The Montcalm Royal London House on Finsbury Square is home to two luxurious restaurants with bars that offer very different dining and drinking experiences, but both are the perfect place to relax, unwind and indulge after a busy day in the capital.
Situated on the tenth floor with stunning rooftop views across London from its terrace, The Aviary is the newest addition to the Montcalm Royal London House hotel, having opened its doors in November 2016.
Ideally located between the trendy hipster borough of Shoreditch and the high-pressured financial environment of The City and Canary Wharf, The Aviary provides an indulgent meeting place for London residents and guests of all backgrounds, allowing them to come together to enjoy fine food and exquisite cocktails amid some stunning surroundings.
The restaurant prides itself on serving quality, responsibly sourced British produce with a modern spin, with a la carte highlights including oysters, milk-fed Cumbrian veal and retired dairy cow sirloin on the bone. Side dishes include duck eggs, thrice-cooked chips and black cabbage with bacon, while there are themed menus for special occasions, with an upcoming set menu for Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
For those after a lighter bite, the bar snacks on offer include salmon shish kebabs and grilled pitta bread served with hummus and avocado.
There’s also a fabulous dessert menu, featuring a brilliantly retro After Eight mint-inspired Arctic roll, as well as classic sticky toffee pudding with spiced apple and vanilla ice cream, while the coconut panna cotta with passion fruit, mango and white chocolate caters to slightly more exotic tastes.
Guests don’t have to dine at The Aviary, they can simply order a cocktail and watch the glorious scene as the sun disappears behind the famous London skyline. Cocktail menu highlights include Jeff Goes South – made from tequila, absinthe, beetroot and Peychaud’s bitters – and Jennings Caribbean Steam Boat, which comprises rum, pineapple, honey and lime.
Closer to ground level, but still within the Montcalm Royal London House, the Burdock can be found, also serving a variety of tempting cocktails and perfectly designed meals.
Tuck into a salad jar (very Instagrammable) or try a sandwich with a difference with the cauliflower croque monsieur. Diners may also wish to order a few small plates to sample and share, providing the opportunity to try unusual culinary delights such as venison meatballs with blue cheese and pickled garlic or octopus served with potato and paprika.
Main courses include monkfish kiev, providing a seafood twist on the retro chicken and garlic version often found in UK household freezers in the 1980s, while pasty fans can enjoy something a little different than the usual meat and potato or cheese and onion combinations with a pheasant, mushroom and chestnut version, served with quince.
For those with a sweet tooth, and an Instagram foodie reputation to uphold, should order one of Burdock’s freak shakes, with the jam custard doughnut option comprising a strawberry jam and custard-flavoured milkshake, milky ice cream, strawberry sauce, a custard cream and a doughnut bomb – it’s almost worth coming to London for this alone. For the more health conscious, a version with natural yoghurt and various fruits is also available.
To wash all of that down, there’s an extensive range of wines and craft beers on offer at the bar, with Burdock Beer Club members able to sample the first tastes of any new barrels that come into stock.