American-themed bar and restaurant set in an old firestation serving big portions of soul food and burgers, with DJs at weekends.
Ad Lib starts bouncing from 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights; however, it’s still good for some less-energetic soul-soothing sustenance during the day and the early evening. The casual venue is set in a big old fire station with marble walls. There’s a US theme going on – a vintage-looking, stylish bar takes up one side of the room, a big, classic, caged-in clock adorns one wall and red leather sofas front the area by the window. The four burger options – beef, spiced Moroccan lamb, Southern fried chicken or curried potato and chickpea – come with numerous options of toppings, including pulled pork or a cylindrical slice of creamy goat’s cheese, which is nearly as chunky as the thick, tasty burger itself. Starters such as buttermilk fried chicken come hot, crispy and beautifully soft. The smoked chilli mayo with the corn-coated king prawns is gorgeous, and helps to soften the crusty crustaceans. There’s plenty for non burger lovers, like a marvellous mac and cheese with a thick, stringy sauce. Or fajitas, which make an entrance when arriving at the table, sizzling and steaming.
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz and orchestral classics
- Live entertainment: DJs Fri and Sat, Salsa nights, Comedy nights, quiz nights
- Capacity: 135
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £18.65 per bottle