bit because it was all that good. An excellent place for a group of meat loving friends!

Have to admit the cocktails were quite good but the food did not match up. We both had the beef brisket which came in little sliced pieces, the sauce was acceptable but the meat was just not amazing. It was tough and a bit bland, not very beefy at all, which was a shame. Service was sloppy at best but couldn't blame the waitress as it seemed quite understaffed. I did wonder why it was half empty on a Friday night. 

The deco of this place is very well done but it's the quality of food and service that will keep people coming.

Can't really agree with Time Out on this one - especially the line about the cocktails.  As someone who loves cocktails I was quite excited by the cocktail menu here.  I think the cocktails are well made and have creative flavours.  The 'smoked' aspect of it is a nice touch and is something different, which is nice.  Also - the mac and cheese was great when I had it. I make mac and cheese from scratch at home and is one of my favourite dishes - so I'm usually picky.  Was pleasantly surprised.  The chicken wings are also amazing.  I would definitely recommend.


Finally something new in a relatively dead part of town that just happens to be near my office.  The place was also pretty empty which on a Friday night isnt a great sign.  Drink service was slow, food service was quick.  Which resulted in us get our wine just after finishing our starters.  The wings were lovely, the ribs were dry.  A bit hit and miss!  I am sure there are some better items on the menu, I think we just chose badly! Given there isnt much else around here I am sure I will be back again soon.

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