The Fable

4.1
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187 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Casual
Restaurant with picture windows, vivid fairy-tale décor, a global menu and whimsical cocktails.

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What 187 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

Very disappointing food and drinks, ambience was pretty standard

F
London
52 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food - we both ordered off the specials menu. We’ve eaten here before and had no issues, but today the service was slow and unprofessional. It’s not put us off returning though as the food is still a winner!

HT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

An enjoyable place to catch up with friends. Lots of menu options and service is friendly and relaxed.

SF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Used the venue for a business meeting, food was reasonable, clean and quiet atmosphere and staff were very accommodating.

H
London
171 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Friendly service, decent menu, good food. Excellent option in the area.

c
London
33 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was amazing, he was very helpful and attentive

SA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Had to chase the waiting staff to take any orders off us after being ignored for at least 30 mins. Food was good and arrived quickly. Good value for money too. Staff not friendly and rushed away before finishing taking our order.

The Fable
Responded on 13 August 2019

Dear Samantha, Thank you for your review. At The Fable we read and act on every review we receive to help improve our service and products we offer our wonderful guests. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the service you received on the day of your booking as it seems we dropped below our normal fast and friendly service. Please feel free to contact me directly at juan.pazos-ramirez@drake-morgan.co.uk

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CB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I've been there for lunch and the menu has a variety of creative options having something for every taste and hunger. Very friendly staff, great service. A little bit on the noise side during busy hours.

PP
London
57 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Menu is quite basic and ok for a pretheatre meal. Staff pleasant and made sure we were out in time before a show

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice environment. Staff was very friendly. Food was decent.

DW
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very attentive and positive stagf

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Completely forgot I placed a booking. Had to sit outside

MS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Long wait for service and food, had to chase drinks order after food arrived. not great for work lunches.

F
London
52 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A good place to go for something a bit different - quirky decor, good food and friendly service. Ideal for going to in your lunch hour - the food arrived incredibly quickly so there was no worry about whether we’d be back in time.

d
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

I recently made a booking for 9 people at The Fable, and when the group turned up, the staff at the fable claimed the booking was for 5 people and that they did not have any tables available for a larger group. The woman refused to acknowledge the confirmation I had from The Fable clearly showing that it was for 9 people. After we managed to fit 9 chairs at a space made for 6 (with NO help from the staff), we were then ignored for more than 30 minutes without anyone even bothering to take our drink orders. When the food was eventually served, one dish was missing, which then turned up around 30 minutes late. There was barely an apology from the staff for the delayed food. While I have been there before and received excellent service, I can no longer recommend The Fable as a place to go.

OT
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Very slow service, small table with little room, and little room between tables

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

I went there , by myself had a burger and a pint, on a Saturday lunchtime, not very busy and good vibe.
Also with other people in the evening, the service was a little slow, considering some of the staff seemed to have time to talk to each other, just an observation.

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Went there having booked via OpenTable a week in advance. I turned up early, only to find the venue closed for a private Xmas event. OpenTable were non the wiser and even sent a booking reminder in advance of my attending.

AB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I booked a table through the App to be told I didn’t have a table reserved. It was only when I walked out that someone came running after me to offer a table once another group had finished.

I have had bad service at The Fable before.

I will not be going back as a result.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Nice venue but unfortunately the food let down our experience. People who ordered burgers were the only ones who were happy with their food.

JH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We came to The Fable for my birthday meal on Saturday and I'm so glad I chose here! The cocktails and food were delicious (especially the steak!) and Connor was an amazing host - funny, friendly and really helpful. I'll definitely be back and would 100% recommend this place to anyone.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice bar, with really nice service. Went there for my 30th bday and they accomodated all my requests (even brought me my fruit GF cake :)
Really recommend

MB
London
287 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Greeted by your lovely front desk hostess with a smile and positive attitude. This makes a difference.

The food was excellent. The service fast and efficient.

Thank you

SR
London
59 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a very enjoyable brunch here on Saturday. It is a beautiful quirky restaurant (mind you don’t get lost in the toilets!) serving delicious food by friendly staff. I booked an 11:00 brunch for three friends and myself but when we arrived the kitchens had no gas so they asked if we could return at 12:00. We agreed not realising that everything is closed in the City at the weekend! Nonetheless we managed to hang around and when we returned to the restaurant they were very kind to us and even provided us with complimentary food for the inconvenience. We had a chorizo scotch egg, eggs benedict and royale and chicken burgers all accompanied by a selection of their different fries. All the food we had was delicious and we were all happy and replete by the end of it. The staff did not know, but it was actually my birthday that day and they made it a very lovely occasion. I would definitely recommend The Fable and look forward to visiting again.

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good for a business breakfast

MB
London
287 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service from the friendly staff

PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience3

Ordered the Thai Sirloin salad. No sirloin so they used ribeye which was fine by me however, the salad was basically flavourless leaves drenched in oil. Nothing Thai about it whatsoever. Poor.

G
London
23 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is my second time here and it was just as great as the first. Sat upstairs this time, which was perfect for a group of 8 people at 6pm, as it can get very busy and noisy downstairs. Staff were attentive and the food was excellent. Looking forward to going back soon.

SH
London
29 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

large table so had to wait for food, definitely not the usual standard

LL
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lively atmosphere, the burgers were all amazing, and the table with the stacks of books as the backdrop was creative.

c
London
55 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had a very decent meal here; nothing exceptional, but two tasty and generous salads. My fregola was a little cold and seemed like it had possibly just come from the fridge, but it was reasonably generously furnished with chicken. Service (esp for drinks) was a little slow, especially considering it was a quietish Monday, but all were polite and friendly. Would go back if the situation was right, though not rushing out of my way to so.

N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good location, good size, good venue for a staff team meal, which is what this booking was. Fun night out.

RD
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Really disappointed with our meal here. Our main meal arrived 5 mins after we ordered it so i doubt it was freshly made. it certainly tasted bland and was a very measly portion for the price. The dessert was not as described and burnt! there was a private event upstairs and i'm sure the kitchen was more concerned with catering for this than the clients in the restaurant. It was nice that the staff didn't rush us through the evening but i had to ask for the dessert menu myself eventually because they just didn't give us any notice.

RS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed our lunch here. Virgin cocktails were excellent and we had great service in nice surroundings.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Came here for a book club meeting - how apt! The Fable boasts a beautiful ambience decorated with lots of greenery and literature quotes. The service was amazing, better than your average restaurant in London. The food left a bit to be desired - pass on the pancakes and instead go for a dessert!

z
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

The waiter showed my self to one table and the other members of my meeting to another table around the corner ... they were both under my name! It took a while to realise and was 25 minutes into lunch.

t
London
82 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The Fable is a great place to meet for breakfast, opens early & does a good selection of breakfast options.

Z
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We had a business dinner here. It was not the cheapest place around, but it was open and had space for us after having briefly gone to a pub nearby. The menu choices for the people on our team was very good; we had a vegan diner and they were very accommodating. They even let one diner "take away" the incomplete meal (leftovers); providing a plate, foil and a bag to take it home. Very nice place; great service and a good atmosphere. Only drawback was they wouldn't let us sit in the "fabled" table (a table that was made out of books!

GR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, delicious overall an amazing place for food, service, vibe!

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely as always..