You may think of South Bank's The Charming Squire as a spot for brew, and maybe even some live tunes and a few bar bites, but it also happens to be the spot for a bit of fine dining at in-house restaurant Embers. Ideal for a pre-show dinner or just a fiery night out, the stand-alone venue is all about wood roasted, smoked and grilled dishes, thanks to a custom-made wood-fired grill and rôtisserie.
Signature dishes include the likes of grain fed rib fillet slow-roasted in beef fat for 24 hours and finished over ironbark charcoal, served up with bearnaise sauce, carrots and jus; pickled baby beetroots with creamy labneh, mandarin and a vinaigrette; Tamborine Cheese stracciatella with orange, toasted pistachios and rocket; and to finish, a fluffy passionfruit souffle with mango sorbet and crème anglaise. All this, plus a lengthy drinks list which features, of course, all the James Squire brews plus plenty of wine, spirits and cocktails, make it one of South Bank's best new restuarants.
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