City Restaurant and Bar – Devonshire Terrace:
When we were invited along to the Drake & Morgan Restaurant and Bar, Devonshire Terrace, I had in mind it would be an easy evening. I’ve been to a few Drake & Morgan venues before (The Anthologist and The Allegory). Both are the kind of venues you want close to the office – perfect for a drink or two and maybe a bite to eat after work. Devonshire Terrace, in the heart of the City and just across the square from Cinnamon Kitchen and Mac & Wild was somewhere I hadn’t tried.
A large venue with a substantial outdoor terrace, it’s the kind of place that is bound to be popular. And, as I had anticipated it’s an easy place to meet friends, relax and just enjoy time out.
Inside, casual dining tables and a large bar. Outside, a pretty terrace, which as night falls comes to life.
The menu is designed to make life easy too. There’s a good selection of burgers, pies, classic British pub food and more. There are seasonal specials. And there are sharing plates and flatbreads if you just want to nibble on a little food.
There’s a comprehensive wine, beer and cocktail list with starting prices for wine just under £20 a bottle. And almost everything is available by the glass. At the end of summer, we ordered a delicious bottle of rose, Source Gabriel 2016 which is a Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah blend from Cotes de Provence in France. Perfect to enjoy sitting out on the terrace, catching up with the gossip.
To start, crab bruschetta brown and white crab meat with lemon was a generous portion of fresh and delicious crab meat piled onto a bruschetta toast.
Prawn lollipops were delicious, with a light crispy batter, but perhaps could have been presented better.
It was nearly National Burger Day and I was keen to try the wagyu burger with blue cheese and tomato chutney. I have to confess, I thought it was delicious but it was so thoroughly cooked that I couldn’t have told you whether it was wagyu or regular beef. Sadly, regulations tend to insist that burgers are ‘well done’ rather than served with any sign of pink meat. Nevertheless it was tasty and tender. We both really enjoyed the truffled Parmesan chips though – I’d happily have feasted on them all night!
My companion faired better with a delicious looking roast lamb rump with mash, samphire cherry tomatoes, shallot and currant salsa which was served nicely pink and which she thoroughly enjoyed.
For dessert, my creme brulee was spot on. I know some people prefer a deeper creme base, but for me, a shallow serving, almost like a crema catalana means you get more of the caramel topping. Here it was nicely crisp, fine and brittle.
My companion thought her chocolate brownie was a little too cake-like, but still managed to eat the entire dish!
Watching the other drinkers and diners it was clear that Devonshire Terrace is rightly popular as a post-work-meeting-place. It’s the kind of relaxed environment where you can drink, eat if you want to and just chill out. It’s reasonably priced – main courses around £10-£12 and steaks for under £20. And, the food is the kind that everyone will enjoy.
I don’t work anywhere close. If I did, I’d be there…on a regular basis.
We dined as guests of Devonshire Terrace.