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The Audley Public House

Mayfair, London

The Audley Public House is a carefully restored traditional neighbourhood pub

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Built in 1888, this landmark Mayfair house has been renovated by top design studio Laplace in sympathy with the Audley’s listed exterior and interiors, and now features a striking ceiling collage of hot pinks and oranges created by artist Phyllida Barlow.

A true pub, the row of handpumps on the bar feature the ales of Wandsworth brewer Sambrook’s as well as the capital’s staple, Fuller’s London Pride.

The kitchen works closely with farmers, growers and artisans to source seasonal produce, including beef and lamb from the pub’s own farm in Somerset.

Dishes on the bar menu start with snacks such as scotch egg and cockle popcorn sprinkled with malt vinegar, sausages made at the Durslade Farm Shop, smoked eel and horseradish on toast and London Particular – the pea soup that gave its name to the city’s once-infamous fogs.

Pub favourites include a fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce, Durslade Farm shepherd’s pie and Cornish haddock and chips with mushy peas.

For grander occasions, the Mount Street Restaurant upstairs is presided over by executive head chef Jamie Shears, and offers menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner in four distinct spaces decorated with contemporary art.

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