The Montcalm Royal London House has just opened on Finsbury Square. There are no shortage of established hotels in the area and with a sister property, M by Montcalm, just up the road by the Old Street roundabout, this is a firm assault on grabbing a big portion of cities destination travellers.
ETM group are their food and drink partner with a cocktail bar and restaurant on the ground floor. There is even a rumoured rooftop bar, which was not open when we visited to review. ETM group is a well-known player on the circuit with classy pubs and bars dotted around the place. In fact, just around the corner is The Botanist behind Liverpool Street Station, a busy bar and restaurant serving a thirsty and sociable city crowd.
So Burdock has made its home in this £15 million upgraded listed building. It fits in well bringing a contemporary feel to the environment. It’s a very well laid spot with the bar on the right and the restaurant on left. The restaurant is quite informal with a menu of sharing dishes leaning towards the Med.
We had a selection of dishes that included an interesting Venison meatball dish with blue cheese and pickled garlic. The Yellow fin tuna tartare was fresh and tasty with the spiced crab with apple and cucumber was delicate on the tongue. The hearty portion of charred bavette was served medium rare the way I like it. To tick the carb box we had potato with grilled octopus and paprika. The icing on the cake for me was the curious mix of lobster on a bed of succulent pork belly – delish. The food was excellent, especially as it was the first week of opening, so a key period of adjustment.
The service was quick and friendly with all hands on deck getting used to the flow of being open. Good cocktail selection and in particular, I loved the glassware.
Definitely the kind of place you can take a cheeky city break in and then opt to drink and eat without leaving this lavish hotel.