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Crocker’s Folly – crazy nice ambiance

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This High Victorian concoction of a building started as a pub called The Crown.  However, it had been long been nicknamed Crocker’s Folly, after a former publican who was alleged to have speculated unsuccessfully in that property.  That name was made official in the 1980s.  The interiors are among the best-preserved, high-end pub fittings anywhere, with much frosted glass, marble and polished wood in evidence.

Having been acquired by the long-established chain of Moroccan eateries: the Maroush Group, he current offering at Crocker’s Folly consists of a cocktail bar (The 1898 Bar), a Lebanese restaurant (The Marble Room) as well as private dining and an outdoor terrace.  The canny owners have left the excellent ambience untouched (albeit spruced up in the 2010s) and therefore produced a rarity in ‘heritage’ dining and drinking: a perfectly elegant place with the added benefit of some culinary differentiation in the form of classic Lebanese cuisine.

A short, pleasant walk from the canals of Little Venice, it is a nicely accessible location without some of the over-tourism and transport difficulties of the West End.  The price/quality ratio here is very solid , by London standards.

Address

Crocker’s Folly
24 Aberdeen Place, Little Venice, NW8 8JR
Tel.: 020 7289 9898

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