Brigadiers

The City, London

This City of London restaurant is inspired by Indian army mess taverns with a focus on beer, whisky, live sport and pool

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Though the variety and quality of restaurants in London’s square mile has improved immeasurably in recent years, Brigadiers has been one of the few to generate a real buzz. Inspired by the army mess bars of India, the restaurant is split into different zones including a dining room, a pool room showing live sport, a taproom and three private dining rooms.

Yet Brigadiers feels far from a typical sports bar, with a design mixing dark woods and art deco that references the gentleman’s clubs of the Raj.

Dishes here typically pair well with a pint, with bar snacks including masala chicken skins; and goat tikka bun kebabs. The wider menu focuses on different methods of Indian barbecue with options such as a mixed grill sizzler to share: a still-smoking pile of kebabs, chops and tandoori masala prawns for £60. Pricing is flexible, so there’s the chance to blow out on a suckling pig feast or opt for a cheaper set lunch of three courses for £25 Monday to Friday.

There’s a big focus on drinks here, and The Pool Room is home to a whisky vending machine where visitors can sample rare, vintage and limited-edition scotch. There are also cocktails on tap and beer fans can enjoy the ever-changing list in the standing-only Tap Room, served in two-third or half-pint glasses, or four-pint ‘growlers’ for larger groups.

Don’t be put off by Brigadier’s location in London’s financial hub, this fun and multi-faceted restaurant is well worth a trip to the square mile.

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, The City, London, EC4N 8AR

020 3319 8140

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