Blue Boar Bar London – Review
Set within the prestigious Conrad London St James hotel, the Blue Boar Bar is a sophisticated take on the traditional British pub. The venue is deceivingly spacious combining the informality of a pub atmosphere with the upmarket setting of a 5 star hotel. On offer is contemporary British dining, celebrating the very best of what each British season brings with regionally sourced ingredients.
Vegetarian & Halal Food
The meat is not halal, but the seafood here is in abundance and somewhat of a speciality – caught from the Devon and Cornwall coastline – and there are a selection of vegetarian mains and sandwiches on the bar menu to choose from.
Seafood is very much the order of the day. My starter of choice has to be Morecombe Bay potted shrimps served with rye toast. It is very rich in flavour and the good kind of moorish. Unless the soup of the day accommodates them, vegetarians may struggle with choice of starters, in which case the salads are a good alternative and equally filling.
Vegetarian options for the mains are a choice between two magnificient dishes. An aubergine, cherry tomato and mozzarella bake or a root vegetable crumble – both equally indulgent and served in generous portions. Not the healthiest items on the menu but then again the best rarely are.
For meat eaters, I would find it difficult to decide between the roast cod and a classic fillet steak. Perhaps for the sake of being different and to show appreciation for the Blue Boar’s specialism in seafood, the roast cod would be my recommendation. This is restaurant quality cod combined with cockles, colcannon and bacon all of which is very well presented; both creative and delicious.
If you can make it to a third course, you are truly spoilt for choice with some English classics. It’s hard to choose between them but you can never go wrong with the knickerbocker glory or the bread and butter pudding served with your choice custard, ice cream or pouring cream.
There is something of a masterclass at work behind the bar at the Blue Boar. Cocktails and mocktails are the name of the game. Give the Cucumber Cooler a try for a non-alcoholic alternative and for those with appreciation for a little whiskey, ask the bar staff for a Black River Martini. You’ll find the house favourites accommodate for most tastes but if not, try an aged cocktail for the connoisseurs amongst you.
The wine list is equally impressive and if you do opt for a steak as your main, I recommend accompanying it with the Argentinian Malbec, Bodegas Salentein.
Around £40 per person for a 3-course meal, tea or coffee and a cocktail/mocktail.
Lunch at the Local: Soup, sandwich, crisps & a drink for £10 (from 5th Jan)
Express Lunch Menu: 2 courses at The Blue Boar from £22.50 (from 2nd Jan)
For reservations and more information please visit: www.blueboarlondon.com