Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Marylebone

A handsome gastropub in Portman Village, Marylebone. Leather banquettes, suede chesterfields, crisp linen and gleaming glassware give it a bit of class but - pleasingly - there are plenty of nods to the traditional old boozer this once was. There's even a good selection of real ale on tap.

It's mostly about the food here, though. Its gastropub credentials come through on a menu ranging from crispy squid, burgers and poshed-up fish and chips to a pan-fried fillet of hake with salsa verde, roast Cornish cod, with crushed parsley potatoes, wild spinach and a brown crabmeat sauce, and a char-grilled côte de bœuf with pomme dauphinoise, green beans, horseradish and a red wine jus.

Breakfast and brunch options prove popular here too. There's a solid selection on offer, from pastries and continental options to boiled eggs with soldiers, eggs benedict, Loch Fyne smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, buttermilk waffles with bacon and maple syrup, and a good-old traditional English breakfast. It's available every day of the year, too. 


Venue name: Portman
Address: 51 Upper Berkeley St
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-11pm Mon-Thur; 7.30am-midnight Fri; 9am-midnight Sat; 9.30am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £70
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Lovely upmarket pub. Friendly staff and a good selection of beer. Nice buzzy atmosphere, great for a post work drink. It’s always busy though so head in early to nab a table. 

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If you're eating here, next time you go book Lurra over the road instead, which is in a different league at very similar prices. If you're after a beer or two on the other hand, this is the far superior choice!


We had a fairly impromptu work christmas meal here last week (impromtu for 25 people is hard to find around December time) so big props to the portman for housing us at short notice! We ate upstairs in the smartish restaurant and followed with drinks downstairs. Food was excellent, I had the turkey (you'll see a running theme in my reviews this month, I love the stuff) and it was very good. Missing bread sauce but that's often omitted (it's the best part, you're killing me!)

The main thing I liked about our meal was the service - it was relaxed, and our waitress was so sweet and friendly - it made all the difference to our night. By the end we were suitably merry and she wasn't phased at all - far from it. Food was all delivered on time and to the correct people - and I didn't come across anyone in our party unhappy with their meal. When I was scouting around with food envy I noted the calamari starter looked good, as did the rib eye steak for main. If I went back, I'd be looking to try those out. 

Once our meal was over, we slowly transported downstairs to the main bar, which is really a standard British pub. Again, the service was fantastic - very friendly and very patient with regards to our unusual drinks requests (yes, you can get B52 shots made up here on order). By around 10pm it was lacking in atmosphere a little bit but it was definitely a great spot to get our night started.