RestaurantsLondonSt John's WoodNW8

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Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Outstanding, really tasty Lebanese food” can be a surprise find at this “very ornate pub” – a beautifully restored, late-Victorian, Renaissance-style gin palace in St John’s Wood, whose dazzling interior was originally supposed to act as that of a major railway hotel (due to the ‘folly’ of the owner, as the tracks ultimately ended up terminating in Marylebone). In its current guise, it’s “one of the few Maroush group restaurants that survived post-Covid”.

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Classic up-market Lebanese food” and “a good choice of Lebanese wines” from the Maroush group can be enjoyed in the unlikely surroundings of this lavish late-Victorian gin palace – a ‘folly’ constructed in the mistaken expectation that a railway terminus would be built nearby (the site turned out to be Marylebone). “The front bar is a reconstruction of the original pub, and is great for a pre-dinner drink”. Top Tip – “avoid Lord’s cricket days, when it gets busy with rowdy fans”.

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The unique combination of a “beautiful venue” – an ornate late-Victorian pub built in the mistaken expectation that a railway terminus would arrive in St John’s Wood – and “wonderful Lebanese food” from the Maroush Group has made this unlikely destination one of the higher-rated restaurants in north London.

Summary

£54
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very ornate interiors” at this “fascinating pub” were created thanks to a misguided late-Victorian entrepreneur who thought a major railway terminus would be built in St John’s Wood. For the last few years, it’s been a new departure for the Maroush group, and – after a poor start dabbling with traditional British cuisine – it’s “getting better now that they’ve returned to their Lebanese roots”. Mezze and kebabs in a pub may seem an odd mix and it is “a difficult place to get to”, but by all accounts it’s worth the effort.

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23-24 Aberdeen Place, London, NW8 8JR

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Crocker's Folly Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Crocker's Folly Restaurant in NW8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Crocker's Folly restaurant.
Richard F
Fantastic decoration but sadly best room wa...
Reviewed 2 months, 8 days ago

"Fantastic decoration but sadly best room was closed. Attentive service"

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Victoria J
The room was absolutely beautiful. The foo...
Reviewed 8 months, 21 days ago

"The room was absolutely beautiful. The food was good and very large portions - we ordered to share and had more than we needed. Good choice of vegetarian dishes. Music was a little loud so we asked to have it turned down. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.60 £16.00 £5.75 £5.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £2.75
Extras  
Service 12.50%
23-24 Aberdeen Place, London, NW8 8JR
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑12 am

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