The Fable

3.8
178 reviews
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Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales, the fabulous fables of Aesop and our spellbinding adventures around the globe, The Fable is a bar and restaurant out of the ordinary. Inventive, innovative and enchanting, every detail tells a story, from the sparkling crystal and beautiful blooms, to the twinkling candelabras and the carefully curated collection of storybooks, you're sure to be enthralled. A range of beautiful spaces – from a florist and deli to hideaway alcoves, a statement bar and mixology tables – have been individually tailored to fit any requirement, any time of the day. A creative food and cocktail menu will cater for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, post-work and dinner, whilst bespoke events and masterclasses, customised experiences, pop-ups and quirky collaborations will offer something unique and out of the ordinary.

Once in the while, in the middle of an ordinary life the world gives us a fairy tale.
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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice environment. Staff was very friendly. Food was decent.

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DW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive and positive stagf

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Completely forgot I placed a booking. Had to sit outside

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MS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Long wait for service and food, had to chase drinks order after food arrived. not great for work lunches.

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F
London
47 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A good place to go for something a bit different - quirky decor, good food and friendly service. Ideal for going to in your lunch hour - the food arrived incredibly quickly so there was no worry about whether we’d be back in time.

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d
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I recently made a booking for 9 people at The Fable, and when the group turned up, the staff at the fable claimed the booking was for 5 people and that they did not have any tables available for a larger group. The woman refused to acknowledge the confirmation I had from The Fable clearly showing that it was for 9 people. After we managed to fit 9 chairs at a space made for 6 (with NO help from the staff), we were then ignored for more than 30 minutes without anyone even bothering to take our drink orders. When the food was eventually served, one dish was missing, which then turned up around 30 minutes late. There was barely an apology from the staff for the delayed food. While I have been there before and received excellent service, I can no longer recommend The Fable as a place to go.

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OT
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very slow service, small table with little room, and little room between tables

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I went there , by myself had a burger and a pint, on a Saturday lunchtime, not very busy and good vibe.
Also with other people in the evening, the service was a little slow, considering some of the staff seemed to have time to talk to each other, just an observation.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went there having booked via OpenTable a week in advance. I turned up early, only to find the venue closed for a private Xmas event. OpenTable were non the wiser and even sent a booking reminder in advance of my attending.

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AB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table through the App to be told I didn’t have a table reserved. It was only when I walked out that someone came running after me to offer a table once another group had finished.

I have had bad service at The Fable before.

I will not be going back as a result.

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Nice venue but unfortunately the food let down our experience. People who ordered burgers were the only ones who were happy with their food.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came to The Fable for my birthday meal on Saturday and I'm so glad I chose here! The cocktails and food were delicious (especially the steak!) and Connor was an amazing host - funny, friendly and really helpful. I'll definitely be back and would 100% recommend this place to anyone.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice bar, with really nice service. Went there for my 30th bday and they accomodated all my requests (even brought me my fruit GF cake :)
Really recommend

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MB
London
285 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Greeted by your lovely front desk hostess with a smile and positive attitude. This makes a difference.

The food was excellent. The service fast and efficient.

Thank you

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SR
London
59 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very enjoyable brunch here on Saturday. It is a beautiful quirky restaurant (mind you don’t get lost in the toilets!) serving delicious food by friendly staff. I booked an 11:00 brunch for three friends and myself but when we arrived the kitchens had no gas so they asked if we could return at 12:00. We agreed not realising that everything is closed in the City at the weekend! Nonetheless we managed to hang around and when we returned to the restaurant they were very kind to us and even provided us with complimentary food for the inconvenience. We had a chorizo scotch egg, eggs benedict and royale and chicken burgers all accompanied by a selection of their different fries. All the food we had was delicious and we were all happy and replete by the end of it. The staff did not know, but it was actually my birthday that day and they made it a very lovely occasion. I would definitely recommend The Fable and look forward to visiting again.

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a business breakfast

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MB
London
285 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from the friendly staff

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PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Ordered the Thai Sirloin salad. No sirloin so they used ribeye which was fine by me however, the salad was basically flavourless leaves drenched in oil. Nothing Thai about it whatsoever. Poor.

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G
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my second time here and it was just as great as the first. Sat upstairs this time, which was perfect for a group of 8 people at 6pm, as it can get very busy and noisy downstairs. Staff were attentive and the food was excellent. Looking forward to going back soon.

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SH
London
25 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

large table so had to wait for food, definitely not the usual standard

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LL
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, the burgers were all amazing, and the table with the stacks of books as the backdrop was creative.

