Friday, 4 April 2014

The Fable Restaurant Holborn

When I heard that in a land far far away, Drake and Morgan had created a brand new restaurant in fairy tales and fables of Aesop well I just had to visit.

Walking to the restaurant is a bit like entering a secret world. Trundling across Holborn viaduct (a road bridge in London) which I have to say has been beautiful restored in vibrant red, gold and silver, I spot The Fable restaurant over the head of a fire breathing dragon. 

                        The Fable Restaurant

From the exterior you could easily mistake Fable for a corporate office block but looks can be very deceiving. Down a windy staircase from the bridge you begin to see glimpses of the wonderful thought that has gone into designing this restaurant. 
When inside the interior doesn't disappoint either set across three floors this restaurant is vast. 

The Fable Bar

The beautiful fairy tale bar and seating Fable really impresses on design.

         The fable restaurant

The Fable Restaurant
Some novel arrangements around the restaurant. Sorry for the bad pun but I couldn't resist. 
The Fable Restaurant

We are seated at a big long table on elevated chairs. The drink menu is vast with an almighty selection to choose from. Pages of cocktails (mojito, daiquiri martinis and fairtale cocktails) wine and spirits. 


The sharing cocktails look amazing and very theatrical: 

Rub a dub shrub - hook a duck at bath time, with snow queen vodka, fresh watermelon juice, homemade strawberry vinegar, strawberries and bubbling bath time suds. 

Goldfish in a bag - served in a goldfish bag. Take home a tipsy fish. With gin, vodka,rhubarb, pink grapefruit, 'fish', tonic and edible Lilly pads.  

So whilst we peruse over the menu we opt for Zombie Land cocktails. Two is enough, three is too many ... four and you will be walking like the undead. Either that or you will be under the table. 

It is served from a bath ... and it is mighty potent. 



The menu at The Fable is vast and has lots of varied food options to suit every taste, burgers, fresh seafood, seasonal salads and steak. 

But Sundays mean only one thing to me. A good lie in and a lovely Sunday roast.  
Sunday roast

Sadly this is where the positives finish. I always thought no one could ruin a Sunday roast; well I was wrong. The beef was cooked well, but the vegetables definitely were not al dente, with more chance you would need a dentist. It's a shame that the Yorkshire puddings were also swimming in fat. 

Service whilst friendly, was unbelievably slow and left you constantly hunting for a member of staff which after a while became really frustrating and ruined the dining experience. 

The Fable has only just opened so I am sure the above small issues can be resolved quickly. It is so annoying when a restaurant has so much going for it that it could be an excellent place to eat and drink but at the moment it is definitely style over substance. 

Hopefully Fable will recruit more staff to serve the many dinners. The menu is vast and less is more sometimes. I would definitely prefer a few less dishes cooked well than lots potentially cooked badly. 

Give this place a few months and if you are looking for a restaurant near Holborn I would certainly give it another try even if it is just to bathe in a cocktail. 

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  1. Oh no!! I've heard such positive things about this place and I love the literary decor! What a shame it disappointed you!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    1. The literary decor is lovely, the restaurant is beautifully designed. I am sure these are just teething problems as it has just opened given it a couple of months I am sure it will improve Lucy x

  2. Ahh, it's a pity about the veggies and yorkshires! The place looks stunning and I loved your novel joke ;)

    Corinne x

    1. Thanks Corrine for stopping by I hope you have a lovely weekend Lucy x

  3. amazing place, thanks for sharing the pics!
    Keep it up!
    Folloe (if u like):

  4. Looks wonderful! I was due to go with a friend in a few weeks time but had t cancel but I'm definitely going to make an effort to go another time now I've seen this x

    1. Hannah not sure I would eat there at least not for a few months until the opening wobbles have sorted out. Cocktails however are a must Lucy x

  5. It's such a shame the food was a disappointment because the decor and drinks look amazing. I'm pescatarian and a big foodie so I always struggle to find a good veggie Sunday lunch. X

    1. It is always a shame when the interior is beautiful and the food lets it down. Look forward to reading your foodie favourites. If I find a good veggie sunday lunch I will let you know Lucy x

  6. Beautiful photos, Shame the food wasn't up to scratch!

  7. Wow! It is not want you would expect from the outside at all. Ironically it look so inviting inside! Great theme running through the restaurant and menus etc - 'goldfish in a bag'? :-) Sorry to hear there were a few negatives but hopefully they will address their problems before you go next time. Thanks for sharing :-)

    x Roch & Tash x

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