May 11, 2018
Occupying a ground floor space in the St. Giles’ Hotel on the fringes of Fitzrovia, Hudson’s House is a smart lounge bar and dining room which serves an array of classic cocktails alongside a serviceable food menu. The venue does its best to disguise a boxy lobby space with deep blue walls, wood panelling, quirky industrial light fittings and a handsome front bar area, but look closer and some of the fixtures already look a bit scuffed and worn around the edges. Service however is very friendly and efficient adding a splash of warmth to an otherwise faintly anonymous room. The drinks menu focuses on the classics with a Negroni and a Bramble both very well made; a French 75, however, was pretty much overwhelmed by lemon. The food menu was similarly reliable if unadventurous featuring a range of tasty baguettes and salads ß-a steak sandwich hit the spot as did the house French fries, but a veggie salad and a starter portion of olives were disappointingly generic. The clientele were largely made up of hotel guests with a smattering of locals in a for a pre-theatre tipple and the space has potential, though it needs to resolve issues of identity, to figure out whether it’s just an (above average) hotel bar or something slightly more stylish and ambitious.
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