Last Updated on August 31, 2021
A newly renovated gastropub in Mayfair
Nestled in the mews near Berkeley Square, The Footman is one of the oldest pubs in London. Originally called The Running Horse back in 1749, it was frequented by footmen who were in service to the households of Mayfair. While the establishment has been around for a while, the interiors have just been newly refurbished with an elegant, contemporary feel.
We sat upstairs in a dimly lit dining area near the window (which we left open) for dinner, eager for comfort food to round up a fairly chilled Saturday. We perused the menu as the fresh summer air hit us, spoilt for choice as to what to order. Did we want to go for the usual suspects or something more unexpected? In the end, we decided to get a mix of both. The upscale gastropub has a selection of bar snacks and aperitifs, but as we were interested in a sumptuous meal, we headed straight for the starters.
We settled on ordering the burrata with balsamic leeks, truffle honey, mustard seeds and herb crumbs. The burrata was no stranger to my palate, but the mix of leeks, honey and mustard seeds provided a sense of novelty. It proved a nice spicey combination to serve in a pub as the burrata felt more savoury than usual.
Both of us do not drink alcohol, so we ordered a non-alcoholic passion fruit and orange fizz almost spritz, which is a nice fizzy step up from your usual selection of fruit juices.
To continue our taste journey of the unexpected, we ordered scallops with fennel kimchi, sweet potato, avocado and coriander puree. Juxtaposed with the burrata, this dish felt like a taste of summer as it was light but rich in flavours that complemented each other. If you are open to trying new dishes, definitely give this a go!
For our main dish, we decided to go for something familiar. The honey glazed gammon with duck egg, confit potatoes topped with pineapple relish and parsley sauce was indeed a comforting choice. While the gammon with duck egg was a familiar taste, the pineapple and parsley really kicked the confit potatoes up a notch. This was accompanied by ratatouille with herb crust for a side dish, mostly to fill my 5 a day quota of fruits and vegetables.
Finally, we ordered a selection of British cheeses for dessert. The Hampshire Tunworth had a nice creamy texture to it and the Montgomery Cheddar was a lot richer and savoury than I expected. The damson chutney was served in neat jelly-like cubes which also doubled as a palate cleanser for me in between cheeses. I usually don’t like blue cheese but the Colston Bassett Stilton had a slight buttery sweetness to it which I enjoyed.
If you’re going for comfort food done well or with a twist, The Footman does a great job of catering to both.
5 Charles Street
Tel: 020 7499 2988