From the Geronimo group, the Adam and Eve is a modern British gastro pub, which offers a welcome escape from the crowds, an easy-going atmosphere and a hearty food menu.
Located on a quiet road away from the bustling Oxford Street, Adam and Eve is a warm and inviting gastro pub spread across a single floor. Its colourful and eclectic interior is a welcome break from the sleek and minimalist décors favoured by many. Tan leather sofas littered with plump velvet cushions join mismatched armchairs around the tables set slightly away from the main bar area, and Pop Art-style portraits of British icons like Michael Caine and Twiggy adorn the walls. Little touches like the potted heather on the tables give more of a country rather than inner city pub look and make a nice contrast against the giant yellow chandeliers.
Behind the bar, red lit-up letters spell out the word ‘local’, which says a lot about the kind of vibe they are trying to create at Adam and Eve. Warm, bright lighting combined with the subtle background music sets the perfect scene for a catch-up with friends, where you can both see and hear each other clearly – another rarity. Week nights are reasonably quiet considering the central location, although you can imagine it filling towards the end of the week and getting more than its fair share of tourist footfall.
The food menu at Adam and Eve is everything a pub grub menu should be, full of all the best-loved classics done well and at a reasonable price. The breaded black olives filled with feta are the perfect nibbles to accompany your wine, and there are a number of sharing plates on offer. Should you plump for a main – and a reassuring amount of their customers do – then you have all the usual culprits of sausages, steak, fish and chips and burgers to choose from. The sausages sit on top of a mound of creamy smooth mash covered in a dark rich gravy and make for a comforting and filling meal, and the burger with all of the trimmings is served on a wooden board with all the pickles, bacon, cheese, onion rings and chips you could wish for, along with three miniature pots of sauce. It’s clear pubs in the city have had to up their game on the burger front since the dirty food trend emerged, and Adam and Eve seem to have taken this on board.
The well stocked bar has the wide selection of sprits and beers you would expect from a Geronimo chain member, who pride themselves on stocking brews from around the UK and abroad. The wine list, compiled by their Master of Wine John Clevely, also ticks a lot of the boxes with a selection nicely segregated into taste brackets at an array of price points and measures. Costing under £18, the Chenin Blanc is a great option. Fresh, fragrant and finishing with the typical honey notes that make it such an easy wine to drink.
The Last Word
For an easy escape from Oxford Street, Adam and Eve is certainly a pub worth knowing about.