As a proud born-and-bred Northerner, I was delighted to receive an invite to try a special new Yorkshire Pudding menu in Marylebone. Living up in Manchester I decided to ask my Brother Paul and his Wife Sophie who live down there to see what they made of the Reform Social & Grill.
Here is Paul’s review.
The humble Yorkshire Pudding is something of a highlight of a Sunday Roast. (Particularly the homecooked variety when I’m back at home at my parents). So how could a West London version compete? And more to the point, does an exclusive Yorkshire Pudding menu make sense?
Marylebone isn’t an area of London that I visit often, so it felt like a real treat, exploring the capital’s streets to find the venue on Mandeville Place (near Baker Street or Bond Street tubes). The venue has launched its Yorkshire Pudding menu, that is running until the end of February. But, before tucking in we decided it was time to indulge in a couple of cocktails.
The cocktail menu is currently being updated – but it shows real flair and imagination. I must admit we sampled a couple of cocktail. One whisky sour, which hit the right blend of bitter and sweet and bringing out the flavours of the ever-drinkable Monkey Shoulder whisky. As a recommendation, make sure you try at least one cocktail from the Negroni collection. Put together with love, care and a deep understanding of what makes a good Negroni, some of these drinks are even aged in sherry casks for a truly exquisite flavour.
The cocktail bar is a spacious and beautiful room; with a brushed steel bar, bottles, and friendly staff. But we couldn’t spend all night in there – so we made our way to the restaurant.
The Yorkshire Pudding menu comes in two parts. The first, a savoury, platter features a salt beef, horseradish and watercress pud; a hot-smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive version; and a final Yorkie filled with Tunworth cheese and truffle. We tucked into the salmon to start as that felt like the best introduction. The crispiness of the pud felt like a nice compliment to the rich salmon flavours. Ironically, the roast beef pud was perhaps our least favourite. Maybe it just reminded us of the full roast dinner you half expect with a Yorkshire pudding? The Tunworth cheese was the highlight, a delicious oozing cheese that was utterly flavoursome.
After ordering red wine from the extensive list, we eagerly awaited the second course. The second, sweet, platter consists of a chocolate and caramel pudding; a sugared pudding filled with clotted cream and jam; and a banana and custard pud. The banana was delicious, we loved it. The clotted cream and jam was a little too sweet for our tastes. But the choc and caramel was a decadent treat and felt like something really special.
The sweet and the savoury platters are available for £8 each, or you can get whole meal of six filled Yorkshires for £16. Cheered by this quirky, tasty comfort food we felt like staying out a little further.
After dinner, we went out into Soho for another cockatil at the super-cool Lights Of Soho member’s bar, and then out for a dance at The Cuckoo Club. A brilliant night (our treat for Valentine’s Day).
Although probably not exactly a balanced meal, the Yorkshire Pudding menu is a real treat. The bar, the staff and the whole team at the Reform Social & Grill were brilliant – we’ll definitely back the next time we’re in Marylebone. For more information, check out the venue’s website.