Friday nights on the City fringes are looking up. After years of thin pickings, the Barbican has recently acquired not one but two classy gastropubs. This, and the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (opened in 2011) are both part of Ed and Tom Martin’s ten-strong stable. The Jugged Hare was previously called the King’s Head; it’s been handsomely remodelled, with a lovely oak floor, red leather seating and a scattering of stuffed animals. There’s a well-thought out wine list with wine flights, or a swig of own-label Jugged Hare pale ale among the many fine tipples. The open-plan kitchen’s star turns our fine vittles (pork crackling with apple sauce, venison scotch egg) or, if you’re after something more substantial, hearty plates of game (rotisserie-cooked wood pigeon, wild boar and venison sausage).
For info, see The Jugged Hare listing.