Hubbard & Bell is the restaurant inside the new Hoxton Holborn hotel (there’s also a Holborn Grind coffee shop and a Chicken Shop in the basement). It’s the creation of Nick Jones – the clever chap behind the ever growing Soho House empire.
It’s a very casual space; the dining room merges pretty seemlessly between the foyer and bar area. The open kitchen and long shared tables made for a relaxed atmosphere – we were seated in a booth (each one has its own plug socket FYI) which was very comfy indeed. The whole hotel feels a bit like you’re in somebody’s living room.
The Sunday roast looked rather epic but they’d sadly run out of the rib of beef (£18) and it was only 3pm. Instead I went for the 12oz 60 day rib eye (£22) which was a really lovely piece of meat. It was cooked perfectly (medium rare naturally) with a nice charred crust on the outside of the beef with a really pink and juicy centre and just the right amount of fat. The accompanying bearnaise was spot on.
The patty melt sandwich seemed great value at eight quid. A thin beef patty topped with caramelised onions and gooey cheese, sandwiched between toasted brown bread (I thought they would have used white but it worked perfectly) made made for a really enjoyable combination of flavours. The French fries (£4) were served with a really punchy roasted garlic alioli which was cracking and the fries were all you could possibly hope for; fresh, thin, salty, crunchy and totally moreish.
We only popped into Hubbard & Bell for a quick bite to eat and it was the perfect spot to do so. It’s a cool and casual space with friendly and efficient staff and the food is really rather good.