In 1739, two very important things happened in Britain:
1) The nation went to war with Spain because of an ear. It was called The War of Jenkins’ Ear. It lasted for 9 years.
2) The pub that would become The Blue Posts was founded in what would become Chinatown.
Now, over a quarter of a millennium later, Britain and Spain remain in an uneasy truce, and the folks behind vaunted restaurants The Palomar and The Barbary have renovated the The Blue Posts, turning it into a three storey palace of food & wine. Here’s how each of the floors break down:
THE BLUE POSTS
The former ground floor pub is now, well, a ground floor pub. It boasts the same high ceilings and large windows it’s had for the last 275 years, and’s been given a makeover with leather barstools, dark green walls, and a brushed metal bar. Here you can peruse a lineup of independently brewed cask ales, craft beers & ciders including Mondo Brewing’s flavourful Denis Hopp’r, some punchy Sussex SeaCider, and ‘World’s Best Pale Ale’ winner Sambrook’s Wandle.
In the mood for something more refined? Then head upstairs to,
Named for the character Evelyn Mulwray (played by Faye Dunaway in Chinatown), The Mulwray is a richly decorated cocktail lounge; dark velvets, marble and satin brass details contrasting with furnishings in soft pink. There’s an entire backlit wall of wine dominating one side of the room, but the centrepiece is a wood burning stove sitting in front of the golden brass bar, where you can order cocktails including the likes of their tequila, pear, and tarragon-loaded White Mischief.
Head down into the beer cellar, and instead of beer you’ll find,
Named after (you guessed it) Faye Dunaway’s character in Chinatown, this is an intimate chef’s table space, with only 11 seats surrounding a small kitchen space, where dishes are passed from the range straight to the guest. The menu is Modern European, changing frequently, and rustled up by the same head chef as at The Barbary. Oh, and the space itself is only bookable; no walk-ins whatsoever.
In short, get over ‘ear.
NOTE: The Blue Posts is open 5pm-11pm (midnight Fri/Sat), and The Evelyn is due to open early next year. You can find out more on their website right HERE.
The Blue Posts | 28 Rupert Street, W1D 6DJ
Look, Xu’s just next door…