One bite: The Taste ~ Two bites: The Love
10-12 Leadenhall Market, London UK
+44 (0) 20 7626 2454
Lunch – Friday, March 10, 2017
After doing the tourist thing in Leadenhall Market we needed lunch. Deciding on The Lamb Tavern we climbed the stairs that lead up to a beautifully open dining room overlooking the historic market. With no reservation, they sat us at a window table toward the back (Still with a view) as all the front tables were reserved. We were sat with menus and offered a drink.
I really can not make a bad point on the service, remembering we were at a pub, the server was very attentive, not constantly at us, but just enough to ensure any needs were met.
We were offered some assistance in choosing a wine, they had a special going with a local English wine, not on the menu. It turns out, the wine used to be on the menu, but was being fazed out. We at first, took this as it was not so great, thankfully when we voiced our concerns the server quickly stated that is not the case and convinced us to try it. We are very glad we did as it was a beautiful wine made locally! A shame it didn’t sell well and came off the menu. The Bolney Estate, England, Lychgate White 2014.
First Course 1: Cromer crab salad, Bacon, soft boiled egg, brown crab dressing (8.75£) – This was a nice light dish that had all the flavors of a satisfying salad. The egg was perfectly soft with a runny yolk and the bacon added just the right amount of saltiness.
Second Course 1: Chicken and sweetcorn pie, puff pastry, kale (15£) Second Course 2: 8-hour braised beef brisket cottage pie, Butler’s mature cheddar, mash potato, leeks, kkale (15.75£) – Both pies were just as described and delicious. Seasoned well, tender meat with good chunks of it. The kale was served on the side, I put mine into the pot and it added to the flavours and made the vegetable not so dry.
Side Salad: Green bean, mixed leaf salad, cherry tomato (4.5£) – Probable didn’t need to order this as the kale was on the side (I thought the kale was in the pot) but it was a refreshing bite in between the hot soft pie. Very nice to have the dressing tossed as part of the salad, it is the norm for Spain to bring a side of vinegar and olive oil to the table and dress the salad yourself. It is much better to have a dressing made and tossed as one.
This was a great find in a sea of places to choose for lunch at Leadenhall Market. It just happened to be a “Young’s” establishment as well which I would have preferred to try a stand alone pub. With so many options nearby it is really hard to pick one out of the bunch. The view was nice to be high up looking out at the market, the dining room had a clean yet old feel giving you the atmosphere of stepping back in time again. Very happy to give this Pub a Two Bites approval.