I have been putting up with a cold for the past few days, a big old nasty cold! So on Sunday there was only one thing for it, a good hearty roast dinner/lunch! The Happenstance is located just next to St Paul’s cathedral and is the perfect spot exactly just for that. Owned by the Drake & Morgan collective who also own The Fable bar I visited recently, The Happenstance has the same sort of interior, fantastic food and service and quirky cocktails.
We started off with a couple of glasses of bubbly, as you do on a Sunday afternoon. I swear alcohol is good for a cold, no? Oh well! It definitely felt that way. I really like the interior of The Happenstance, it just looks beautiful and we had some really big comfy chairs to sit in which was great for a relaxing Sunday lunch. They also have blankets by your side in case you get cold, urm how thoughtful!? I loved it!
I knew exactly what I was going to order so went straight to main for the beef roast, complete with vegetables, yorkshire pudding, red wine gravy and roast potatoes. The beef comes rare so do ask before you order, I got mine medium done and with creamed horseradish. I loved the way it was presented, with vegetables on the side. There is nothing worse than trying to dodge some peas around a roast. Thankfully no peas in sight. My favourite the Yorkshire pudding was HUGE. I have a slight Yorkshire pudding addiction and this was just, wow! Plus call me weird but I am not the biggest fan of roast potatoes, apart from these ones, they were so crispy and just perfect, I could have eaten a whole serving more. With my roast I also ordered a passionfruit mojito which came in a jar glass and was delicious!
Danny chose the chicken roast with lemon and thyme, which was half a chicken and as you can see was pretty massive! Again with the same trimmings that I had, it looked amazing. Both tasted really good and very filling.
I wasn’t sure if I could fit in a dessert but well there is always room isn’t there? They have the same desserts as previous at The Fable so I was very tempted again with the wagon wheel but chose the chocolate brownie instead with ice cream, which was lovely and Danny had the winterberry crumble with ice cream, which was a very generous portion, Note do not touch the pan like I did!
We finished up our lunch with a couple more cocktails, I had the Skinny Goldfish In A Bag which actually comes in a bag, I was dying to see what it was going to be like so I was a bit disappointed they had run out of bags and it was in a glass instead. Danny had the All That Glitters is Gold cocktail, which came in a teapot! I love the quirks they have for their drinks. We actually ended up swapping drinks as the goldfish one was a bit strong for me.
After having a great experience at The Fable I was hoping The Happenstance would be just as good and it was. I really enjoyed the food and the setting and it was the perfect spot for brunch. The main restaurant area is really big as well, so I would definitely check that out too. I left doing my ‘happy dance’ out of The Happenstance. It totally sounds the same right!?
For more details on The Happenstance visit the site at thehappenstancebar.co.uk.
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