If I could choose a particular month in which to visit The Wigmore it would without doubt be December. Stepping in from the icy blast on Regent Street (as pictured above) and pushing open the doors to reveal an interior resembling a grand ballroom, filled with cosy lighting carefully positioned on walls and table tops adding intimacy and warmth all at once.
Impressively tall ceilings, beautifully patterned wood flooring and dazzling green glossy paint adorning the walls all added to the splendor of a thoughtfully designed venue. On the website it refers to itself as a “great British pub” but this is a far cry from any pub I’ve ever been to, even those pubs describing themselves as “gastro” cannot compete with the décor of The Wigmore.
The bar was tastefully covered in red berries and ivy, whilst a Christmas tree with only simple fairy lights to decorate it sat in the far corner but visible from the main entrance. Knowing that this establishment was part of The Langham made me understand a little more about why the décor was so impressive, staff so welcoming and food – well let’s see…
To start, we ordered two glasses of Perrier Jouet champagne. Not something I’d ever order in any ‘pub’ I’ve visited before, yet here felt like the perfect setting in all its grandeur. There was an excellent choice of wines, champagne, beers and ales available on the menu.
This was then followed by two portions of “snacks”, the buttered crumpets with steamed cock crab and the masala spiced scotch-egg with dahl relish. I was eager to see how these would arrive and instantly imagined a full size scotch-egg and larger than life crumpets. Yet I was pleasantly surprised as they came in their miniature and delicate versions. Three mini crumpets covered in lots of butter and flaky pieces of sweet and luxurious crab meat.
The two scotch-eggs were really crispy on the outside, with soft boiled quails eggs inside. I don’t usually imagine my scotch-egg coming with a spicy dahl sauce and could definitely have eaten them alone but it was a unique and heaty combination which works well.
For main course I had a very photogenic venison and braised red cabbage pie with pickled beetroot puree served with mashed potato. The classic pie and mash combination which most definitely could be mistaken for ‘pub grub’. However with the daintiness and meticulousness in which this plate is put together, you won’t want to eat another pub grub style pie ever again.
I enjoyed everything about this dish, from the texture of the pastry to the ‘ketchup style’ beetroot puree. My only regret was in my eagerness of eating it all too quickly I felt so full afterward and worried there wouldn’t be space for dessert.
My husband ate the salmon which was beautifully cooked and served on a bed of buttery potatoes. This was accompanied by a spiced shrimp butter sauce.
With a good few minutes to digest the pie, I ordered the sticky toffee pudding for two which came with a side of clotted cream. It certainly looked rich and indulgent. The pudding had a nutty texture and the sponge was steamed to perfection. It was just the right amount to share after a filling meal.
Also worth mentioning on the menu, which by the way is overseen by Michel Roux Jr no less, are the XXL stovetop 3 cheese and mustard toastie which I saw fellow diners enjoying, as well as the Fat Chips coated in Bloody Mary Salt and the Four British cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy. All excellent reasons to return to The Wigmore in the very near future.
Within The Wigmore there are two areas that can be utilised for corporate or personal parties and dinners; The Snug, a gorgeously cosy room full or character. The Snug has seating for upto 25 and a TV, separate music system and essential natural daylight. Then the other private space is The Green Room, a semi private area which can seat upto 40 persons and has its own bar and TV/sound system. Both offer brilliant spaces in which to entertain in an interesting and vibrant environment, especially as the food, drink and décor are all high end but pleasingly do not come with the high end price tag.
Be warned, by visiting this establishment, you will be hard pressed to find another pub that lives up to these high standards.
15 Langham Place,
For reservations call: +44 (0)20 7965 0198
For private and corporate bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that you can book during the day but evenings are open to walk-ins only, so get there early to avoid disappointment.