The Fable Bar – the newest addition to the Drake & Morgan family!


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!

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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

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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