There has been much love and adoration bestowed on Chef Brad McDonald’s take over of The Lockhart, and we are only going to add to that previous and ongoing praise!
We also bring you our #DontMindIfIdoThursday favourite drink of the month (shared on the blog on the last Thursday of every month) via The Lockhart, as they delivered true liquid delight which we sipped and swooned over last month.
New eateries seem to be sprouting up like wildfire in Marylebone, a previously non-too gastronomically inspiring area but The Lockhart stands out for its simple but charming dining space, its grown up and elegant approach to American southern style cuisine and staff that positively beamed with warmth and flirtatious charm.
Quite a lot about The Lockhart is unexpected. Initially one might be put off by the idea of heavy fried foods dominating the menu due to its roots, however, this really isn’t the case, dishes were delivered with a culinary sophistication, although portions are perhaps on the American size scale; that Cornbread is humongous and certainly more like serving for four people rather than for two, unless you forego starters…. Which would be a shame but missing out on the Cornbread would be a devastating loss too – decisions, decisions. We will leave that choice with you.
The dining’s space is light, airy and pleasant, the faint buzz of the kitchen pass radiates throughout as the staff waft through the restaurant. If we had any recommendations it would be to take a later sitting/ booking, as this is most definitely a mini break of gastro-escapism and it should not be rushed. Big servings and petite people, make for slow grazing.
The stand out from the night believe it or not was actually the drink we had to commence the evening’s consumptions. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is one of The Lockhart’s signature cocktails. The drink offers a surprisingly light and flavoursome palate livener. Being aware of the name yet still not expecting the level of delicate smokiness to be so fragrantly intoxicating, (apparently the Mezcal is responsible) the first sip achieved a sigh of delight. So much did I love this drink, the multi-appeal of it and the fact it’s incredibly simple to make… It had to star in our last Thursday of every month feature: #DontMindIfIDoThursday
Smoke and Mirrors
35ml Mezcal (they use Vida by Del Maguey)
Dash of Agave Syrup
Shake with Ice
Pour into a Flute Glass ( less the ice)
Top with Prosecco
Simple to create at home and an easy guests impresser!
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The Lockhart/ 22-24 Seymour Place/ W1H 7NL/ 0203 011 5400
Around £70pp. for 3 course and drinks.
Happy Entertaining – in or out!
Lauren Wyllie x
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