Sumary of Blue Boar Pub, London SW1: ‘There’s a lot to like’ | Grace Dent on restaurants:
- The Blue Boar markets itself as “a sophisticated and modern take on a classic English pub” that sells Meantime pale ale and albariño by the glass, alongside fish and chips, scotch eggs, posh pork scratchings and so on, all overseen by the incredibly accomplished chef Sally Abé.
- I understand the need for the Blue Boar to set out its stall as an “English pub” to entice foreign tourists and residents of the Conrad St James hotel, to which it is attached, but the truth is there are British theme pubs on cruise ships that offer more of a sense of a slightly shabby UK boozer.The Blue Boar’s coronation chicken scotch egg: ‘Really rather very good.’The Blue Boar, on the other hand, is a slick, pristine space with plush carpets, wine buckets, dozens of padded leather chairs, besuited bartenders and warm, knowledgable staff.
- We began with the bar snacks section, and some really very good coronation chicken scotch eggs – warm, crisply breadcrumbed, runny yolks – that were served with a golden raisin chutney.
- The London particular soup is the starter to go for if you’re hoping to impress your Instagram followers: it is a strikingly vivid green garden pea soup with a poached hen’s egg and herb focaccia.The Blue Boar’s lentil shepherd’s pie: ‘I couldn’t say no, especially because it came with a jug of rich, black garlic gravy.’ Photograph: Karen Robinson/The GuardianFor main, I chose one of the Blue Boar’s many vegetarian and vegan options – they’re very good like that – namely, the lentil shepherd’s pie with a side of purple sprouting broccoli.