Whilst staying at The Montcalm London City at The Brewery I also got to eat at one of the restaurants affiliated with the hotel (but not attached to the hotel, independent in their own right). When staying at the hotel you get to use an entrance at the side of the bar rather than from the street, I loved coming in through there – as though I were entering a secret world into this gastro-pub.
It’s bustly, busy and homely and the delicious aromas of food hit you as soon as you enter. Just like the hotel next door it is also part of the old Whitbread brewery (c.1748) and formerly The King’s Head pub. The Jugged Hare takes its name from a famous 18th century recipe created by Hannah Glass; the UK’s first and foremost domestic goddess (see, this website is educational too!).
The spacious dining room, once the barreling room of the brewery, features exposed ceramic tiles on the vault ceilings and walls, oak floors throughout and a theatre style kitchen so you can see exactly what is going on.
I dined solo and being vegetarian and gluten free was a bit of a challenge but we pulled through. It’s a fabulously British menu (which includes Jugged Hare during Hare season); I started with asparagus and hollandaise – oh yum! Then a spring vegetable, goat curd and walnut salad with a beetroot and fennel slaw. Dessert was rum and raison ice cream and pink grapefruit sorbet, washed down with a delicious rosé.
The table next to me had a roast chicken served up on a wooden chopping board to carve between them plus many side dishes, I saw enormous Yorkshire puddings being carried through the dining room too – I’d be more than happy to go back, I have lots of friends who would love it there.
Ideal stop off pre or post theatre for the Barbican too – try it I think you’ll love it, or do you already?