The Lockhart

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Marylebone
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The Lockhart
Patricia Niven

Please note, The Lockhart is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, August 2016.

The Lockhart got off to a shaky start, but this changed towards the end of 2013 with the arrival of a new chef, Brad McDonald, and whole new menu. McDonald hails from Mississippi via Brooklyn, and while his cooking has all the knowing contemporary class of a hip NYC bistro, it's firmly rooted in the sweetness, spice and smoke of the Deep South. We particularly enjoyed the shrimp and grits, which had an umami savouriness to the mushroom, bacon and prawn ‘soup’ poured over the polenta-like cheesy grits. Southern-fried chicken was crisp and dry, the chicken meat unusually flavoursome, seeing it far apart from fast food chain fodder. Served with fried green peppers and a lush coleslaw, this was a dish not for paupers, but fit for kings – or even The King (as Elvis was born in Mississippi). The two floors are both light and bright, done out in reclaimed wooden furniture with mismatched vintage crockery and fresh flowers – a pleasing, easy-going space for soul food.


Venue name: The Lockhart
Address: 22-24 Seymour Place
Opening hours: Restaurant Lunch served noon-2pm, dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat. Brunch served 11am-3.30pm Sun. Bar Open noon-11.30pm Tue-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-3pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Meal for two with with drinks and service: around £50
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The best fried chicken I've had outside of Texas!  Massive compliments to the chef; he's captured the essence of soul food superbly.  It'll cost you though (roughly £17 for dinner!) but it's worth it.  

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I have yet to try the dinner menu at Lockhart but it’s my go-to place for an American brunch in London. 

They have the best chicken and waffles this side of the pond, thanks to thick and chewy waffles made from a yeast and corn flour dough, as the waiter informed me, and of course, juicy fried chicken pieces, which are super sized, American style.

To drink, I would suggest a traditional iced tea but you should also consider the excellent cocktails at Lockhart, with special brunch time creations available too. And if you still have space for dessert – which is unlikely – freshly home made donuts or cinnamon buns should sort you out.

Staff Writer

There are some misses on The Lockhart's fairly brief menu, but when it hits, my god it nails it. My overriding memory of eating there is being extravagantly full because I couldn't bear to leave even a scrap of the juicy, crispy fried chicken, or the plump prawns in their cheesy grits, or the insanely good hot, soft cornbread that comes swimming in melted butter. Well-heeled guests may find the checked-shirt-casual staff a little too laidback, but I felt they matched the quality soul food rather nicely. If you're not convinced by posh KFC for dinner then drop by at lunchtime for what must be the ultimate sandwich: muffaletta.