Stokehouse pitches itself as a modern day carvery, having not been to many myself, I didn’t really have a benchmark, so here goes my take on this new opening at the Nova building in Victoria which is also home to D&D’s Aster and Adam White’s Rail House Cafe.
Firstly, the corner spot has what looks like three entrances into a spacious, light and high ceiling room with visibility across the entire experience. A central bar, a food bar and stools/tables/booths make up a comfortable and buzzy environment.
Friendly staff work the room and take and deliver your drinks orders, which includes wine from barrel, whilst you grab your numbered card and visit the food bar. The gorgeous selection of meats on display look awesome with beef, lamb and chicken. The process is simple, order your cut of meat and then pile on the sides and sauces. Carrots, salad and roasted new potatoes.
On our visit, I had the cut of beef which was served a gorgeous pink. My guests had a quarter chicken and lamb. The food was tasty, with only the lamb being a little on the small side. The carrots were a good combination of soft and crunchy. A pesto sauce was lush for my steak. All the food was served on boards, a fad which seems to be taking over the dining world, but I guess it worked for carvery style dining with its rustic feel.
On our visit, during the soft opening, the team were still finding their feet with us having to order our wines twice before we actually got it. But for a first run at the operation, the team did ok. I am sure they are a lot slicker these days and I look forward to a return here if I am ever in Victoria, as there are not many dining options that are enticing enough for me in the area.
81 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 0AJ