It was an easy decision to go to The Wigmore Tavern at the Langham. With Michel Roux Jnr overseeing the food, it was probably one of my most eagerly anticipated openings this year. Sure it may appear opulent and reserved for the elitists, but don't be fooled, it is open for all and the day we visited, all were there - from friends to wedding party's, couples to family.
|Margarita, The Wigmore Tavern, London|
It was a cold autumn day when we bustled down Regent St toward the tavern. I crossed Oxford St and tried my best to refrain from shouting expletives at the sea of shoppers blocking every possible orifice of walkway that existed to mankind. When we made it inside (a welcomed reprieve) we were cordially welcomed by the staff. As we were shown to the table I noticed the expansive room and its decorative lighting. A large chandelier hanging from the ceiling and equally high windows offering the most delightful view of the Christmas lights over Regent Street. 'Not bad', I thought.
|The Wigmore Tavern, London|
A waiter came and we order cocktails. I was most impressed with my Margarita, the Pina Colada (not shown) and the fragrant Hoptails (beer cocktails) - not so much. I like classic cocktails, the sweet, the sour and the salty. If it were up to me, botanicals would be best left in the garden. As we settled in, I perused over the menu eyeing the scotch eggs and the chips and as the orders went in, I chose for my main feast the Chicken and Mushroom Pie.
|Chicken & Mushroom Pie with Fat Chips|
The food looked incredible. As I ate the scotch egg I was struck by how light and fresh the dahl tasted, whilst still retaining a deep earthy spice. Not stopping there I went on to eat the Fat Chips with Bloody Mary Salt. I loved the chips. Losing all sense of social grace (of which I have little) I committed myself to battle it out one on one with another table mate of whom was as equally as eager for the chips as I. It ended well, with me taking the last chip.
|The 'Fat Chips with Bloody Mary Salt|
It was wonderful to sit in an environment that has elegance but a relaxed menu. This is not a bad situation at all, the meal started out brightly and my main was just as impressive. The kitchen had gone through the pains of ensuring only the best and most juiciest parts of the chicken were added into the pie, not one bit of dry breast was added. The pastry was rich and buttery.
The Wigmore is a must do in London my only caveat was, that we were never shown a dessert menu, I hadn't planned on having a dessert as this was a fairly informal lunch so was quite happy either way.
Snacks/Starter: £5 - £9
Mains: £12 - £17
Desserts: £5.50 - £7