“Another day, another American joint”, you sigh. Well, you’re wrong. This Mississippi-sprung restaurant is the real deal. Combining the heart of the deep south with the refinement of the Marylebone drinking and dining scene, US chef Brad Macdonald, and his charming team, work hard to showcase the best of stateside hospitality at The Lockhart.
Spread over two floors, the upstairs restaurant follows the format of bare brick walls, hanging lightbulbs and antique furniture. Downstairs, copper stools line the bourbon and Mescal-heavy bar. The wine list is a rundown of some of America’s best, not only in taste but in name too (wandering bear, velvet devil and boom boom!, to name a few). It’s the cocktails here that really fly the flag, though. Our favourites? The Louisiana Jam with bourbon, apricot jam and lemon is seriously good, and it would be rude not to order a Manhattan, considering the bourbon on show. And all averaging at around £9.50 — yep, probably a good idea to make use of those stools.
Now, don’t get us wrong: the drinks alone merit a trip to The Lockhart. But it would be a crime not to try the food here. The southern USA classics such as fried chicken, Jacob’s ladder short ribs and shrimps and grits are incredible. Not to mention the cornbread which is cooked to order and, we reckon, the best in town.
What makes The Lockhart stand apart from most of the other American joints that London has to offer is its authenticity. There aren’t any gimmicks but it isn’t pretentious either. It’s just honest, seriously good fare from our friends across the pond.
Best Bars tip: Set yourself up for a good week by going for its Sunday Night Game Time, where from 6pm until 10pm, you can enjoy drinks with a choice of food from both the lunch and dinner menu. Our pick? The indulgent muffaletta sandwich. Go on, treat yourself.
— Millie Milliken, @milliemilliken