The Quality Chop House
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Dating back to 1869, the Quality Chophouse in Farringdon is an iconic London dining spot, one reminiscent of another time, the kind of place where men in suits would come to drink fine wines and eat hearty lunches. Now, after a brief period of closure, it has been re-opened under new management – who have sensibly tinkered very little with the interior, retaining the handsome chequerboard floor and trademark wooden booth seating. The atmospheric space is split into a wine bar and a dining area. Reservations are taken in the latter but not in the bar, which serves a menu of British dishes alongside a lengthy and exciting selection of wines. The wine-list is thick as a phone book and a pleasure to navigate, though the staff are happy to help with this task. The menu changes frequently and dished are chalked on blackboards on the wall. Food is simple and very English. Charcuterie, cheese, gloriously melting lardo, beetroot and goat curd salad, rich meaty longhorn faggots (you can’t get more English than that). The food is simply presented on the prettiest of plates and the low-lit space is intimate and elegant. Prices are reasonable for cooking of this standard (though you can go to town on the wines if you wish) and they offer a chop and a glass of red for £15 – a deal of which its past customers would approve.
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