One of the funkier pubs in the area, The Marylebone is a modern oasis in a sea of traditionalism.
The bold black frontage of The Marylebone is the first nod towards this being a pub that isn’t stuck in the past; then your eyes catch a glimpse of the cartoon-like writing of The Marylebone sign. Cute. Funky outdoor tables and low hanging flower baskets with arrangements like wedding bouquets complete the look and make this place stand out amongst the white marble frontages and exposed brick that covers Marylebone. Yawn.
The inside is equally well put together with a curved bar that extends down an entire side of the space, duck egg blue walls, orchids on the bar, ornate but modern funky mirrors and neat little wooden tables evenly spaced complete with cushions. It’s airy, it’s clean and it’s modern without being cold - a pleasant antithesis to the traditionalism of the area. Although, around the corner you will find banquet-style tables with throne-like chairs – then you’ll spy the plasma screen and you could almost be in a castle with Sky Sports playing in the background. Quirky.
With a big collection of offices nearby, the after work crowd fills the space out from 5.30pm, especially as the weekend draws close. However, the stuffy nature of some of its neighbouring venues is refreshingly absent here as the modern appeal of the pub seems to win out.
The Marylebone offers a unique ‘order in’ policy where customers can order food from one of several local restaurants and it will be delivered to your table, which is a nice touch. Otherwise, they have a simple sharing menu with a decent selection of meze dishes or a more traditional mix of cheese and charcuterie. It’s a clever way of making the most of a kitchen that doesn’t want to produce entire meals.
There’s a decent wine menu on offer at The Marylebone with a selection of bottles, including detailed tasting notes, starting at just £12.50 a bottle. There’s also a rather charmingly named ‘Awesome Collection’ with, well, awesome bottles that they have found from across the world starting at £30. In addition, there's a selection of cocktails priced at £6, with 2-4-1 deals bringing the prices right down. A peach bellini is a good example of the drink with a delicate balance of sweet peach syrup mixed with sparkling prosecco. Or, if you want a cocktail that packs a punch the aptly named Godfather is worth a go as it combines a strong hit of Buffalo Trace bourbon with Disaronno Amaretto.
The Last Word
More bar than pub, The Marylebone is a welcome addition to an area dominated by traditional old man boozers and gastropubs.