Busy, chic dining pub with first-class food and drink, efficient service and seats outside
The good pub guide review
Named after the original dandy who counted King George IV as a close friend, this stylish pub in the central courtyard of St James's Market, just round the corner from Piccadilly Circus, is the newest addition to the Cubitt House group. Huge glass windows keep it all light and airy; the open-plan bar has curved button-back banquettes, mustard yellow dining chairs and stools around wooden tables on parquet flooring, big glass chandeliers and modern artwork. Stairs lead up from here to the mezzanine dining room. Well trained, friendly staff keep everything running smoothly and the fine choice of drinks includes Hammerton N1 and XPA and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, around 40 wines by the glass from an impressive list (including several English wines, fizz and dessert wines), British spirits (they support small producers and distillers) for their cocktail list, and a thoughtful choice of soft drinks. Seats on the terrace at the front get snapped up pretty quickly in warm weather; dogs are allowed in the downstairs bar.
The good pub guide food review
Well presented dishes using sustainable, locally sourced produce as much as possible include pork rillettes with spiced pumpkin chutney, cured trout with beetroot relish and dill crème fraîche, pigeon pastrami with pickles, flat-iron steak with tomato and caper dressing, fries and watercress salad, a pie of the day, heritage carrot and smoked almond wellington, confit pork belly with haricot beans and calvados jus, and puddings such as Yorkshire forced rhubarb eton mess and poached pear with candied almonds, chocolate brownie and ricotta ice-cream.
Beau Brummell, 3 Norris Street, St James`s Market, London, SW1Y 4RJ
(020) 8075 9477
Pub Group: Cubitt House
Weekdays: 9am-11.30pm Mon-Thurs; 9am-midnight Fri