Canary Wharf is a trek if you do not work in the area or live nearby. Luckily our delightful senior writer, Valentina, works in the area – so we had us a night out recently.
The Parlour Bar, part of Drake & Morgan and sister to the Fable where we enjoyed some great bar bites recently, is one of a few haunts in Canary Wharf for the financial workers in the area.
As a “welcome to the area” we chose The Parlour Bar for dinner to be followed by drinks at one of the numerous bar options. Parlour is lovely, because it’s familiar. If you have been to any of the other venues within the group and enjoyed it, you feel at home. The food and drink menu is the same and the style of service is the same – fab.
The Parlour Bar is set on the ground floor of an office block on Canada Square, is mainly a bar and is both popular and busy. You would think that would be imposing on your dining experience, but it isn’t. The nifty design, puts you in a corner away from the main bar, but still in view of the activity.
We settled in for some starters of Portobello mushrooms with taleggio cheese (Valentina’s favourite) and salt & pepper squid with lemon mayonnaise for me. Good size portions with space for the mains. My option was farmhouse chicken with wild mushroom, spinach and tarragon jus. Valentina had been craving wagyu for ages, so was chuffed to see wagyu burger on the menu with a healthy helping of blue cheese! I think you can guess from this that Valentina was a happy camper with her meal; we both were. The food was good, cooked well, tasted fresh and arrived quickly with enthusiastic service. Booze is where most of the money is made for venues like this, so when it forms the majority of your business, the food side can sometimes be neglected. Not the case with The Parlour Bar.
I really don’t want to sound like a Drake & Morgan stalker, but I have visited three of their venues now and have not been disappointed yet. Credit where credit is due, this group packs a food and drink punch. Visit, test, and let me know what you think.
The Parlour Bar
The Park Pavilion
40 Canada Square Park
London E14 5FW
T. 0845 468 0100