Have you heard the tale of Phileas Fogg? The fictional character said to have navigated around the world in 80 days?
Well there's more to this tale of adventure that you might have known and it makes the perfect backstory to a fabulous restaurant-come-pub right in London's theatre-land:
Whilst making his way across the globe, Phileas' dear aunt Gertrude died leaving him as the sole beneficiary of her London home. Together with her loyal housekeeper, Fanny McGee, they turned it into a rowdy tavern where she could celebrate with her theatrical chums. As soon as you step inside, you're greeted with all sorts of curious objects from Phileas' travels around the world. Flags hanging from the ceiling, taxidermy on the walls, waiting staff in traditional victorian dress...it's not your regular West End pub, but that's all part of its charm!
The upstairs is home to the Gin Parlour which boasts over 300 bottles of gin! We had a little peek in there whilst they had a private function on and the manager told us about their new exciting venture.
The G+Tea! will take guests on a mini gin safari, complete with safari hats and aprons. They'll be able to taste 3 unique and rare gins and will be led through the intricate history and origins of each.
Afterwards, they will be lead back into the Salon where they can enjoy a gin and tonic, followed by afternoon tea with 3 tiers of sweet treats and champagne or gin tea! Sounds fab right?
It's due to launch later this summer so I'll be sure to share details soon but for now we're here for the Tavern downstairs.
As big on liquor as they are on food, the Libations (or cocktails to you and me) menu is killer. I started off with our waiter's recommendation, the fabulously named: Sparkles from the Orchard - a sweet fruity and floral blend of pear, apple and elderflower topped with sparkling wine! (£8).
If cocktails aren't your thing - don't worry because the bar is well stocked with all sorts of spirits and they also have a wide selection of locally sourced beers too.
There aren't actually any starters on the menu but I'd been recommended the charcuterie board so they agreed to make one up for us! Sharing starters are always my favourite and this was spot on. The only thing missing for me was some kind of chutney or balsamic vinegar/oil to bring a little moisture but I loved the mini gherkins!
Being a pub, main courses had to pay tribute to traditional British pub-grub. Tom went for the beef and bacon pie which came slathered in gravy alongside a generous serving of creamy mash and green veg.
I went for the roast of the day, in my case perfectly cooked rare beef and a mountain of roast potatoes! I hadn't realise it didn't come with any veg though so I'd definitely recommend ordering a side of greens!There's only one choice on the menu for pudding, so of course we had to order it. A creamy Eton Mess washed down a super strong gin Negroni.
Overall our experience at Mr Fogg's was brilliant. The cocktails were good, the food delicious and the staff extra friendly. I've already pencilled in a return to make my way through the Gin Parlour upstairs...
Mr Foggs Tavern
58 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden
* Our food/drinks were complimentary.
All opinions are my own
All opinions are my own