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The Fable

52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

((((* British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Wednesday: 07:00 - 00:00
Thursday & Friday: 07:00 - 01:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00

The restuarant was amazing! The decor was brilliant.
Service was quick and the food was lovely.
A lovely quirky restuarant and brilliant food
Would definitely go back to try some of the other dishes and to sample their amazing range of cocktails - the one served in a goldfish bag intrigued us.

Alison Guyver 12 November 2014
from Cambridge

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Invoking a ‘once upon a time’ fairytale atmosphere, The Fable is a unique bar and restaurant in Holborn. Inspired by Aesop’s Fables, this venture from Drake and Morgan presents a quirky and contemporary bar space, peppered with unusual and interesting trinkets.

A kaleidoscopic menu at The Fable ranges from British classic cottage pie, reworked with pancetta and swede mash, to prawn lollipops and katsu fries. Succulent steaks can be upgraded to surf ‘n’ turf with a half Scottish lobster, while a breakfast and brunch menu offers a variety of options from around the world alongside innovative cocktail recipes, like the breakfast martini.

A 30-page drinks list at The Fable in London provides a spectrum of offerings, from fairy-tale inspired cocktails, like the ‘Prince Charming’ blend of spiced rum, pomegranate & chai-infused syrup, to hearty draught beers. The Fable sparkles with crystals and treasure boxes, while a vintage typewriter sits upon a writing desk from a bygone age.

The fantastical world of The Fable is within 7 minutes’ walk from Farringdon, Chancery Lane and St Paul’s Tube Stations.

The Fable

52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

Contact +44 8454680105

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Customer reviews for The Fable

4.1 ((((* (based on 28 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (22)
  • trendy (20)
  • lunch (16)
  • value (14)
  • business (10)
  • romantic (10)
  • large parties (9)
  • breakfast (4)
  • entertainment (3)
  • views (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • private dining (1)
  • ((((( by from Horsham

    Lovely friendly restaurant, good choice of food and drink and good value. Stylish, quirky interior. Very friendly and helpful staff. Such a good find - we will definitely return!

  • ((((( by from London

    great service good food great atmosphere

  • ((((* by from York

    We dined at the Fable and overall we had an enjoyable time. We were greeted by a superb waitress called Anna G and she made us feel really welcome. Although we were having the set £15.00 menu we ordered starters and wine which may I say the mussels in a bloody mary sauce were divine. The thing that was a let down was that the main course was ready before we had finshed our starters so this was kept on the pass for a least 5 mins, when the main arrived Lobster was dried out and the steak was cold, we did try to get someone's attention but it was getting rather busy and I felt disapointed. Anna came over and asked if we had enjoyed our meal and we expalained the situation and she was really apologetic and agreed that the Fable has timing issues between courses, if this is addressed it would be perfect and I would not hesitate to go back and try something of the main menu.

  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    The restuarant was amazing! The decor was brilliant.
    Service was quick and the food was lovely.
    A lovely quirky restuarant and brilliant food
    Would definitely go back to try some of the other dishes and to sample their amazing range of cocktails - the one served in a goldfish bag intrigued us.

  • ((((* by from London

    Amazing decor and atmosphere, the place is beautiful. The lobster is not. It had no flavour and was pumped full of water. Everything else was perfect!

  • ((((( by from Essex

    Went to The Fable for lunch with friends and had a really enjoyable experience. The food was wonderful and staff very friendly and attentive.

  • ((((( by from Paignton

    What a truly quirky, tasty find. I'd booked on a lobster, steak and bubbly offer but added a large glass of wine and the tiramisu cocktail. The restaurant is bright and imaginative with a wide selection of drinks and meals. I'd certainly return.

  • ((*** by from London Borough of Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom

    The building is fun to visit and the decor is interesting, especially for literary fans. Sadly the food and experience didn't quite live up to the expectations created by the ambiance. The chips where well under-cooked, to the point that I couldn't eat them. However, the steak was cooked exactly how I had asked. We were seated by the bar, and I witnessed guests, who appeared to be friends of the staff, taking straw-fulls of cocktails intended for paying guests. While I understand it is appropriate for the bar staff to try the drinks, I don't think it is appropriate for guests to have drinks that they have paid for diminished by curious (and obviously quite drunk) friends of the staff. We enjoyed the dessert cocktails.

  • ((((* by from London

    Ok, don't be in a rush because the some of the staff aint

  • (((** by from London

    We purchased the 'steak, lobster, and bubbles' for £15 per person for dinner.
    The staff were friendly and helpful - however, we were seated by the door which was a bit chilly. Upon asking to move to a table which was being cleared by staff, she said 'No, as it was reserved too..' As the table was not in use yet, the staff could have easily let us move but we didn't let this bother us.

    I asked a couple of times if the table was ready (before 8pm when it was booked for, so cheeky on my part, but worth asking) The staff said 'No, it will be ready at 8', but when we were seated, it became clear that the table had actually been free all night, while we were stood at the bar with our coats and slightly in the way of people ordering drinks!

    We ordered one steak 'medium well' and the other 'medium rare' - the steaks were mixed up on serving and as it's fairly dark in the restaurant, we only realised after having a bite... I didn't enjoy the mouthful of rare pink steak as I really do not like it!!
    The staff could have made a better effort to ask if everything was ok, and if we needed anything else (such as sauces!) Sooner rather than later would have been useful.

    Other than this, the restaurant has a great setting and really enjoyable atmosphere.
    The food was tasty and good value. A good selection of drinks and the food menu was vast also.
    I would recommend to friends and family, even if just for the atmosphere and bit of tasty food after work, or with friends.

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