"Part speakeasy, part dining hall... and part Marks and Spencer Christmas advert"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
With all these ‘apothecary’ bars opening up in London right now, it seems we’re entering a phase where spotting the difference between historical medicinal dispensing traders and drinking spots is going to get very difficult. Where this all came from is the speakeasy heritage that has infiltrated all things new and drinks led. Not that we’re really complaining, just stating some facts. How could we complain when the trend brings us new venues like Nancy’s?
Located in a compact upstairs room above the Crown and Shuttle, Nancy’s is one of those concept bars. It’s part speakeasy, part dining hall, and weirdly, part Marks and Spencer Christmas advert – you know, those ones where they go to a picturesque town and gad about in snow in front of beautiful fake shop fronts? No? Just us then. Anyway, remember the ads or not, at Nancy’s, that’s what it’s like. Because at Nancy’s, inside this first floor bar, the walls aren’t walls at all, they’re beautiful fake shop fronts. And while there’s no fake snow on this occasion, there’s plenty of gadding about to be done after two bottles of 6.9% Weird Beard Saison.
A tiny bar serves cocktails, beers, wine and some London spirits. The well-curated beer list puts together Five Points Brewing, Partizan Brewing and the previously mentioned Weird Beard Saison with Meantime Lager on draught. Cocktails are a toss up between the Nancy and the Negroni, while the wine comes from barrels provided by Borough.
Special food menus will be created for large bookings and special events, while for the rest of the time the likes of veal burgers, homemade sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit rolls and venison and cranberry flatbreads should keep guests satisfied.
Despite meriting only limited space on top of what has become one of the busiest pubs in the area, Nancy’s feels like a separate world from what’s below. Apothecary overkill or not, Nancy’s is definitely a bar worth sampling.
T.A.O reviewed Nancy's on Wed 06 Nov 2013