A good gastropub is a wonderful thing and the Newman Street Tavern is my new favourite. Found on the corner of Newman Street and Goodge Street, it’s ideal for food with friends or a romantic meal for two (ahhhh).
Stretched across two floors, it’s smart, lively and cosy, run by a team of friendly waiters you’d like to make friends with. The menu makes life difficult as there are too many tempting starters, mains and desserts, not to mention the sides, Neal’s Yard Dairy cheese and all-day Shellfish Menu.
We chose what our waiter recommended – deciding for ourselves was too hard. Devon Crab Salad (£11) was a sight for sore eyes. A mountain of white crab meat was surrounded by brown meat, a lemony sauce, crushed hard boiled eggs and golden crisp breads. I was in heaven.
Across the table sat Cured Sea Trout with Salmon Caviar (£8) – an odd date I know. The ample portion was made up of thick, sumptuous slices of rich, salty trout, bright orange caviar, a small handful of capers, onion and nutty rye bread. Another triumph.
Main courses of Mackerel atop Scottish Girolles (£15) and Spit Roast Middle White Pork (£18) were just as tasty. The mackerel’s tender white meat fell from the bone and went beautifully with the buttery mushrooms. As for the pork, the large, round slab of juicy meat was covered in rich gravy and surrounded by a crisp ring of crackling.
We didn’t need sides, but couldn’t resist Ceps with Garlic & Parsley Fried Potatoes (£8) and a Rocket & Shallot Salad (£3.50). The potatoes were more than just a side, with each glistening mouthful more delicious than the last.
Finding room in our bellies for dessert, we shared a Plum Cheesecake (£6.50) that was delightfully creamy and intensely flavoured by the poached fruit.
I don’t have a bad word to say about the Newman Street Tavern, so give it a very worthy LLE Rating of 9 / 10. We’re already planning our next visit, perhaps on a cold Sunday when we can enjoy hours of great food, warming glasses of red and an atmosphere that’s hard to leave.
Newman Street Tavern, 48 Newman St, London W1T 1QQ