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The Fable

52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD +44 8455979186

((((* 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

Lovely food we had the special steak and lobster for £16! Setting was nice and good great!

Jenny Butler 19 February 2015
from London

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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
Reservations +44 8455979186

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Customer reviews for The Fable

4.0 ((((* (based on 48 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • trendy (29)
  • lunch (25)
  • large parties (18)
  • value (18)
  • business (14)
  • romantic (14)
  • entertainment (7)
  • breakfast (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • private dining (4)
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  • ((((( by from London

    Lovely food we had the special steak and lobster for £16! Setting was nice and good great!

  • ((((* by from Swansea

    Excellent value and good service

  • ((*** by from London

    the restaurant is huge, well decorated, and the ideas are great(giving the bill inside of a book etc), but you can clearly see the staffs are not well trained, the food was not hot(warm only when it was served), we would not be surprised as we saw staffs running around with food without knowing which table for, and run back to kitchen with the food,
    we saw waitress breaking a glass in front of us when serving next table, and the waiter knock down client's drink when he was serving the food.
    overall, we would love to go back, because we really liked the restaurant itself, but we know we will not have even basic required level of service, so we hold back, and maybe go ahead to discover somewhere else

  • ((((* by from City of London

    WE had booked for 8:30, (a party of 4) unfortunately was running 45 minutes late due to parking. The staff could not have been nicer. Even with helping to choose from the menu. Which had to be quick because the kitchen closes at 10.The food overall was not bad,me and my friend had the fish pie (could have been a bit bigger) was more like a starter, after seeing mine she then complain because hers was a bit burned. The manageress was professional about it . My other friend had the last chicken pie which he liked. The lamb shank was enormous, my friend who ordered it, then asked for a doggie bag.

    We had hoped to have pudding, couldn't because it had gone 10 by this time.

  • ((((* by from London

    Lovely restaurant, food and service

  • ((((( by from London

    Amazing food

    Amazing servicexx

  • (((** by from London

    The first time I attended the Fable was one of the worst dining experience that I have had. I didn't think I would go back but I am glad I did. The waiter Conor was very attentive and served me and my colleagues well. The atmosphere was good. I did ask for my steak medium and it was quite rare in the middle but apart from that a very good experience and would visit again.

  • ((*** by from London

    Decor was not what I expected from the reviews. I was looking forward to something more quirky and intimate. Instead it's a large open space overlooking a lower level and looking out on to Farringdon Road. Not very romantic. We had bubbles, lobster and steak. Lobster was horrible. Steak was fine. Contrary to other reviewers we had no problems with service. Waiter was attentive and quick.

  • ((((* by from London

    Service was excellent but we expected the food to be of higher quality (lobster and steak) both hard and very small portion. Brownie was excellent though. Service and ambience better than food.

  • (((** by from London se

    My son and I enjoyed the atmosphere which was convivial. A little too laid with the service. After 45 minutes we enquired about our order and it had been forgotten. I suggested we should be given another drink on the house and the waitress was very obliging and apologised perfusely. The food was delicious but too small. My father was a chef and my memory of lobster is that they are much bigger than the one we had. Literally a couple of mouthfuls. Also the menu states that all steak meals come with flat mushroom and onion rings. When our arrived we mentioned this, as it was missing, and we were told it's not included in the discount offer. I thought this was stingy as they are not expensive items and would have made the meal more substantial. As way of apology the waitress removed the service charge and the cost of 2 pints of coca cola, which I appreciated and felt to be good hospitality. The extra glass of champagne each saved the day. However, I'm not sure the first glass was champagne and tasted more like prosecco. Overall, it was a nice experience and the toilets are good. It needs more references to Aesop's fables, pictures, murals, figures, as this would
    make it more unique. Would I go again? Maybe.

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