The Curious Tavern bring fresh and tasty oysters to us land lubbing lot, along with some really tasty beverages. We kicked the evening off with a few glorious gin and tonics from an impressive selection. I went for the No. 209 (£4.80) with my guest deciding upon their house recommendation, Brockmans (£4.80). Both came with tasteful garnishes and quenched our thirst accordingly.
When contemplating the food menu, there was lots to choose from, with the ‘Tavern catering for meat-, fish- and veggie-eaters alike. We had the fondue sharer to start (£16), made with Gruyere and IPA. It was gooey, cheesy goodness and came with loads of different dipping items: chicken skewers, fougasse bread, chorizo, and garlic ‘shrooms to name a few. Proper tasty.
Moving on, we had a little sampler of seafood salad (£11). Super fresh flavour combinations of crab, oak smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, dill and lemon.
It’d have been rude to pay a visit without an oyster… or three. We opted for the English, the Frenchy and the Jap (£3.50 each) – ever the continentals. There was a really diverse selection of the slippery suckers, and the English was a true winner. Hendricks and cucumber, plus gin, and we’re sold.
There are several pizzas to choose from, all with GF options. We shared a Fun Guy (£11). Thin, crispy crust with garlic mushroom, mozzarella, stilton crumb and wild mushrooms. The gooey cheese with the crunch from the crumb was a true delight, all washed down with house Prosecco and the New Zealand sauvignon.
After what can only be described as a very indulgent feast, my dining partner and I didn’t think we had room for a dessert. Then we realised that’s what your second sweet stomach is for and ordered a sticky toffee pudding (£6) and the orange marmalade brownie (£5.50). The brownie had nailed the sweetness-to-tang ratio, and the sticky toffee? Boy, was it a treat for the old tastebuds.
We were treated to a five-star dining experience, with wonderful food, an awesome atmosphere and helpful staff. We even got a little sneaky peek at Lost Property at the end of the evening – if you find yourself wandering down an old corridor via a closet door, you may know what I’m on about…
The Curious Tavern, 2A George Street, NG1 3BE. 0115 988 1252
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