Toulouse Lautrec

The Upstairs Bat at Toulouse

This beautiful little place brings a touch of French flair to an otherwise unloved and rather bleak corner of London between Elephant and Castle and Kennington.

I was brought here on a date a not so long ago and I have to admit, I was very sceptical on the walk there but I couldn’t have been more wrong. We hadn’t thought to make a reservation, thinking that it wouldn’t be necessary but alas, the place was completely packed. This converted pub oozes French eccentricity and is wonderfully warm and cosy. Loving the atmosphere, we decided to set ourselves up in the bar and take advantage of the live jazz music on offer.

The Upstairs Bat at Toulouse

After treating ourselves to some lovely French wine, we decided to order some bar snacks, all of which were delicious. Think of these like tapas dishes, you will need a good few each if you’re looking for a proper meal. We tried the slow cooked pork belly with truffle sauce, smoked salmon on blinis and the Cumberland sausages with crispy chips and finished it all off with the homemade apple tart and chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream.

We felt really relaxed in this place and loved the combination of the warm surroundings and live jazz (from French Pop Idol 2003 finalist Gabrielle Ducomble no less). Before we knew it, a few hours had passed which always a sign of a good evening.

We spotted some of the main meals on the way out, and I have to say that the steaks looked particularly delicious. We’re already planning a date to come back here to try the main restaurant. Judging by the outcome of our evening, I’d say this place is a winner.

Useful Links
Toulouse Lautrec Website
Google Map Link
Closest Tube/Rail: Kennington / Elephant & Castle

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