Iain Glen’s titular gumshoe doesn’t so much eschew genre cliché as elevate it to the level of artform. He’s a drinker, he’s a maverick and he’s a risk taker. But he gets the job done. Tonight, he on the trail of a group of Galway vigilantes who are bothering the town’s criminal population. Along the way, he tangles with a local businessman who’s shacked up with one of his old colleagues.
But inevitably, the trail leads to a missing girl. There’s always a missing girl in noirish indulgences like this. Their innocent smiles make a convenient thematic counterpoint to all the rain, whiskey and kneecapping. Surprisingly enjoyable, even so: the familiar scenarios are at least played out with appropriate relish and conviction and Glen’s excellently gnarly in the lead. Daft, grimy fun.
A grand all-day dining room with what looks like a very high-spec finish, Mirror Room is located inside the Rosewood London – a five-star hotel on High Holborn. The kitchen is overseen by Amandine Chaignot, who has worked with the likes of Alain Ducasse and Jean-Francois Piège. Dishes on the all-day dining menu include steak-frites, smoked duck tagliatelle and pan-seared Cornish cod with baby vegetables, coriander, ginger and lemongrass alongside seared tuna salads, club sandwiches, smoked salmon tartine and a green risotto with watercress coulis, broccolini, peas, asparagus, fresh herbs and parmesan. The drinks list includes a wide range of white, green and black teas, as well as Champagne cocktails and wines by the glass – including prestige bottles served from the Coravin.
Venue says: “Art-inspired afternoon tea, created by executive pastry chef, Mark Perkins, is available from £50 per person.”