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“A great atmosphere” (by the standards of City restaurants) helps win fans for this outpost of the Caledonian Victoria original, down an alley near Liverpool Street, which has a ground floor bar and basement dining room, and serves a similar modern Scottish formula, with an emphasis on wines and whiskies.
“Down a narrow alley” near Liverpool Street, this City-outpost of the Victoria original has a ground floor bar, and below it “a very red, almost gothic-themed banquette-style dining room”. Most often tipped as a business venue: even those who felt “the bill was rather high”, say “the food was generally good, and steak excellent”.
“A Dickensian alley” leads to this City offshoot of the Victoria original “with an old world club-like feel to it”; fans applaud its meaty Caledonian fare and appeal as a business venue – critics though find the cooking merely “acceptable”.
The restaurant offers a modern-British menu focused on Aberdeenshire dry-aged steaks, Highland game and Hebridean shellfish in addition to Scottish treats such as Loch Ryan native oysters, Dunkeld smoked salmon and roast Macsween's haggis served with obligatory mash and neeps. The food is accompanied by an extensive wine selection as well as a premium whisky list and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.
The ground floor Champagne & Oyster Bar for drinking and relaxed dining has a large contingent of regular and devoted City customers. The restaurant on the lower ground floor* offers more formal dining with booths and alcoves for private business discussions as well as the traditional Piano Bar.
On Saturday nights the entertainment is provided by TJ Johnson, backed by his band of top British musicians who present music influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more.
*If not specified, all bookings are made for the lower ground floor restaurant
The Piano Bar is a relaxing space with banquette and table seating. It offers an ideal location for a sit down lunch or dinner as well as canapé receptions and drinks parties.
Please note that this room is not completely secluded from other diners. At weekends the whole venue is available for private hire for weddings, anniversaries, celebrations as well as corporate events at no extra cost. Please enquire about availability 020 7283 1763; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McGonagall Room is tucked away in a corner of the main restaurant and can accommodate up to 44 guests on three long tables. The McGonagall Room, the Piano Bar and the Restaurant combined, can accommodate up to 110 guests for dinner parties during the week and at weekends.
Please note that this room is not completley secluded from other diners. At weekends the whole venue is available for private hire for weddings, anniversaries, celebrations as well as corporate events at no extra cost.