The Wigmore Oxford Circus

Ooft. This place, man. Gorgeous room. Gorgeous food. It’s calling itself a ‘modern tavern’ but honestly this is just an excellent restaurant with a bar in the middle. It’s also maybe an unofficial gentlemen’s club. As a woman, it’s always a bit weird going somewhere with your eight month old when almost every other diner is a dude. It sort of makes me more adamant to eat there, the more the dudes in expensive navy suits stare at me.

The Wigmore is a high ceilinged, impressively green room with a lot of Art Deco lighting. A pleasant low hum, warm, gracious and effervescent service BUT THE FOOD. I really wasn’t prepared. The reviews had all been complimentary but it is, I think, better than the reviews it has received thus far.

Now I’m obviously a dilettante because I only had a vague idea of who Michel Roux Jnr. was. It turns out he is quite famous and already has a few Michelin Stars at his other gaff, La Gavroche and also he’s been on the telly a bit. So imagine Michelin started pub, sorry ‘modern tavern’ food. The last time I had gammon was at boarding school in 1996, which as you imagine wasn’t thrilling. (I’m from Australia and it is less weird to go to boarding school there) Imagine Michelin starred gammon, egg and crisps though. Phwoar.

What’s good? Every single starter. We had the devils on horseback, the buttered crumpets with cock crab and *those* scotch eggs. All phenomenal. We’ll be back for the XXL stovetop cheese toastie. The Gamon and egg and crisps was so delicious too. The crisps, a perfect balance of crunchy and greasy, the gammon accompanied by sriracha mayo.

Kid friendly? Unexpectedly. I had sort of prepared to be turned away as we’d not booked and there were no low tables available when we arrived. We sat at a high table and towered about Max in his buggy but it worked. Some suits looked a bit perturbed at our presence but it was otherwise a triumph of a baby lunch.

✓baby change facilities

✓highchairs available

✓cool with breastfeeding

✗loads of other parents

✓space for buggies

✗children’s menu – technically no but you could make it work.

✗toys/play area

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