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The Eagle is a busy bar and restaurant offering a range of Mediterranean dishes in a lively atmosphere. The drinks list includes a choice of cocktails and a good selection of draught beers.

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Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-17:00

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By Sybil S.

What a truly atrocious experience. The Eagle may have been one of the first 'gastro pubs' but I think it is really not true to call it a gastro pub now. I ordered mackerel which was delivered bloody. When I sent it back, instead of giving me a new one, they put it under the grill and then brought it back out. The seating is cramped and uncomfortable, the cutlery dirty and the ambience a bit like a garden shed. My friend had a steak burger. When she asked for tomato ketchup they looked down their nose and said that they didn't have any ketchup. This pub is the truly hideous lovechild of pretentiousness and incompetence. I would never go back here.


By Michael N.

Ignore the torrents of revisionist misery elsewhere on this page, for my money The Eagle is one of the best places to eat in London. The term no nonsense could have been invented for this place, great food, huge portions, decent prices and not a square plate or balsamic drizzling in sight. Service has always been fine to my mind. If I could give six stars I would.


By Bob H.

Once a great little pub for food, now trades on reputation alone. Staff are rude, particularly the bar/restaurant manager who has no idea about customer service. I've never eaten somewhere that would serve you a dish that was clearly ridiculously overcooked then refuse to either bring you what you ordered or refund your money. As soon as they charge you there is abosolutely no interest in having anything further to do with you. Avoid at all costs.


By Tom K.

One of the best dining "experiences" I have had in London. Go in there with an open mind, a good group of people and a 50/50 mix of alcohol to food and there will be a good time had. All of the bar staff in front and behind the counter were friendly. On a very busy Saturday evening we had to hover about and wait for a table for maybe a drink or two (30 min) which is no problem at all. The food was good, hardy grub with a small, defined menu of great quality. If you are expecting a fine dining experience you will not get one, nor I expect was it intended. Think old French bistro style/ grill house/ living room/ German beer hall style. Previous feedback has been unfair, take the place as it was intended and at face value. Check your egos at the door and a pleasant time will be had for all.


By R B.

First of all, there is no table service so you have to order food at the bar. This, in of itself, is no problem but it does become one when a surly bar manager comes over and asks/tells you and your two friends to move to one corner of your table to allow them to squeeze in other customers. Apparently we were sat on a 'table for six', although the scruffy, oval charity shop affair on which we were perched would just about comfortably accommodate four, in my opinion. I've been to other places, such as the Anchor and Hope, where you’re expected to share tables but it’s not a problem, for me at least, there as the furnishings are large, solid and square, making the placements and seating arrangements clearly defined. The ‘service’ is hard to describe as you don’t really experience any unless you have a problem, or are silly enough to try and sit comfortably.. I would agree with others that say it’s all rather unfriendly; your food is plonked down in front of you without so much as a grunted ‘enjoy’ and that’s that. The food itself is decent but nothing spectacular given the prices. My friends steak sandwich, apparently their signature dish, was sizeable but looked tough and I wasn’t asked how he’d like it cooked. The lamb shank with chick peas was tasty though, although the meat a little grey. All would probably have seemed better in a different atmosphere. I think it's often hard to know which reviews to believe on these kind of sites since most are polarised and, of course, based on personal expectations and experiences. Having said all that, I urge anyone thinking of going to 'The Eagle' to take heed of some of the negative comments on here as most seem to be accurate. If you’re prepared to be shoe-horned in to any available space and put up with non–existent service which is almost worn as a badge of honour then you could probably have a good meal. Why you’d bother, given the numerous other gastropubs in the area, I don’t know.


By Helena P.

Wow - I've had many bad vegetarian experiences in my life, but never has a chef tried to sell me tomatoes and peppers on toast as a main course, been so rude and refused to even try and accommodate a dietary requirement. We didn't eat here, never will and will make sure that everyone we know avoids it. Don't go if you have any dietary requirements!


By E M.

I completely agree with those who indicated that the staff at the Eagle are rude. They are incredibly so. The food is good but that is the only draw. I suppose that's the only reason the place can get packed. I refuse to go back there again. I think the staff should "get over themselves" and take a course in customer service.


By Warren T.

Fantastic Place. Went on a busy Friday Evening with 3 friends. The waitress was very helpful in trying to find us a table (seating not very well organised and no table service you order at the bar.) The Beer was great, the food even better. Would defiantly recommend, not too expensive for the quality of the food. It’s a no frills pub and I imagine that it get very busy because the food is GREAT. Well worth a visit.


By L 1.

Disappointing, even offensive experience, though some of the food good. Myself and friend both had lamb shanks which were very good - very tender and fell off the bone. Served with chickpeas and little lumps of bread and. Nothing else. A little stingy for a dish costing £14. No vegetables, and apparently no sides on the menu. Choice of desserts was weird, with either a tiny custard tart or a huge gorgonzola on toast. However, this would all have been fine (and the coffee was good) except for the service, which ranged from grumpy to aggressive. The main barman regarded us with contempt for the duration (you ordered at the bar only). The place then called last orders unexpectedly before 5pm. Another staff member came up and curtly ordered us to pay immediately (no 'please' in earshot), and we were coerced into leaving before we had even finished our drinks. My impression was that this was a place with a big reputation but not a regular clientele, so that they feel they can treat people however. Happy Valentine's day!


