Anticipation was high for the trip to Queen St a sister restaurant of the perennial favourite the Anchor & Hope. With another great turnout, the evening promised much and didn’t disappoint. Debate raged, and crucial topics emerged, Meatography (a new discipline focused on the study of carnivorous locations) and MeatStock (Festival of meat inspired music, boycotted by the unwashed vegans of the World). An ex-president recent to the realm of fatherhood (a true test of ones meat if ever there was one), still managed to be in attendance, and 3 hopefuls were put through their paces.
As for the establishment and its culinary credentials:
Bread arrived on the table, and to our eternal shame was subsequently devoured.
The brawn was excellent and surely would have sated any obligate carnivore.
Next came 21 of the finest bowls of consommé one is likely to encounter (ignoring the fact that someone had made the mistake of shredding a whole vegetable patch into each bowl) it was truly exquisite almost on a par with a well prepared Bovril.
The main event was a fine pigeon pastie (forget the smell) the taste was excellent. We have had a few pies over the years, and as close a call as it was, the suggestion was that this version tipped the scales on Eddie Large’s World record pie from the Guinea grill.
The wine (drunk in volume) was young but tasty and may not have been much improved with age (think Britney Spears), and to finish the cheese – excellent (and bluer than an Abbey Titmuss home movie)
So what did we learn:
• 32 Great Queen St is a good restaurant…. had the pigeon pastie been followed by a juicy rib-eye steak, we could be talking excellent.
• Meat Club is MEAT CLUB, it’s not nice blokes club, veg club or wine club (eating meat is not optional)
• The Presidential feelgood factor is still in place, demand for an immediate repeat gathering was unanimous.
Credit crunch, recession, depression – my arse…..