Review on Polpo at Ape & Bird

Polpo at Ape & Bird opened in November 2013 on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and West Street, located on the former site of the Marquis of Granby. It is the latest venture from restaurateur Russell Norman and his business partner Richard Beatty, who already operate Polpo, da Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin. The Victorian boozer which has been knocked through to the next-door building, now houses two dining rooms and three bars. Large round iron chandeliers, dark green leather banquettes and simple wood tables set with nightlights in empty jam jars completes the rustic décor.

The groups chef director Tom Oldroyd together with head chef Alex Windebank who previously worked at the Michelin-Starred Sportsman in Seasalter, and more recently at the Plough Inn, Stalisfield Green, Kent, have created a menu that pulls in fresh ingredients and local produce to create dishes with a British accent. Menus change frequently to take advantage of the availability of the highest quality seasonal produce.

To start you might go for devilled kidneys on toast followed by a main course of Winter chowder, Scottish mussels, pancetta and black cabbage or a satisfying Black face mutton mince and dumplings. Desserts home in on the classics with a blackberry and apple crumble or sticky date pudding paired with ice cream.

There is an extensive wine list to match the food, craft beers and tasty cocktails.

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Tom Oldroyd and Alex Windebank

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 11.30am through until
Dinner: 11.30pm (10.30pm Sun)

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Polpo at Ape & Bird
142 Shaftesbury Avenue
Covent Garden
Central London

Nearest tube station: Leicester Square

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