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Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Caroline Jouinot

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The Fable: Where dreams really do come true

Graphic of the dining and bar section of The Fable

The Fable promises: “A veritable jewel box brimming with sparkling crystal, twinkling candelabras and unexpected surprises.” [The Fable]

Farringdon is set to be the most magical place in London this week with the opening of Drake & Morgan’s latest venture: a fairytale themed bar and restaurant called The Fable.

Inspired by the whimsical tales and fantasy fables of Aesop, The Fable promises: “A veritable jewel box brimming with sparkling crystal, twinkling candelabras and unexpected surprises.”

Taking its influence from stories from around the globe, visitors can expect a carefully designed space with an eerie twist, where every detail matters.

Nestled between Clerkenwell and the City, the 10,000 square feet site is spread over three floors of a former 15th century dwelling house.

Impressive space

An impressive space set to accommodate 436 seated and over 1,000 standing customers, The Fable consists of a wine shop, florist, deli, library, a homeware and jewellery boutique, in addition to three bars, a restaurant area and outside seating for 80.

The Fable is open from 7.30am and will provide food for more occasions than a hobbit could ever dream of: morning meetings, weekend brunches, lunches, afternoon teas, early evening cocktails, dinner or supper…you get the idea.

If fitting into your ‘Halle Berry Bond Girl’ style bikini ahead of summer is troubling you, fear not.

The menu features locally sourced products and holds more than a few healthy options, putting an emphasis on fresh flavours and creative combinations while an array of ‘skinnies’ from the cocktail list ensures you a great time under 200 calories.

Oozing of wanderlust, the menu is a combination between modern and comfort food that is clearly influenced by overseas dishes.

Oozing of wanderlust, the menu is a combination between modern and comfort food that is clearly influenced by overseas dishes: cool New York-style prawn lollipops and truffle fries; Thai beef salad and Malaysian curries; sunny Mediterranean flatbreads and antipasto; southern US buttermilk chicken burgers and surf’ ‘N’ turf and, finally, our very own cottage pie and fillet fish sandwiches.

The Fable is a perfect breakfast spot, whether you are enjoying barista-crafted coffee from Andronicas while surfing the net with the complimentary Wi-Fi, or just reading the daily papers – all of your needs are certainly catered to.

If you fancy an afternoon libation of cocktails paired with sweet and savoury treats, get down and dirty at one of the DIY Prosecco and Bloody Mary stations, create a bath tub cocktail to share with your friends, or indulge in a ‘liquid desert’.

Retail areas

The Fable

Set over three floors in a 15th century dwelling house, The Fable will have a combination of restaurants, bars and shops. [The Fable]

The retail areas focus on three spaces: on the first floor there will be a shop called Ever After boutique. Curated by former Daily Telegraph Fashion Editor, Lulu Anderson, the boutique covers a range of homeware, fashion and jewellery.

The second floor is home to a florist and wine shop called Bottles and Blooms. Finally on the third floor, D&M Experience presents a dedicated cookery school space offering mixology, butchery and flambé classes.

Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture, the company behind LEON, Bumpkin and Med Kitchen, the retail areas have a mixture of vintage and contemporary looks, consisting of antique typewriters, Mulberry duck print chairs housed in booths made out of stacked books and a wishing well. A true feast for the eyes.

Officially opening on February 17, this place is sure to be popular so get down there quick if you’re in the mood for some fantasy.

 

 

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