Food and drink
Steaks are why anyone comes here, but they also serve up a decent selection of duck, fish and even veggie dishes, as well as salads for anyone that wants to be the annoying person who goes to a steakhouse and orders rabbit food. Steaks come from a farm in Staffordshire and are then hung by a local butcher for 28 days. Downstairs the bar serves up a good range of spirits and decent cocktails.
Blue swimmer crab cakes are a good way to prep your stomach for the monster steaks, which range from an 8oz prime entrecote right the way up to a 20oz long bone cowboy rib steak. My favourite is the 10oz rib eye super marbling steak – it melts like butter in your mouth. Sides are extra, so go for the yummy truffle parmesan fries.
This used to be a fairly rough old pub, but now dimpled lightshades downstairs and cool low-lit dining rooms upstairs give the restaurant a sexy, New York feel. Whenever I’ve been with friends we’ve been the only ones not on a date and it definitely has that feel of a place you’d bring someone to impress them and flash some cash - it is quite pricey.
I think there must be some kind of hotness test for the waitresses as they all seem to be tall pretty blondes, but they are all very helpful and friendly – it’s not snooty.
At the very top of Walcot Street, as you’re practically leaving the city centre. It’s worth the ten minute walk from the Podium. You can get a bus if you’re really lazy; the No13 to Bathford stops right outside.
Starters cost from £6.95, steaks cost between £17.95- £26.95 and sides are £3.25.
Tables to book
Ask for a table away from the roaring grill upstairs if you feel the heat easily – the tables in the bar are cooler (in all senses), but can get cramped on a Friday or Saturday night, so request one upstairs if you need elbow room to eat your steak.
- People watching
- Special occasions