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avoAvocado with tomato jelly and prawn crisps

Having tried out Angler restaurant on the top floor of South Place Hotel back when it first opened in 2012  we hadn't got around to returning. In the intervening years, it was awarded a Michelin star (which it still has) and last year acquired a new executive chef - Gary Foulkes - who used to be head chef at the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Square.

So when we heard they were putting on a rather lovely sounding Taste of Summer menu the moment felt right for a return visit.

prawnsAjo blanco with red prawns

The seasonal menu runs during the week and aims to showcase the best of the summer seasonal bounty. It's not a bad price too. For £48 the four course dinner kicked off with a glass of champagne and some snacks before moving on to dishes like ajo blanco with red prawns, a really wonderful smoked eel and potato salad and ending with one of the best meringues we'd had in an age.

Menus change really regularly, so you're unlikely to have the same dishes as us, but if what we had was anything to go by you'll be glad you made the trip.

pavlovaPavlova with lemon verbena, raspberry and violet

We opted for the drinks pairing (£35) which was generous and inventive. Particularly good pairings were the Gruner Veltiner Erste Lage Renner with the ajo blanco and the Bolney Pinot Noir with the Roast Goosnargh chicken. 

Vibe-wise on a Friday evening the room was split into larger family groups and couples enjoying romantic dinners a deux. The dining room really is a very appealing one - flooded with light - and we'd forgotten just how big the terrace up here was. It'll be just perfect for if the sunshine ever returns.

 

More about Angler Restaurant

Where is it? South Place Hotel, 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF

Price? The Taste of Summer menu price ranges but is usually around the £42-£48 mark

When? Available from Monday to Friday at dinner only until the end of August 2017.

Find out more: On their website or follow them on Twitter @Angler_London

 

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