Guest blogger Jessica Burton spends a magical evening at Drake & Morgan’s enchanting bar and restaurant…
There was much excitement in the Fed Up & Drunk office when we received an invitation to enjoy a feast at The Fable, Drake & Morgan’s famous fairytale-inspired bar and restaurant in London. The invitation promised an enchanting evening and the chance to try out the all-new Autumn/Winter menu, and we certainly couldn’t turn down an offer like that, so sent journalist Jessica Burton along.
Having been greeted by Will Breteau, whose business card simply reads ‘social butterfly’, we were shown around The Fable. As you’d expect from the name of the venue, the kooky decor has a fantasy theme with a nod to the modern fairytale, and it oozes cool – it’s so easy to go over the top and enter into the realm of tacky theme bars, but Drake & Morgan treads the line perfectly, resulting in a fun, unique bar and restaurant.
Books feature prominently in the decor; the staircase’s walls are papered with pages, and we fell in love with the lovely snug made out of books. The sinks in the bathrooms are covered with designs, and the taps are like waterfalls. Industrial beams teamed with lots of plants and ferns complete the edgy look, which is all brought together by charming little touches, such as the quotations written on the mirrors and windows – the team behind The Fable have truly considered every detail.
Split over three floors, The Fable’s lower two floors house the restaurant, while the bar is right at the top. Despite it being a Tuesday evening, it was packed. The atmosphere was great, perfect for the post-work crowd. This is a fantastic place to meet a group of friends or unwind with colleagues.
Now, onto the drinks. The drinks menu is really varied and so, so tempting. This explains our headaches on Wednesday morning, because after a certain point we threw caution to the wind and just went for it. The bartender was really knowledgeable (though not the best juggler) and steered us towards the cocktail menu, which even included skinny options for the calorie-conscious.
We tried the London’s Burning, a potent, wintery cocktail with a smoky, cinnamon flavour, then the Tales of the Unexpected – beer, wine and gin with elderflower, served in a syrup tin. We weren’t too sure about the inclusion of the beer at first, but the flavour and presentation were lovely! The All That Glitters cocktail was served in a cast iron teapot, and featured a mix of apple, ginger and vanilla flavours with vodka – a pleasingly fruity and strong blend. The final cocktail we tried was the Skinny Lovely Bubbly. This is of one the low-calorie options, and is just like a Mojito but is made with Prosecco – heaven!
After a few too many drinks, it was high time we soaked it all up with some fabulous food, so without further ado, we sat down to tuck in. We started with the meatballs, served in a thick, savoury sauce with goat’s cheese, onion and chives, and some mussels in a delicious spicy sauce. The presentation of both dishes was wonderful, although a little more bread to soak up the scrumptious sauces wouldn’t have gone amiss.
For the main course, we couldn’t resist the lamb shank with butternut squash purée, rosemary and sides of cauliflower cheese and sprouts with chestnuts and bacon. It was a divine dish – the lamb was beautifully tender, the portion was generous and the presentation spot-on. We matched the lamb with a light merlot, which perfectly complemented the rich, hearty flavour of the lamb. We concluded with baked Alaska with cherries and The Fable’s take on the mighty Wagon Wheel. This was a great concept – a thin chocolate layer on top of a lovely raspberry sorbet, a thick layer of marshmallow and a shortbread biscuit. Whilst the flavours were great, we felt that it was a little much after devouring the previous courses, so we’d love to try a more delicate version.
We had a great time at The Fable; we’d been promised an enchanting evening, and that’s certainly what we got. The decor, service and menus all work together to result in a really special experience. It’s especially suited to an evening with a group, so it’s no surprise that it has become a popular spot for wedding receptions – what a unique venue for a special occasion.