Just off the impressive Manchester Square, The Devonshire Arms is a lovely looking pub in a nice part of town. Authentic wood panelling, well kept beers, fresh flowers, and okay service separate this from the usual. It naturally attracts the afterwork crowd but not uncomfortably so, especially as the pub is larger than it looks from the outside.
Bincho Soho, on bustling Old Compton Street, is ideally situated for anyone visiting or working in the West End. Inspired by the traditional Izakayas of Japan the menu is based around a selection of grilled skewers of meat, fish and vegetables, complemented by an extensive range of cold beers, premium sakes and interesting wines.
The restaurant has 90 covers including a separate bar area and counter dining, where you can watch the chefs at work. It also has a basement whisky bar which has London’s largest selection of Japanese whiskies.
Think, Grilled Lobster smothered in garlic butter, hand cut chips dipped in homemade mayonnaise, a whole roasted local sea bream, or a chicken, leek and morel shortcrust pie. Think, about a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio from a list where all 70 wines are available by the glass, or a Spicy Tomato Juice with a homemade Wasabi spice mix.