From its unusual name (after the street on which it resides) and its lovely, down-to-earth manager Neleen, to the walk-in cheese room and the striking artwork on its walls, High Timber is not what you’d expect from a city eatery – and it’s all the better for it. Perhaps that has something to do with its South African heritage, with Neleen hailing from SA, along with her partners, who also happen to run a vineyard, so hence the restaurant’s strong emphasis on fine wines. We put our fate in to Neleen’s capable hands with a menu selection and wine pairing that couldn’t be faulted. The homemade biltong was tender and delicious, while the croquettes were melt-in-the-mouth perfection. A gazpacho packed a powerful flavour punch, while the crab salad was delicate and delectable. The following course of ribeye steak was devoured by my dining companion with unbridled gusto, as was my five-spiced duck breast. A selection of cheeses tipped us over the edge, but at Neleen’s insistence we shared a slice of malva pudding, after which all we could do was sit and stare out of the plate-glass window at the stunning views of the river.
8 High Timber Street, EC4V 3PA