Restaurant Review: 48 Newman Street Tavern

Crab-related mishaps can’t spoil a great date at this friendly Fitzrovia eatery

Amongst the sufficiently oiled overspill from Charlotte Street lies 48 Newman Street Tavern, an aesthetically pleasing dining room which succeeds in deftly balancing that fine line between ornate and welcomingly homely.

Now, if you’re like me and you prefer your food freshly prepared, your wine crisp and your sparkling water presented to you in nothing other than a salmon-shaped vessel, then 48 Newman Street will have you smitten.

To start we opted for the DIY Devon crab, which was exceptional – however, to say that there was a gulf between the quality of the crustacean and my claw-cracking skills would be the grossest of understatements. If anything, though, it served as the perfect ice-breaker!

Mindful of Crabgate, I decided that there was only one safe choice for my main: the Galloway beef steak, accompanied by an intriguing side of spiced cauliflower. It did not disappoint. The beef was tender, subtly seasoned and cooked to perfection.

Meanwhile my dining companion, refusing to entertain such cautionary behaviour, plumped for the Galloway steak tartare. Not wanting to rely solely upon another’s enthusiasm, I gave it a try. What met me was a range of flavours I didn’t think possible with what is essentially raw meat. Bravo, 48 Newman Street Tavern, bravo.

To accompany our red meat, we agreed to commit somewhat of a culinary faux-pas by opting for the Sauvignon blanc. I’m happy to report that our carefree attitude rewarded us with a wine that danced nonchalantly across the apparent rules of sophisticated dining.

As it was safe to say that we were now full, we set upon finishing what remained of the Sauvignon. However, there was something which caught our eye: the sticky toffee pudding with Jersey cream. It was tasty, it was moreish, it was the final flourish of what proved to be an entirely splendid evening.

Would I recommend 48 Newman Street Tavern? Yes, yes I would. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if your dining partner of choice is only half as engaging as the food on offer, you’re surely in for a treat…

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