Bleeding Heart Tavern // Farringdon // London

Well known to The City of London’s bankers, tucked away near Farringdon Station is the Bleeding Heart Tavern; a local favourite serving good French food.  Though if you are looking for a more elegant dining experience, there is the Bleeding Heart Bistrot, which spreads-out onto the sunny courtyard in the summer; fantastic for a late afternoon drink.

At the Tavern, the service is very friendly and you’ll usually have no issue in popping-in last minute without a reservation.

With a platter of fine saussisson and pâté and a glass of Bordeaux, you will really enjoy the simplicity that this place has to offer.

If you like your meat raw, then you’ll be able to order one of the best steak tatares in London.  There’s also a good selection of fish, and the keenly priced whole lemon sole meunière with caper berries, parsley and new potatoes makes any visit worthwhile.

Other French classics make it on the menu such as homemade pork and duck rillettes and plum compote, though if you prefer a more Provençal touch, then opt for the perfectly dressed seared Yellow Fin Tuna on a salade Niçoise with green beans and vine tomatoes.

Don’t expect an exquisite fine dining experience with revolutionary flavour combinations and elaborately decorated plates.  Rather, think of the Bleeding Heart as the East End version of the West End’s Terroirs.  Nice food, well priced – something a bit better than your local gastropub.  The very fact that some regulars eat there twice a week speaks volumes.  The cooking is, as it should be.

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