To have an independent bar and restaurant of this quality away from the centre of London is quite something. The long bar that greets you as you walk in from the street is very inviting, packed with locals at the weekend, and offers up well-made cocktails (the bar’s classic margarita gets a big thumbs up), Scottish gin and lots of whisky, smoky and non-smoky. Intimate, stylish and lively during peak hours, Irvin has a great atmosphere that feels like a private members’ club, thanks to the fact that its owners are on site, friendly and know their clientele. If you don’t just want to prop up the bar, but are looking for food that’s more substantial than bar snacks (more-ish parmesan shortbread and venison pepperoni, anyone?), a small restaurant at the back serves up an enticing and sophisticated selection of small and large dishes that mix Italian and Scottish cuisine and can be shared, tapas style. Typical plates include spicy Lucanica sausages & black olive crumb, crispy mackerel with pickled kohlrabi, horseradish and dill with roasted guinea fowl breast, saffron purée and glazed peach. Delicious.
Irvin Bar GrillClassy bar and restaurant, away from the city centre
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