Sometimes there’s a sense that BBC4’s once formidable music department is doing little more than casting around for new ways to tell the same old stories. This lengthy doc could have been an alternative history of the rock and pop era, told via changing delivery formats. Instead, it feels stodgy, enervated and shapeless, as lacking in urgent nimbleness as an ELP organ solo.
The general thesis is that, as singles turned to albums, artists stretched out, produced concept albums and rock operas and generally began to enjoy (or indulge) themselves. Thus, the music expanded by following the format. As a theory, it probably holds water; as a documentary reality, it simply leads to the retelling of some very familiar stories (‘Sgt Pepper’, ‘Tubular Bells’, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’) in a less than involving way. It’s at times like this that BBC4 feels dangerously in thrall to its target demographic – in musical terms at least, it badly needs to start casting its net a little wider.
There's a suitably industrial look to this bar and kitchen, which is situated close to Kilburn tube and Brondesbury Overground – it does reference a smelting site, after all. It's a slip of a room, with bare brickwork, leather banquettes and brushed wooden flooring leading down to an open kitchen at the back. Beer pumps held up by brass-gilded fire extinguishers prove a talking point. There's a bit of a dude-food slant to what comes out of the kitchen - expect sliders, a chorizo and black pudding hash, rainbow 'slaw, burgers and flat-iron steaks with fries. A feta and thyme panna cotta and braised pig cheek with celeriac purée and pear relish show adventure. Cocktails prove popular here, with classics alongside signatures such as a sour monkey (Monkey Shoulder whisky, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur lemon and egg white) or an I am Groot (Wild Turkey 81 bourbon, vanilla, lemon, bitters and Square Root root beer). Those finely furnished taps pump out drops from Meantime, Camden Town, Beavertown, Kona and Red Hook - plus there's loads of craft beer by the bottle, too. There's a suitably industrial look to this bar and kitchen, which is situated close to Kilburn tube and Brondesbury Overground
Venue says: “Happy hour! Two-for-£10 cocktails, buckets of beers for £12 and Meantime Lager for £3! Plus sliders and nachos offers. Mon-Sun, 5-8pm.”