Restaurant Review: The Lady Ottoline

Top-notch service and hearty food make this classic gastropub in Holborn a great date choice

Everything at The Lady Ottoline, a gastropub in Holborn, has a timeless-classic quality to it, from the food to the decor and even the service. If you’re after something casual, you might want to stay downstairs in the pub, but for a more civilised meal head upstairs to the dining rooms, where your date will take place in a more secluded, homely environment.

The food is delicious. We were offered bread and olives while we looked through the menu, and we then started the meal with the rich ham hock, and light crab on sourdough toast. For the main event we tucked into the chicken, leek and mushroom pie, and ox cheek with a side of the most satisfying hand-cut chips I’ve ever tried; I only wish I’d had enough room left to eat more of them! Finally we moved on to the real main event, the sticky toffee pudding – stodgy, cakey, toffee-laden goodness with a side of creamy vanilla ice cream. For all courses, the portions were incredibly generous.

I can imagine on a chilly day this would be a perfect place to escape the cold. The venue reminded me of a Victorian house, with its majestic candles, its collection of art across the walls, its high ceilings and fireplaces. Headed up by chef Greg Martin, The Lady Ottoline is all about elegant yet hearty English food and classic interior design. If you’re around Holborn on a Sunday, visit for a classically indulgent roast dinner – choose from pork belly, chicken or beef.

So the food was indulgent and the surroundings were sophisticated, but neither compared to how wonderful our waiter was. The hosting here is second to none; so friendly and welcoming. They’ll make your date run smoothly, giving you one less thing to worry about.

As it’s a pub, this place has plenty to offer for those who need a little Dutch courage on their date. If you’re a gin drinker, you must visit; The Lady Ottoline has a comprehensive gin list.

I heartily approve the Lady Ottoline for first dates, fifth dates, twentieth dates and everything in between. Enjoy!

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