Mr Flavour has been spending a lot of time on the internet recently. He sits there quietly, phone in hand, with his mouth agape, drooling as he ogles pictures of tasty little beauties. I’m talking of course about Calum Franklin’s magnificent pies, which grace the pages of Instagram like the pastry equivalent of really, really, ridiculously good-looking models. Mere mortals like us can meet (and eat) these suet stunners at Holborn Dining Room. We packed our appetites and strutted down to High Holborn to sample the best of British.
Before heading in, we paused to marvel at their Pie Room, where pastry Wizard Calum conjures up his magnificent creations. Having seen where the magic happens, we couldn’t wait to try a pie of our own. As is turned out, the rest of the menu was pretty tempting too. A pleasing balance of Brasserie favourites, showcasing fantastic British meats, game and seafood. Paired with a velvety Pouilly Fuisse, our taste-buds will testify that Britain and Europe make an awesome team.
The starters were fabulous: We shared Cornish Crab toast with avocado and Bloody Mary jelly, along with juicy griddled Prawns slathered in lemon and garlic butter. The freshness of the seafood was clear and both dishes were simple yet executed with panache. We couldn’t resist the lure of the Monkshill Farm Scotch Egg, winner of the Scotch Egg challenge. My challenge was getting a taste before Mr Flavour gobbled it up. It was spicy, hot, crispy and very satisfying indeed.
Now about that pie! Spoilt for choice and lusting after so many dishes, we decided on the Chicken, girolle and tarragon pie. This heavenly creation arrived at our table with all the grace, beauty and magnificence you’d imagine the child of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen would exude, were it born a pie. Packed with a perfectly seasoned filling and clad in a crisp and flaky golden jacket, this is what other pies can only dream of being. You simply must try one. A majestic side of truffle and parmesan fries put the crown on an already perfect course. The Stone Bass fillet was also delicious, as was the indulgent Paris-Brest with salted caramel and praline, but if you go to Holborn Dining Room without ordering a pie, I don’t think we can be friends. Go on, treat yo’self!
Holborn Dining Room
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN