L’Autre – Polish-Mexican in a City village

We had a work’s pub quiz on Thursday evening at Shepherd’s Tavern, a traditional pub with friendly bar staff, in Shepherd Market, Mayfair.

Shepherd Market is like a village square with a local community feel, even though it’s situated in central London. A short walk from Green Park and Piccadilly, you turn into White Horse Street and somehow leave the city behind.

Built on the site that once held the ‘May Fair’ (a 15 day fête banned in 1708 for the disorder and unruly crowd it brought) Shepherd Market was designed by Edward Shepherd – with paved streets, theatre and duck-pond – to attract a less rowdy class of people. There’s more about the history, and some literature that this area’s featured in, here.

Shepherd’s Tavern serves good sharing platters (sausages and mustard, fish wedges and chips) at around £13 a platter. Being slightly set back from the pubs on the main market place, it’s likely to be less crowded too.

L’Autre – restaurant of the week

It’s hard to find any pubs or restaurants here that aren’t appealing. There’s a branch of Sofra (top quality Turkish mezes and fish dishes, etc) and several cosy cafes but on this visit to the market, a ‘Polish-Mexican Bistro’ caught my attention.

Its window display of wine bottles and fairy lights invited me into the warmth from the dark winter night, along with a specials menu offering the likes of roast wild boar and Mexican lamb shank. While I declined to enter Mayfair’s oldest wine lodge on this occasion I intend to visit L’Autre very soon, and consider it worthy of the Lardbutty ‘restaurant of the week’ title for combining two such different cuisines (Polish and Mexican) and being so intriguing…

Restaurant info:
~ Type: Polish-Mexican
~ Postcode: W1
~ Nearest station: Green Park
~ Website: n/a
~ Location: L’Autre map

~ Food and drink at Shepherd Market

~ Shepherd Market history

~ Shepherd’s Tavern

~ Sofra Mayfair


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