Pre-theatre menus are great value, from rapid dishes to three-course feats, Cortlyn Stovall picks out six of the best North London restaurants offering a fabulous pre-theatre experience
1 Bonnie Gull Seafood café
Bonnie Gull is offering an accessible, affordable, simple, fresh and responsibly sourced approach to seafood in London. The new pre-theatre menu is available from 5.30pm-7pm and offers diners two courses for £14. Dishes include a choice of beer battered North Sea haddock, chunky chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce; freshly picked Dorset crab roll, skinny fries; Cockney Po’ Boy and skinny fries; and their infamous Mr Whippy ice cream, flake, dried raspberries, popping candy.
55-57 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QL; 020 3122 0047; bonniegullseafoodcafe.com
2 Almeida Restaurant
Just opposite the Almeida Theatre, North London’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant is perfect for pre-theatre dining. A semi-open kitchen allows for a sneak peek of food preparation from the dining room brilliantly illuminated with floor-to-ceiling French doors. Dine al fresco before the show on Almeida Street while escaping the hustle and bustle of Angel. Whether enjoying a drink, light snack or pre-theatre menu, the Almeida terrace is a hidden gem to be discovered.
30 Almeida Street N1 1AD; 020 7354 4777; almeida-restaurant.co.uk
3 Fig and Olive
Conveniently located in the heart of Upper Street, Fig and Olive is set in a long contemporary room that has been beautifully decorated in a modern style. The Mediterranean influence on modern European dishes is healthy with a wealth of flavours, featuring a unique assortment of herbs and spices. Prepared from the freshest ingredients, the salads and cakes are a perfect pre-theatre tasting.
151 Upper Street N1 1RA; 020 7354 2605; figolive.co.uk
4 Little Bay Farringdon
The European and French inspired Little Bay Farringdon is just a short distance from the heart of London’s theatre district, and just a 10-minute walk from the famous Sadler’s Wells. Perfect if you’re heading to a theatre show, they are able to serve a three-course meal in just over an hour to allow plenty of time to spare. For the summer they are currently featuring three-course meals from £9.75.
171 Farringdon Road EC1R 3AL; 020 7278 1234; littlebayfarringdon.co.uk
5 The Lion and Unicorn
Nothing says pre-theatre dining like enjoying a meal directly downstairs from a theatre. Located conveniently below the GiantOliverTheatre, The Lion and Unicorn is the perfect location for dinner and a show. Al fresco British dining, fine ale and an extensive wine list in the wood panelled garden are just a flight of stairs away from nightly productions at the theatre above.
42-44 Gaisford Street NW5 2ED; 020 7267 2304; lionandunicorntheatre.com
Located opposite the Almeida Theatre, Ottolenghi is a favourite theatre dining spot and the largest in the popular chain. With mostly communal tables, the restaurant provides a cool and sophisticated, yet laid-back atmosphere. The pre-theatre menu is light and fresh and offers a range of signature dishes at a fixed price. The menu is designed for early dining and is offered Monday through to Friday from 5.30pm-7pm.
287 Upper Street N1 2TZ; 020 7288 1454; ottolenghi.co.uk
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