Berner's Tavern

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Meeting Sammy and Robert for lunch is always a treat. We’d planned an outing to Wild Game Co. on Charlotte Street on the request of burgers for Sammy and steak for me. Sadly when we got there it was closed for a private party. 

Time for Plan B, which we did not have! 

We meandered the streets aimlessly, popping in restaurants to check menus, and moving on to the next place. Robert suggested we head to Berner’s Tavern, so we crossed our fingers and off we went. Having lost the love and time for the blog recently, I was extremely pleased to have my camera in tow when the Berner’s Tavern turned out to look like this. 

A warm and cosy escape from a cold wintery day. 

Set within The London Edition Hotel, Jason Atherton has produced another fantastic restaurant in a rather fancy setting! 

We luckily managed to bag ourselves a table before the lunch time rush and happily pondered the menu. 

Berner's Tavern offers simple traditional fare, with everything we were craving….burger for Sammy, steak for me and wine for Robert!

Don’t be surprised if your dinner guests look like this....

...with a ceiling like this. 

The staff are the cream of the crop. They were charming, attentive and extremely friendly. No snooty waiters to be found here. Drinks were ordered and as I’m occasionally doing dry January, I stuck to the mocktails. 

Appley Ever After: Apple juice, seasonal syrup, lemon juice, mint and bitter lemon. 

The 2 lushes got stuck into the wine.

So on to the food. 

Potato and parsley soup, with black pudding and slow cooked Clarence court egg. There’s a whole show that goes with this soup. A bowl arrives with the egg and black pudding inside then the soup is poured over the top. 

Robert was very pleased with his choice. Not expecting the sandwiches to be big he ordered one of those too. 

Lobster and prawn roll with salad and fries. 

Sammy chose the aged Scottish beef burger, with cheese and bacon, caramelised onions, pickles and fries. She reports its the best burger she's ever had. 

Considering she's a bit burger obsessed, this could be considered the greatest moment in Jason Atherton's career. 

I chose the 9oz Bavette from Cumbria’s finest farmers, served with salad and béarnaise sauce. It was cooked to perfection and I would have happily eaten the whole steak without any sides. 

The sign of a good meal is silence around the table, you could just hear a slight “mmmmmmm” coming from us three. 

With only 15 minutes left until we needed to depart our comfy leather booth, we quickly ordered a couple of the desserts which were highly recommended by our waitress. 
She wasn’t wrong.

Spiced red wine figs, yoghurt, oat cake with Pedro Ximenez ice cream.

Dark chocolate tart with white chocolate ice cream and cookie crumble. 

We were well and truly stuffed! 

Make sure you book as there wasn't an empty table in the room when we left at 2pm. 

We had quick explore around the trendy hotel lobby then it was back out to a bright and breezy London Town. 

A beautiful setting and fantastic lunch from start to finish. Thank you Berner's Tavern, we will be back.

Little London Girl x

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