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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

Perfect place for drinks/ dinner

David Charles 10 January 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 42 reviews)
90% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (32)
  • trendy (27)
  • lunch (23)
  • value (17)
  • large parties (16)
  • romantic (14)
  • business (13)
  • entertainment (7)
  • breakfast (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • private dining (3)
  • luxury (2)
  • views (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (1)
  • (((** 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.

  • ((((( by from London

    Loved it! Great food, atmosphere and staff.

  • ((((( by from London

    Nice location and very good and friendly staff.

  • ((((* by from London

    Perfect place for drinks/ dinner

  • ((((* by from London

    Very friendly staff. excellent food presentation. Good time to have lunch not very crowded. the second was closed which have very nice window views. Excellent value for money and reasonable prices.

  • ((((* by from London

    First time with Bookatable.
    We dined for £15 each (Steak, Lobster and prosecco), so not sure what to expect.
    Very friendly staff, great atmosphere. Drinks service was very prompt. Steak was great (and the chips). Lobster was largely removed - only about the size of a small prawn left in the shell. Did not complain as everything else was first class.

    I would rather it was sold as a Steak and Prosecco meal so that my expectations would have been more than satisfied. Would certainly return - great value.

  • ((((* by from Crawley


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