One of those versatile bars that often seems like a good idea for its perky cocktail list (a modernised one will be introduced very soon, retaining six old favourites and the same proactive attitude to decent ingredients), comfy sofas, and very convenient location. A new menu is in place, which sounds promising but can be inconsistent. Vegetable wontons are a good starter, and both a corn fritter and three-bean burger are hearty but a touch claggy from a heavy hand with the flour. Puddings fare better, but can be confusingly unpredictable: wonderfully light, silky pannacotta comes topped with vibrant passion fruit jelly, but the promised coconut is almost impossible to detect. Similarly the chocolate pot is irresistible, but infused so lightly with mint its existence is debatable.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing that's been in the charts since 1973
- Capacity: 46
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2003
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle