Lady Ottoline, Bloomsbury

Lady Ottoline is a lovely little pub, tucked away in Bloomsbury. A sister establishment to the renowned Pig & Butcher in Islington, this simple, rustic gastro pub offers great food at affordable prices and is an ideal venue for a friendly catch-up and drink.

Dinner is served upstairs in a shabby-chic dining room. The place was alive and kicking when we turned up at 9pm on a weeknight, obviously the  secret of Lady Ottoline is out!

We were seated at a lovely window table which was perfect on this warm summer evening. We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco before indulging in a tasty three-course meal of British-Continental favourites.

First course was light and fresh: tomato, burrata salad for me, and asparagus with poached hen’s egg and béarnaise sauce for my guest. The nervous waitress delivered these quickly and efficiently to us along with a basket of tempting bread.

For main we were won over by the roast lamb special and 28-day aged sirloin steak, both hearty and comforting recipes which smelt as good as they looked. The lamb was tender and juicy, served on a bed of creamy mash potato, but the steak was even better, well seasoned and accompanied with fabulously creamy béarnaise sauce.

We just about managed to fit in a few mouthfuls of dessert: vanilla pannacotta and lime tart were our sweets of choice.

Great food and a lovely venue, the Lady Ottoline offers everything you need and expect from a modern British pub.

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