8/10 Pollen Street, (off Hanover St, near Oxford Circus), London, W1S 1NQ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)20 7290 7600
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Daily noon-midnight (restaurant noon-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm)
Door: Make reservation
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Food
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Jason Atherton
Images By: diffordsguide.com
The foundation for what has become a critically acclaimed empire, Pollen Street Social is Jason Atherton's first restaurant and its Social Room bar area opened with Gareth Evans behind the stick. Gareth now heads up Jason's global bar program, leaving the talented Greg Almeida to lead the team here.
The venue is divided between the dining room and bar with a sleek modern feel that vaguely echos a classic library - think pine-coloured wood and dark leather. Customers perch at the bar or in the leather couches and armchairs along the wall. It's a relaxed venue with people eating in the bar as well as drinking, served by staff dressed in black. It's worth noting that these bar tables can be booked with the restaurant's full-menu, rather than a pared down bar menu, available.
The back-bar bristles with an eclectic range of spirits and liqueurs which are used to good affect in the creative, well-made and balanced cocktails.