The Folly bar is opposite Monument tube right in the heart of the city. It’s busy, buzzin’, and apologies for using the old cliché but The Folly Bar is seriously jumpin’!
It’s a big space with high ceilings; airy and situated over two floors with a basement and ground floor. There are seating areas for groups of people to meet for drinks then lots of tables to eat at plus a HUGE menu. At first I thought with a menu that size it’s going to take forever to eat surely…
However, we were welcomed by the manager and had the most adorable waiter looking after us; he was fun, informative, recommended dishes honestly ‘that ones not my favourite, but this one is delicious’. The menu is divided up clearly so you can go straight to nibbles or sharing boards, through to mains and steaks and burgers (some dishes marked with a tape measure so you know which are the ‘lighter’ meals to have). I tried the Superfood Flatbread, it arrived on a dark wood chopping board, was a large size and as my husband only had a mouthful as he had steak to follow, it was definitely a dish to share and not a starter (unless you have quite an appetite!). I then had the Bittersweet Salad to follow that arrived in a red metal colander again on a chopping board, so much fun! The husband said his steak was perfectly cooked and delicious and our fries (I had to try the truffle and rosemary fries) came served in terracotta plant pots! Dessert we shared a chocolate fondue with incredible marshmallows and homemade shortbread.
The service was unbelievable, there looked to be only four working in the kitchen (always a worry in a large venue) but they clearly work incredibly well together and everyone was fed fast and furiously, the team were friendly, cheerful and the bottle of prosecco went down far to easily.
If you want a romantic dinner for two I wouldn’t suggest here but if you want fun, great food and fabulous service this is your place. An ideal location to meet friends after work if you are in the city and if not, it’s just between bank and monument tube stations; it’d be a shame not to try it.