Harden's survey result
“Perfect sharing plates”, “lovely staff” and a “wonderful evening atmosphere – like being on the Continent” – have made this three-year-old bar, restaurant and wine shop near Selfridges a “welcome addition” to Jason Atherton’s stable of Socials. On the downside, “it can work out expensive”.
An “extensive and great value wine list” presided over by a “fantastic sommelier” is perhaps the biggest attraction at Jason Atherton’s Marylebone two-year-old – “buzzy upstairs, cosier downstairs” – but it scored extremely strongly all-round this year, including for its “really top small plates”.
With its “tempting, well thought-out and unusual wine selection”, Jason Atherton’s Marylebone yearling particularly wins praise for its “casual” buzz. Even fans of its “superb” tapas concede it’s “not cheap” however, and critics say it’s “not up to the standard of the other Socials”, not helped by “blaring” music and an interior that can feel “too crowded” and “self-conscious”.
From the prolific stable of Jason Atherton – a svelte Marylebone newcomer with a heavy focus on wines, sherries and madeiras, plus funky tapas, served from open kitchens in both the tapas bar (ground floor) and cellar bar; it opened too late for the survey, but early press reviews are nothing short of adulatory.
|Wine per bottle||£29.00|
39 James St, London, W1U 1EB
12pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 11pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm