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Mall Tavern, London (Nottinghill Gate)

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Just returned to SF from a few days in London and Oxfordshire, I was able to get to this relatively new gastropub, which was quite pleasing either for a dinner or just a light bite. The food is very well prepared British, with an excellent beer and wine selection and interesting new and classic cocktails on offer as well.

The first evening we were there I had a fabulous jugged hare served with a very green parsley mash and beets. The sauce for the hare was richly flavorful and the mash very tasty. My DH and a friend both had the salmon cakes, which were reportedly good but not outstanding. We also had a lovely light mushroom pate, served with crostini made from their house-made soda bread.

The second time we were in for something light with our drinks, having lunched out at the newish Old Brewery (Meantime's new bar and restaurant in Greenwich -- also very good). We enjoyed several orders of the soda bread, served as a small warm individual loaf, plus some lovely house cured cold smoked salmon. The soda bread was exceptional and tasted as if there were just a bit of molasses in the mix.

Nice to have this place near our friend's flat as an additional fine pub to our usual, The Churchill.

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