From its unusual name (after the street on which it resides) 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 the owners who also happen to run a vineyard, so hence the restaurant’s strong emphasis on fine wines. The 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 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, London EC4V 3PA
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