By Julian E.

The Eagle reeks of its own self satisfaction. The restaurant is poorly laid out and the service is dreadful. Among the lazy, rude and uninterested staff are teenagers who are clearly only there by virtue of being related to whatever smug complacent Lloyds' underwriter owns the establishment and are just killing time until the trust fund kicks in. Clearly the management sees no need to correct these issues because the moronic clientele are so lacking in taste that they think this counts as character and quality. If I owned one, I would not send my dog to eat there.


By E.

The idea of a ‘gastropub’ might have seemed like a bad joke back in 1991 when The Eagle was founded. Not anymore. This bird took off and flew swifter than anyone could have foreseen. Offspring has included Great Queen Street and The Anchor & Hope, while Eyre is now at the controls of Shoreditch’s Eyre Brothers.

The Venue
A high-ceilinged, single-room space, the simplicity of the pub’s interior is one of its most appealing characteristics. Extensively wood-panelled, walls are painted cream, while the ceiling is a reassuring, distinguished green. Chairs and tables look to be on the rickety side – think of all the pints slammed down and steaks carved up – but that only adds to the unpretentious ambience. A few framed bits of art are almost apologetically of the same colour palette as the walls. Over behind the bar, though, there’s a larger, more striking piece, which points to this as the place to focus your attention. Indeed it is: this long thin strip, which runs from one wall almost to the windows on the other side, is truly the pub’s engine room.

At one end is the segment given over to drinks. Draught pumps, bottles of wine and spirits, chalkboards crammed with wine names and drinks prices, and a shelf topped with some forty cookery books complete the picture over here. This is where you order both food and drink.

The majority of the bar has been turned into the most open-plan of open-plan kitchens. The bar surface bears ingredients, implements and cutlery (plus a plate of tortilla). The back bar is the kitchen itself – grill, stove, pots and pans, all with a heavy-duty look. Staff in old T-shirts and aprons prowl about here, staring into the middle distance when there’s a second or two of inactivity. Above them are their wares, scrawled on chalkboards. Come and stand and look. It’s kind of an interactive menu: you’ll look at the writing, then compare and contrast with the ingredients in various containers scattered about, and the morsels cooking on the grill.

The Atmosphere
The Eagle’s co-founder David Eyre has said that the dream was for a new sort of pub culture, where boozing and decent food (his term ‘intelligent salad’ captures it well) could go on under the same roof, where builders and journalists and graphic designers could chow down next to each other. That vision is realised at the pub to this day. Staff have a laddish way about them (certainly not sniffy about those who just want a couple of pints of lager), but they’re also likely to be sensitive on matters of ethical fish sourcing, meat provenance and local vegetables. The table sharing policy, meanwhile, means you could end up bumping elbows with the society cross section envisaged by Eyre. It has to be said, though, that in terms of the local employers who furnish the restaurant with diners come lunchtime, it’s a little more likely to be media industry offices than construction sites.

The Food
There’s an Iberian feel to the offerings (you can hardly call these items scattered over four slim chalkboards a menu) but it’s by no means restrictive – kedgeree (£9.80) is no stranger to the menu, for instance. There isn’t that much to choose from, so you won’t be standing gawping for too long. The menu rotates, but there’s often a soup such as Portuguese caldo verde (around £5), a sandwich (their signature bife ana steak version is always on; £10), then more substantial plates. Recent examples include a barley pilaf with Provençal vegetables and new-season garlic puree (£7.80), orecchiette with sausage (£8) and Napoli sausage with English-style sides (£9.75), and the Turkish dish of stuffed aubergine called Imam bayildi (£7.80). There’s usually a good, substantial piece of fish from the grill, too (upwards of £10): black bream, say, or sardines. Small plates (from £3) include tortilla and boquerones. Desserts are generally limited in range: recent options have been taleggio, pear and toast, and Portuguese pastéis de nata. One of The Eagle’s strongest suits is its bread – once you’ve ordered, a little basket will be brought to your table, with cutlery, paper napkins and a generous portion of excellent sourdough (or, at least, rustic bread), along with a small bottle of good olive oil. This is an appropriate taster for what’s to come.

The Drink
The majority of wines are European, and all are available by the glass (175ml) or bottle, starting at around £3.60/£14. Soft drinks are of Fentimans and Chegworth Valley calibre.

There’s a guest ale (‘Golden Arrow’ on this visit; £3.70), plus many of the usual draught ales and lagers: Bombardier, Becks Vier, Estrella Damm, Red Strip, Kirin, Löwenbräu, Guinness, Leffe. There are bottles of Corona, Sagres, Budvar and Bitburger Dry. Ciders include Addlestones on draught, plus Stowford Press and Westons Extra Dry. The Eagle IPA is the cheapest on draught at £3.20.

Cocktails and mixed drinks are surprisingly cheap – from £3.75 for a Cuba Libre to £5.90 for a Dark & Stormy.

The Last Word
This eagle hasn’t yet veered from its chosen path, and long may that continue.

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