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Mar 19, 2012 10:39 AM

Any comments on Sweetings, City of London?

Sweetings was briefly featured in a U.S. TV travel show recently. I do not recall it ever being discussed here. Anyone care to offer an opinion?

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  1. i'd never heard of it until i came across it on a list of places which chefs recommend eating at in london:

    Jacob Kenedy (Bocca Di Lupo): “Sweetings. It isn’t du jour but it is the most ‘London’ eating experience you’ll find and one of the most enjoyable.”

    it looks very particular, i'm not sure if I want to visit or not tbh!

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    1. re: abby d

      Fergus Henderson was the London chef recommended Sweetings on the TV show I saw.

      1. re: DavidT

        Looking at the menu I can see why Fergus recommended it.
        It wasn't really on my radar and I'm all for old fashioned English grub and I love St. Johns but have to agree with Abbey D it does look "very particular" and at the prices they're charging Bentleys or J Sheekey might be a better bet for a less (ahem) "London" experience.

    2. Well, I'm not a regular, but I've been going there occasionally for over 25 years, I work about 300 yards away, and I'm a fan.

      It will never be a "destination" restaurant, and swank and style don't really feature, but for a couple of tankards of Black Velvet and some unfussy fish then you need look no further.

      Many City restaurants get reviews complaining of lots of City men in suits, and this is what you'll find in Sweetings, but what should one expect? Some Lincolnshire farmers on a day out? A few Bath tour guides sampling London fish?

      It's not cheap.

      1. Another London seafood place mentioned on this show was Wheeler's in St. James, which is now a Marco Pierre White establishment. Any opinions on it?