If you're looking for somewhere stylish to meet your friends for post work drinks or a pre-theatre nibble, than Pennethorne's Cafe Bar at Somerset House is just the place. Here, chic black walls, large Palladium windows, tasteful gold light fixtures and modern, hanging light bulbs, all blend together harmoniously to create a warm and refined atmosphere.
The night I visited, the bar was frequented by young, fashionable types in their late 20s-early 30s, however, this could have had something to do with London Fashion Week events that were still lingering.
With a new pre-theatre dining menu, and an enviable location in the heart of the theatre district, Pennethorne's Cafe Bar is perfectly situated for pre-theatre dining.
For £25.50, two diners can enjoy a mouth-watering assortment of tasty bites with the sumptuous sharing board which includes: Mushrooms on Toast, Beefeater Salmon on Toast, Parma Ham, Soft Boiled Egg and Watercress on Toast, and a glass of Prosecco.
The Mushrooms on Toast with Parmesan shavings was probably one of the best I've had, with a very rich, almost meaty flavour with a slight hint of sweetness.
The Parma Ham, Soft Boiled Egg and Watercress on Toast, was also a winner, but to be honest, it's a safe combination that's hard to beat. The soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked, which is key for achieving the perfect balance.
The Beefeater Salmon on a bed of raw cabbage was bursting with flavour, but may be a bit too intense for those who aren't keen on strong, fishy flavours.
Dessert is kept simple with a huge bowl of rich fudge to share. Tasty, but you'd be hard pushed to eat more than two pieces, unless you have a ridiculously sweet tooth!
Overall, the sharing platter provides a good variety of options and is quick and easy for those rushing off to enjoy a show. The service was efficient and the servers were friendly and more than happy to provide wine recommendations and answer any questions you may have about the menu.
For larger groups or special events, you can also hire out the private dining room, which is perfect for more intimate events in a simple, yet gorgeous room.
For low-key nights when I'm looking for somewhere to enjoy a glass of vino and nibbles, while enjoying catching up with friends, I know where I'll be going.
For more information, visit http://www.pennethornescafe.co.uk.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm
Saturday, 10am to 10pm
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