Restaurant review: Pivot British Bar and Bistro

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Pivot British Bar and Bistro in London’s vibrant Covent Garden, and the experience was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment we stepped through the door, we were treated to a culinary adventure that combined the best of British flavours and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Our evening began with a warm welcome from the staff, who guided us to our table in the cozy, yet elegant, dining area. The ambiance was inviting, with dimmed lighting, wooden accents, and comfortable seating, making it the perfect setting for a romantic evening out. The menu, showcasing a range of British-inspired dishes, had us excited to explore the culinary delights that awaited us.

To start our culinary journey, we decided to share two appetizers. The first was the dressed asparagus, a dish that epitomized the essence of seasonal British produce. The asparagus was perfectly cooked and adorned with vibrant and complementary flavours, including lemon zest, toasted almonds, and a generous drizzle of butter. Each bite was a burst of freshness, and it set the stage for a memorable meal.

Accompanying the asparagus, we delved into a bowl of creamy white bean soup. The rich, velvety texture of the soup was a testament to the chef’s mastery and I was surprised to learn it was completely vegan. It was seasoned to perfection, and the earthy notes of the white beans were beautifully accentuated. The combination of the two appetisers was a harmonious symphony of flavours and a delightful start to our dining experience.

Moving on to our main courses, we couldn’t resist trying two of Pivot’s standout dishes. First, the Beef and Bone Marrow Pie, a British classic with a twist. The pie was a work of art, with a golden, flaky crust that concealed a luscious, savory filling. The succulent chunks of beef in the pie and incredibly decadent portion of separate bone marrow were a match made in heaven, and the dish was served with a side of buttered greens. Each bite was a reminder of the comforting and hearty nature of British cuisine.

Our second main course was the Free Ranged English Chicken, a dish that celebrated the incredible quality of locally sourced poultry. The chicken was perfectly cooked, with a crispy skin that locked in the juices. The accompanying roasted Jerusalem artichokes added a delightful earthy dimension to the plate, and the charred Hispi cabbage offered a lovely contrast in textures. The dish was a balanced and delightful exploration of British ingredients.

As we savoured the last bites of our main courses, we couldn’t help but appreciate the attention to detail and the thoughtfulness that went into each dish. The chefs at Pivot had not only paid homage to traditional British fare but had also elevated it to new heights, infusing creativity and contemporary flair into every plate.

The grand finale of our dining experience at Pivot was the dessert. We decided to indulge in two British classics, starting with the pavlova. The pavlova was a true masterpiece, with a crisp meringue shell that gave way to a cloud of whipped cream and an array of fresh berries. The interplay of textures and flavors was delightful, and the dessert was a sweet ending to our evening.

The sticky toffee pudding and custard was equally impressive. The pudding was moist and sticky, with a rich toffee sauce that oozed with sweetness. Paired with a velvety custard, this dessert encapsulated the comforting and indulgent side of British sweet treats. It was the perfect way to conclude our meal.

Our dining experience at Pivot British Bar and Bistro was truly joyful. The chef’s dedication to using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, combined with a creative approach to traditional dishes, resulted in a culinary journey that was both familiar and exciting.

The warm and attentive service, the inviting ambiance, and the culinary delights we feasted on made our evening at Pivot a memorable one. Whether you’re a fan of classic British comfort food or are seeking a fresh perspective on the country’s culinary heritage, Pivot British Bar and Bistro in Covent Garden is a must-visit destination for a dining experience that combines tradition and innovation in the most delightful way. My wife and I left with satisfied palates and a strong desire to return for another gastronomic adventure at this Covent Garden gem.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief