Betjeman Arms, St Pancras: Swordfish with capers

Swordfish with capers

It was on one of those rare occasions when you bump into a friend at the British Library. This is how I found myself being lead to dinner by Carol at the Betjeman Arms at St Pancras (not that I needed much persuading) next to the Renaissance Hotel. She had just had a long leisurely lunch there and insisted that I had to be introduced to the pub.

It was a nice spot, very conducive for a natter between friends, the waitress was attentive (she remembered Carol from lunch) and I ordered a Swordfish with capers dressing, Carol had a Chicken Liver Parfait, peach and mango chutney and sour dough toast.  We were both pleasantly surprised at the speed the food arrived.

But I was disappointed by my swordfish – it was a tad overcooked, bland although the capers dressing lifted it up. Had it been sitting, waiting in the kitchen hence the speed of its arrival at our table? We couldn’t fault Carol’s liver parfait with toast though, it was lovely.

chicken liver parfait

Instead of having dessert, we thought of sharing some spicy chicken wings from the bar menu but after a few bites, we decided against it. Carol told the waitress we didn’t think much of it – left to me, I would not have said anything except moan here. The waitress took the dish away and later said we would not be charged for it.

Carol is convinced the lunch menu was better with its specials.

The Betjeman Arms, Unit 53, London N1C 4QL

Telephone 020 7923 5440

Level access entry, tables available outside.

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