loti eats | the lady ottoline
Hidden away just off Gray’s Inn Road, you’ll find the Lady Ottoline pub. Having reopened its doors after a refurb in Feb 2018, this drinking den is a hit with the locals and has all the charm a good old London pub needs. With seasonal produce making up a menu that offers simple and rustic British cooking, there’s pub classics like beer battered haddock and braised ox cheek as well as a few more tempting numbers that are a little fancier than your standard pub grub affair.
The scallop with apple and black pudding and is a combination that never fails, the crunchy texture of the apple with the spicey notes of the black pudding along with the warm scallops is the stuff of dreams. The ham hock terrine with piccalilli and sourdough was meaty and sweat.
For mains we had a pork belly chop served with Jersey royals and asparagus that was rich in flavour, soft and juicy – a real hearty, satisfying dish. Pan seared sea bream with romesco sauce and charred baby gem has summer written all over it; fresh, light, easy on the waistline without compromising flavours. To finish, it had to be the chocolate nemesis, burnt orange and vanilla ice cream that is both sweet and dreamy in equal measures.
We like Lady Ottoline as it does actually feel like a bit of a hidden gem: with great food and drink it’s what a modern London pub is all about.
11A Northington St, London WC1N 2JF