We went to the launch of the newest addition to the Drake & Morgan family – The Fable bar and restaurant. The location is wonderful as you approach The Fable, from Chancery Lane direction, you pass over the Holborn Viaduct which has a spectacular view over the city.
The Fable is named after Aesop’s fairytales, and as such there are books and open pages decorating all three floors.
Rob expertly filleted, pin-boned and created beautiful plates of ceviche, with the perfect balance of citrus but not overpowering the flavours of the fish. A delight to eat!
Whilst enjoying the canapes (ceviche, mini fish & chips, jacket new potatoes with sour cream, skin-on potato and sweet potato wedges, hot dogs, scallops with mash on a pastry spoon, and mini cottage pies) accompanied by glasses of prosecco, we enjoyed our beautifully created surroundings. There was a well crafted sofa area surrounded by books. Loved the little touches of clay pots over the bar area, suspended floral shaped metal chandeliers and lightbulbs, and a bathtub with extracts above!
They even thought of a mobile bartender if you were feeling lazy and did not want to brave the crowds at the bar!
Chatted to Rob Mitchell, Drake & Morgan Group’s Executive Head Chef. He has been with the group for 4.5yrs, starting only 7mths after they launched their first location (The Refinery), and has helped them develop their culinary side from strength to strength. He also mentioned that he had worked on the menu for 6 months with his carefully handpicked team; including his head chef (ex-Jamie) and key members (ex-Gaucho). His favourite dish, as it is colder weather at the moment, he stated was the cottage pie.
Also, got a brief chance to chat to friendly Richard Underwood (General Manager) and Steven (his Assistant General Manager, all the way over from USA). Steven, hope you are enjoying and settling into London life (I remember you saying you have only been here for about 2yrs, and are still adjusting to a London lifestyle). Guys, the 1.5 yrs of preparation work to launch this newest location has been well worth the effort. It is fabulous! And also retains its uniqueness (no two Drake & Morgan locations are exactly the same, unlike some other chains we will not mention). Loved the references to literature across the three floors.
Relaxed back at our table with our Caipirina and Porn Star Martini (with Prosecco chaser) cocktails that Bartek (bartender) had expertly made for us whilst enjoying the music from the DJ on the other side of the bar area. As a nice end to the evening, cheesecake cones decorated with strawberry twist and a white chocolate curl were served. A wonderful, novel idea! They were gorgeous also and a perfect completion to the launch party.
Thanks for a fantastic evening The Fable! Enjoyed the vibe, even on a weekday evening it was buzzing.
We will be visiting again very soon, seeing as they have a couple of tempting offers on currently, as we would love to check out their new Toast To The Roast offer launching on 23rd February, 2014 which sounds amazing (the other being the Reef, Beef & Bubbles deal for £15)!
Twitter: @DrakeandMorgan @thefablebar
The Fable bar & restaurant
52 Holborn Viaduct
Tel • 0845 468 0105