A couple of weeks ago, I paid a visit to Blacklock, a former basement brothel in Soho which has been turned into a popular hangout for meat lovers alike.

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I am a fan of pared-down dining, enjoying the gourmet fast-food trend and the laid back atmosphere that comes with it. The restaurant is intimate and dimly lit with white washed walls and loud, upbeat music. We settled in an alcove, ordered a frozen G&T and had a look at the menu. Personally, I don’t think you can order anything but the ‘all-in’ option, which includes three types of canapés and two sides as well as all the skinny chops on the menu.

The canapés are beautifully light cracker’s topped with cheese & pickles, dripping ham and egg and anchovy – quite unusual companions for chops, but ingeniously delicate and therefore appropriate.

The all-in platter arrives, including a beef short rib, lamb cutlet, lame t-bone, lamb neck, pork loin, pork rib and finally the pork belly, which comes served on top of a chargrilled flatbread. You can choose from a selection of sides too, and we opted for the 10 hour ash roasted sweet potato and the kale and parmesan (to get at least one portion of our 5-a-day).

The waitress advised us on how best to enjoy the chops, explaining which chops complimented the other which was hugely appreciated. The hero’s of the night had to be the Lamb t-bone and the pork rib, both juicy and full of flavour. However, the meat-soaked flatbread was definitely the perfect finisher.

We were too full for dessert, but we’ll definitely be back to try Blacklock’s Sunday roast offer. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening – no fuss, no frills. Just meat, good music and fantastic service.

Ruth | Marketing

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