Dan Splarn digs into pub grub with a gourmet edge at Lady Abercorn’s, the newest addition to Andaz London Liverpool Street
The city of London isn’t necessarily the first place you’d expect to find a cosy and familiar pub. In Lady Abercorn’s, however, the financial district has gained exactly this – a comforting new hangout promising all kinds of roasted meats and locally-brewed beer. Even better, it’s all within a stone’s throw of Liverpool Street station.
Lady Abercorn’s is the newest food and drink venture opened by Andaz London Liverpool Street, the five-star luxury lifestyle hotel. The pub is named after “an iconic, sassy, strong and caring landlady from the neighbourhood” and is split into two sections; a vibrant pub area and a separate dining space complete with exposed brickwork and portraits of Lady A lining the walls.
The pub is no doubt a big hit with office workers on weekday evenings but it was less busy upon our visit on Saturday night, meaning there was still a buzz but less of a crowd to contend with at the bar.
A big draw of Lady Abercorn’s is their signature roasts, served with bottomless Yorkshire puds and a choice of different gravies. The roasts are available at the weekends only but stop by on a weekday and you’ll still find a totally delicious spread of food for your troubles.
Don’t miss the Pork Belly Bites (£7), which offer bitesize nibbles of meat glazed with sticky toffee that are at once both crispy and tender. These go really well with their melt-in-the-mouth Smoked Mac and Cheese Croquettes (£7) and set you up for what is to come in a totally delicious way.
My Lady’s A Burger (£16) was eight ounces of Dedham Vale Beef cooked to perfection, but it was the wonderfully delicate, beautifully presented Braised Beef Feather Blade (£16) that really stole the show.
You’ll definitely need to leave room for pudding, too. The Almond & Chocolate Pallett (£6.50) garnished with apricot foam was a deliciously rich and satisfying way to close out our visit.
The Wild Strawberry Parfait (£6.50) is a fantastic alternative – and also a ‘like’ magnet on Instagram.
What’s more, the service was wonderful throughout and each of the staff knew lots about each item on the menu; an impressive feat given that the pub only opened in January.
The Wordrobe’s verdict
Excellent food that is a cut above your typical pub grub in an easy-going setting, it’s also two-minutes from the station so you won’t miss your last train home.
Make it happen
Where: Andaz Liverpool London Street, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN;
How: 0207 618 7200; firstname.lastname@example.org
Words by Dan Splarn.