You’d have to be hiding under a rock to not have heard of the Drake & Morgan group – a cutesy and relatively small chain of “Gast’raunts”. Yes, believe it, I have just created that word, but it does describe the setting beautifully.
We were invited along to the latest Drake and Morgan baby (The Fable in Farringdon) to test out the house cocktails and flatbread range; and what a range it is too. You can expect an excellently collated menu with interesting and exotic dishes – daily specials and recommendations from the staff (always a good sign as they’re clearly fans of the food too!), ample space for parties of 10+ (there’s even a fitting wall of books to create the perfect literature lodge) and wild n’ wacky cocktails for the adventurous guest.
To start we tested out the skinny cocktails – certainly the first place I’ve seen that has put calories on the menu of a selection of “low cal” cocktail options. A bonus point that they also tasted great – the Russian martini (£8.95) was full of citrus zing and elegant bubbles. My “full fat” Lavendar love (£8.95) lacked flavour in comparison, really tasting nothing more than sweet juice (a mild floral from the Lavendar infused sugar but I personally would have liked this to have shone through more).
To eat we had two flatbreads (£9.95 each); me the BBQ crispy chicken with buffalo mozzarella and bacon, for my dinner date, Ems, the mushroom, brie and Parma ham flatbread. I was seriously torn between the Mediterranean mezze so cheekily asked if I could have a taster of the homemade baba ganoush in the side – which the charming staff duly provided alongside a small sample of houmous too (winner!). Pleased I went with the BBQ chicken as the sauce was tangy and moistened the doughy flatbread underneath. The leaves on top were crisp, fresh and added a lovely crunch to the succulent chicken – it totally hit the spot, especially when accompanied with the garlicky baba ganoush!
All in all, there wasn’t much to differentiate The Fable from any of the other Drake and Morgan outlets BUT then again, they’re all well designed with a modern and cosy feel. Probably worth noting that it is definitely more of a restaurant than a bar but well worth a visit if you’re in the area and is the perfect escape for after work drinks, or perhaps a gathering of friends looking to catch up.
the relaxed vibe as soon as we entered and the skinny cocktails on the menu
Skinny Russian Martini
BBQ chicken flatbread
NB I’d like to thank Romi from Roche for the invitation and also to the staff at The Fable who were absolutely charming as well as more than happy to oblige (even when I ordered off menu!)
52 Holborn Viaduct