Vintage Mania at Somerset House

In the New Wing of Somerset House, Pennethorne’s is a chic all-day dining option near the Theatre District and Covent Garden. Pop in after one of the cool events (performances, expos, outdoor cinema) at the Somerset House or enjoy the summer terrace on sunny days out.

Named after Sir James Pennethorne, the architect who designed the New (West) Wing of Somerset House, the menu is influenced on Sir James’ Grand Tour of Europe in the early 19th century. Every dish is an homage to a European destination on the tour, with an English twist, and the focus is on fresh, quality food. The interior is dark and elegant with navy velvet and leather banquettes, a modern twist on luxury.

For lunch, pop by for a glass of wine and a meat or cheese platter (£12.50- £14.50) or a housemade sandwich. For dinner, the menu is focused on tapas from France, Italy and Spain. Lovely small plates like the divine mushrooms on toast (£6), ham & cheese croquettes (£6), and enormous Italian olives made for a delicious nosh.

What are we drinking? Gorgeous cocktails like the Somerset (vanilla Galliano, passoa, lemon, passionfruit, pineapple, £8) or the Strand (whiskey, cassis, homemade honey syrup, walnut bitters, ginger ale, £11) are great for summer. An interesting wine list, again influenced by the Grand Tour of Europe, is also available, with wine flights for £13.50.

Top tip? Check out the Wine Masterclass to learn a bit about your favorite wines. The next one, 1st of August, sponsored by Bibendum, is about Sauvignon Blanc and alternatives that will take you out of your comfort zone. The best bit? It’s only £8 per person! Email to book your place.

By Rebecca Magniant

Where to find it ?

Pennethorne's Bar

New Wing, Somerset House


WC2R 1LA London

+44 (0)20 3751 0570

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