Last night I had a fabulous evening with my fellow dating gals, at Pennethorne’s, the new cafe bar at Somerset House.
I was a bit wary of the place being wall to wall with supermodels eating raw beetroot and celery, what with Somerset House being an epicentre of London Fashion Week, but was relieved to see that, despite there being a great crowd of people, there wasn’t a lettuce leaf in sight.
Being four chatty, wine-loving girls, working within the dating industry, we are always keen to find venues which accommodate our needs (read:wine) – and of course, ones which we can add to a portfolio of great date venues we can pass on as recommendations to daters across the capital.
Pennethorne’s is one such place. Intimate, beautifully decorated, with well considered seating, low lights (always a bonus on a first date!) and a super little bar to cosy up at.
The wine list is great – large enough to offer a good selection but not too extensive that one feels swamped for choice – we settled on a Delicious Riesling which I would highly recommend, and enjoyed a fantastic selection of sharing dishes to accompany it with.
Pennethorne’s offers a great range of tapas style dishes – which I think work especially well on a date as it leaves out the ‘big dish’ decisions and there is something far sexier about sharing little dishes than tucking into your own plateful is there not! Fortunately on this occasion I wasn’t on a date and didn’t need to worry about pretending I didn’t love my grub or that I could easily pass on a glass of vino (urgg, the turmoil of a first date!) so took it upon myself to try as much as possible – no need to hold back on the bread and cheese with friends! Including a delicious Crispy Kale and Ham Hock salad, Spicy Aubergine dip with fig and apricot bread, a selection of meats including Mortadella, Iberico and Bellota ham and some to-die-for cheeses – the gorgonzola was fabulous and managed to undo all my 2015 health resolutions in one sitting, but worth every mouthful.
All in all a fabulous little venue for a date or a catch up with friends, set within one of London’s most historic buildings – elegant and tasteful without a mind-blowing price tag. It’s a beautiful little cafe/bar with everything you need to make it a date to remember – especially helped by Freddie, the host with the most, who, not only knows his stuff but was super friendly and accommodating.
A great evening, I shall return – and you never know, next time I might bring a date … I hope he likes gorgonzola.
For more information and menus visit the Pennethornes Cafe Bar website
Monday – Friday 8.00-22.00