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Blackfriars Wine Bar opens for evening meals

An evening menu has been introduced at the long established Blackfriars Wine Bar.

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This move follows 21 years as a popular lunchtime venue and the arrival of new chef Andy Rogers.

At night the candlelit interior with its rows of bottles and intimate corners gives the impression of a pleasant historic building. It is but you forget that this is one of the oldest railway arches.

Because owner Terry Barnard is usually here this is also a place where locals do feel at home.

Starters include a soup of the day and mackerel paté (£4.50) but the delight is the interesting choice of main course which always includes several vegetarian dishes. We enjoyed a perfect duck confit with corriander rice, rocket and tarragon salad (£9.75) and chicken all'arrabiata (£6.50) which were both beautifully presented.

The menu changes weekly but in just a few weeks Cumberland sausages with scallion mash and onion gravy (£6) has proved special and popular enough to be a permanent feature.

Our choice of pudding (£3.75) included a generous portion of fruit crumble and cheesecake.

Here, where the claim is "good quality wine and food at very reasonable prices" and there is always a good wine list, we chose red wine.

Blackfriars Wine Bar (020 7928 0905) is in Scoresby Street near Southwark Station. The evening menu is available Tuesday-Friday.

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