The Social Eating House, is it Worth the Hype?
Located in a small street between Oxford Circus a Soho, sits the lively Michelin-Star restaurant. Over the past few years the Social Eating House has received an enormous amount of buzz, not only for maintaining their Michelin status but for the incredible cocktails served up by The Bling Pig bar attached to the restaurant.
Currently, the restaurant has a pre-theatre menu on offer, Monday-Thursday (6-6:30pm) that is very reasonably priced; a three-course-meal is only £28 and £36 with a cocktail. The food was incredible, the ham-hock terrine with whole-grain mustard was a particularly well balanced plate of traditional flavours with a slight, cutting twist in the gherkins chopped into the terrine. Also, the steak was very well-seasoned, though the medium rare was closer to rare- something to note if you aren’t a fan of overtly bloody meat. The desserts were lovely and we tried all three on offer- the lemon parfait was by far the best, we weren’t particularly sold on the crème caramel though.
The staff were friendly and very attentive and the timings of our meal ran like clock-work, perfect if you have a show to catch after. However, without a doubt, the best part of the experience is The Blind Pig bar.
Maintaining the relaxed Soho atmosphere from the restaurant, The Blind Pig comes with a host of entertaining bartenders and creative cocktails that are sure to liven up any event. The bar says of their inventive menu that ‘the cocktail menu is inspired by children’s literature and includes a food element, giving you the chance to travel through the pages of your favourite childhood stories with clever flavours and unique presentations’.
And, true to their word, the cocktails are incredible. Each based around a new story, from Winnie the Pooh, to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and even the chocolate river you dreamed of drinking from Charlie and the Chocolate factory.
The bartenders are happy to make ~ whatever ~ drink you’d like, particularly helpful if you’re suffering from a cold and want the closest thing to an alcoholic Lemsip you can find.
Well balanced and beautifully designed, the cocktails are perfectly crafted to suit an array of tastes. While they are on the pricier side, The Blind Pig is well worth a visit if you’re celebrating a new job or a friends birthday. Though try to call ahead and see if there is space, the bar do not take online bookings and it gets filled up very quickly, so it is best to check if you’ll get a seat.