The Folly

37-41 Gracechurch Street, The City, London

The Folly
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7/10 from 3 user reviews

The perfect post-work pitstop for no-fuss food and drinks

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Address:37-41 Gracechurch Street
The City
London
EC3V 0AX
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:International
Region:The City
Nearest Station:Monument
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:07:30 - 23:00
Tue:07:30 - 23:00
Wed:07:30 - 23:00
Thu:07:30 - 23:00
Fri:07:30 - 23:00
Sat:10:00 - 23:00
Sun:10:00 - 22:00
Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
About: Wander through our garden lounge and flower shop, swing by the hanging chairs or simply dine at the chef's table. A sanctuary of calm, our unique private dining room, deli, and collection of private vaults make the perfect retreat for entertaining friends.

Whether you're just in for breakfast on the way to the office, hosting a business meeting over lunch, or joining friends and colleagues for casual drinks and a late bite, there's an array of seating, eating and drinking options to suit your mood regardless of the time of day.

An all day menu sits alongside grape varieties from across the globe (that you can even take away with you), skinny cocktails and a mixology table, for those who enjoy indulging in an unrivalled range of spirits.

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"The perfect post-work pitstop for no-fuss food and drinks"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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The city is undoubtedly awash with some serious big hitters in the dining world, but sometimes you just need some good solid comfort food. I love a fancy pants restaurants as much as the next girl, but you can’t beat a night with friends enjoying pub grub, non-wallet-busting beverages and a buzzing vibe. You can generally rely on a Drake & Morgan pub for al of the above and with several dotted around town they aren’t hard to come across.

The Folly, smack bang in the middle of Monument, ticks all those boxes. It’s a massive space, with an upstairs dining room and downstairs lounge bar/dancefloor situation; I’ve been a few times on various weekday evenings and I’ve never not seen it heaving. Its current wintry guise is home to fairy lights, blankets and reindeer hides strewn across the back of chairs, giving it a surprisingly cosy alpine vibe, given its size.

The menu is what you’d expect from such an establishment, classics done well with a few different hits amongst the British pub grub. It’s a pretty extensive menu with over 50 items, from bangers and mash and burgers to a butternut squash risotto and cauliflower and pesto fettuccine, there’s something for everyone. Be warned though - the portions are generous so be careful if you’re eyes tend to be bigger than your belly, you may leave well stuffed.

If you’re an olive fan, theirs are good ones; get a dish alongside your starters. We had the hot and crispy szechuan pepper squid with lemon mayo and a rather delicious dish of heritage beetroot with whipped goat’s cheese and walnuts, always a winning combination and perfectly light given we went in for an indulgent main.

Their steak is decent value and arrived perfectly cooked, a simple yet juicy rib eye packed with flavour and accompanied by parmesan, truffle and rosemary Roman fries; quite possibly the only ones I will ever consumer again the holy trinity of seasoning is that damn tasty. There’s a plethora of burger options on the menu and while we did get a spot of food envy from seeing the Wagyu burger with blue cheese and tomato chutney arrive at the next door table, I can confirm that the buttermilk chicken was the bomb. Seriously crispy and with a decent kick from the chipotle mayonnaise. The portions are pretty hefty, you certainly won’t be left wanting and to be honest we didn’t really have space for pud, but with eyes bigger than our bellies we ordered one anyway. The mixed berry crumble was more than enough for one and while it could have been a tad hotter it had a gorgeously crunchy topping.

With all day breakfasts and Sunday roasts also available, The Folly isn’t short of dining options. It’s certainly a social hub of the city and the perfect post-work pitstop for no-fuss food and drinks.



Laurel reviewed The Folly on Mon 08 Jan 2018


The Latest User Reviews of The Folly


User Rating: 4 / 10
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Denise, London
Added: May 2014
Veggie burger, the menu said. When I asked the waiter what the burger was made of he said "hummus and cheese". What was delivered was a burnt bun with a pile of stuff: tomato, pepper, hummus, lentils and cheese. Note, this was a pile and not a burger. I ordered sweet potato and potatoe wedges as a side. I got two of each - due to the fact that they were not wedges but I would say a quarter of a potato. Totally disappointed. Thank you for probably the worst veggie meal of the century!!!

User Rating: 9 / 10
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leaticia, bank
Added: Apr 2013
All In London User Recommended Business
hello
just a quick word to talk about my experience at the folly.
I celebrate my birthday last thursday.
From the enquiry to the night of my party, every member of the staff has been extremely profesional. The event team was really nice and helpful, they helped me on every step of the booking to guaranted a successful evening.
The area was really nice and the pre-order system is really handy as it avoid us to have to queue at the bar the all night.
I had a brilliant night and will definately come back and recommend it!
the folly became my favourite bar in the city

User Rating: 8 / 10
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Princessdanni
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I went to The Folly last Thursday with my boyfriend for dinner, we hadn't booked in advance but the girls at the door managed to get us a table, we had heard lots of different things about The Folly but didn't really know what to expect, the menu is huge! we had a peking duck flatbread to start (i recommend sharing them as they are massive) and it was piled high with duck and veggies, to be honest i would eat one as a main for lunch and be full! it took a little while to arrive but the restaurant was so full we weren't surprised by that, for mains my boyfriend had the cote du boeuf and i had the lemon thyme chicken, the cote du boeuf was again, massive and well cooked, my boyfriend pretty much cleared the board it was presented on and said that he really enjoyed it, my chicken was a little on the small side but it was moist and tasty, i had a side of sweet potato and potato wedges on the side of this - they were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside - divine! we were served by an australian guy who was friendly and chatty, so made the experience all the more enjoyable, we had all in all an hour and 45 mins on the table but that was a decent amount of time for us, the bill was reasonable and the experience was really good, (with the small nag that we did have to wait a 10 mins for our drinks order to arrive) we will be booking next time in advance and bringing our friends too! :-)


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