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c
London
55 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a very decent meal here; nothing exceptional, but two tasty and generous salads. My fregola was a little cold and seemed like it had possibly just come from the fridge, but it was reasonably generously furnished with chicken. Service (esp for drinks) was a little slow, especially considering it was a quietish Monday, but all were polite and friendly. Would go back if the situation was right, though not rushing out of my way to so.

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N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good location, good size, good venue for a staff team meal, which is what this booking was. Fun night out.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Really disappointed with our meal here. Our main meal arrived 5 mins after we ordered it so i doubt it was freshly made. it certainly tasted bland and was a very measly portion for the price. The dessert was not as described and burnt! there was a private event upstairs and i'm sure the kitchen was more concerned with catering for this than the clients in the restaurant. It was nice that the staff didn't rush us through the evening but i had to ask for the dessert menu myself eventually because they just didn't give us any notice.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our lunch here. Virgin cocktails were excellent and we had great service in nice surroundings.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here for a book club meeting - how apt! The Fable boasts a beautiful ambience decorated with lots of greenery and literature quotes. The service was amazing, better than your average restaurant in London. The food left a bit to be desired - pass on the pancakes and instead go for a dessert!

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z
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter showed my self to one table and the other members of my meeting to another table around the corner ... they were both under my name! It took a while to realise and was 25 minutes into lunch.

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t
London
82 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Fable is a great place to meet for breakfast, opens early & does a good selection of breakfast options.

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Z
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a business dinner here. It was not the cheapest place around, but it was open and had space for us after having briefly gone to a pub nearby. The menu choices for the people on our team was very good; we had a vegan diner and they were very accommodating. They even let one diner "take away" the incomplete meal (leftovers); providing a plate, foil and a bag to take it home. Very nice place; great service and a good atmosphere. Only drawback was they wouldn't let us sit in the "fabled" table (a table that was made out of books!

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GR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, delicious overall an amazing place for food, service, vibe!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always..

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FM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We went to Fable for a pre xmas lunch and as expected it was fairly busy (was almost empty as we left by 2 though). We really enjoyed ourselves and the atmosphere was great, but there were three things that would stop me coming again:
1- As a restaurant in the city serving lunch, they should be better prepared at fast service so that it fits within a 1 hour lunch break (our food got served 50 minutes after we arrived).

2- DO NOT ORDER THE BURGERS! The brioche buns get delivered frozen, and aren't fully defrosted when served. The first burger we got was sent back as it was still frozen solid in the middle, so all the rest were then over grilled (slightly burnt, but still cold). I had the chicken burger and it wasn't very nice as a whole- I would not recommend it at all (even if the bun was properly heated). FYI the fish and chips seemed to go down well (and I can recommend the sweet potato fries).

3- Billing after seemed to be an issue. I appreciate it's a pain to split bills (there were 9 of us), but either state that you don't accept it or don't make a fuss. Our waitress was at first ok with it, but then kept trying to split the remainder to make it easier/faster- which was not appreciated and caused an argument. She was insistent on charging someone £25, despite him only having a no-so-great burger (no booze). It only got resolved when I stood in and said she needed to continue charging us individually, and then it was my responsibility to count up the rest to ensure that everything was paid- instead of her telling me how much remained on the rest of the bill...

Despite being a short walk from my office, I won't be coming back here unless I can help it.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience and good service but food wasn't great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant had a great table for 22 of us ready at 6:30. The wine service was good. The food was average - the sausages and mash was pretty poor; we pre-ordered 2 weeks in advance and they had still run out of a starter for one of my guests so he had to have something else. Bearing in mind this was a Christmas meal during mid-December, they were blaring out uk chart pop tunes very loudly rather than Christmas tunes, so ambience was rather lacking.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday meal and they accommodated well for my vegan friends, the staff were fab and the food was delicious. Great value for money and the decor inside is super cosy and welcoming! Defintely give it a go!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and food was delicious. The portions are very generous, which is refreshing for a restaurant in the city. Prices are quite reasonable given the quality of food, service and ambience.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and comfort food

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l
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great specials - we both ordered fish from there and both choices were good and decent value. It was busy in there and the service was on the ball

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k
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We were a large table of 12. The service was not very attentive and the food service was slow. However another friends joined us late and they quickly served him a main course.
I feel they need more waiters during busy periods.
Food was good and reasonably priced.

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l
Kent
116 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is done out in a lovely style. Staff and great, warm and attentive. Menu is varied and will give the widest range of people something to eat. However, the food is a little average. It seems like (i can't know this of course) that much is pre-prepared and heated up..or bought in. So i got a sense that i could have bought a heat and eat from a supermarket and been in a similar position food wise.

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