Visitors and locals alike joke that Victoria is more British than Britain ever was. If this is true, then it is nowhere more true than at Bartholomew's. Shepherd's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bangers and Mash. Stick-to-your-ribs food like Nana used to make, and it's good. I ordered the Traditional Meatloaf, which offered a large, thick slab that was moist but firm and well seasoned. It was served drenched under a rich black-pepper gravy and accompanied with gently sautéed carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, and red-skin New Potatoes.
But this is not England, and so Bartholomew's menu also features a collection of international foods including Oyster's Rockefeller, Pork Schnitzel, a Charcuterie board and a small selection of pizzas. Friends ordered the Nachos, which were served in a shallow but wide basket. The diameter of the basket allowed for a large shareable portion without excessive stacking, so the lower chips were not soggy as tends to happen elsewhere. They were topped with a good variety of peppers, olives, tomatoes, green onions and laced with layers of Cheddar and Jack cheeses. Easily the most appealing nachos I've ever seen.
Bartholomew's is a pub. It has a classic British pub feel with dark wood and white walls. In the evenings it gets crowded and loud, but the acoustics are good, allowing for comfortable conversation. The pub is quite large and we sat in the back corner. A live band was playing in the opposite corner, with the bar and a few dividing walls between us and them, and still, the noise level was comfortable.
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