Review on Lady Ottoline
The Lady Ottoline was bought from Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen in October 2014 by restaurant consultancy, Nigel Sutcliffe and James MacLean, who are the team behind Newman Street Tavern in London's Fitzrovia, the Princess Victoria in Shepherd's Bush and the Henry Root in Fulham. This old Victorian boozer has been sympathetically transformed by designers Olly Simpson and Concorde BGW and is now very smart indeed. Spread over two floors, with the dark wood bar on the ground floor and a cosy welcoming fire. Upstairs they have created a more formal dining room with its antique Queen Anne furnishings and button backed leather banquettes, with a décor of warm greens and cream setting the tone.
The kitchen is overseen by Alain Irwin who climbed the culinary ladder at Michelin-starred Chapter One and he proposes a classic pub menu in the bar, with more refined modern British and European dishes in the upstairs dining room. His food is based on carefully sourced seasonal ingredients and it shows in the quality of dishes on offer. Enjoy a starter of venison and rocket salad, toasted pine nuts, and balsamic dressing or pan fried red snapper, pearl barley risotto and whisky reduction. Main courses take in pink roasted rump of Blackface lamb, root vegetable purée, candied figs, crispy pancetta and juniper jus or line caught stone bass, citrus charlotte potatoes, ginger beurre blanc and coriander cress. Desserts home in on the classics with a crème brûlée with homemade shortbread biscuits, or maybe a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
The wine list is a cracker featuring wine from boutique and family-run growers, with many available by the glass and carafe, as well as a selection of quality English ales on tap such as Wandle, Meantime Pale Ale, Mad Goose and Adnams.
Gastro pub / British / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Fri & sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express