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.
Thu, Fri 07:00–01:00
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.
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.
Very good for a business breakfast
Great service from the friendly staff
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.
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.
large table so had to wait for food, definitely not the usual standard
Lively atmosphere, the burgers were all amazing, and the table with the stacks of books as the backdrop was creative.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed our lunch here. Virgin cocktails were excellent and we had great service in nice surroundings.
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!
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.
The Fable is a great place to meet for breakfast, opens early & does a good selection of breakfast options.
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!
Excellent, delicious overall an amazing place for food, service, vibe!
Lovely as always..
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.
Nice ambience and good service but food wasn't great.
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.
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!
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.
Beautiful atmosphere and comfort food
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
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.
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.
Excellent service and excellent food.
The Fable is a lovely place for lunch or after work drinks. I've been here quite a few times as it's close to work however the only downside to it is the service can be slow at times. It does get busy in there but there always seems to be a lot of staff around so can't really understand why on several occasions it took so long waiting for the bill (last time I had to ask 3 times for it). Just think they need to keep their staff on the ball. Setting is lovely, perfect balance of not too over the top and casual. Best to make reservations as it does get busy!
Connor gave amazing service and really made my birthday extra special . all the staff were very attending x
Booked for ny friend's hen do. Everyone very happy with food. Staff very attentive and polite!
Despite it being very quiet, and plenty of staff, the service was very slow and some of the plates of food were cold, one had to be returned. Have been before which is why I recommended it, but could not do so again confidently.
The surroundings are nice with a busy ambience for a lunchtime meeting. The food was nice enough but my prawn curry was a little stingy on the prawns. Otherwise a good location for a light lunchtime business meal.
Very friendly and good atmosphere for relaxed lunch. Didn't like repeated attempts to upsell.
Service was great but really noisy so not good for a catch up meal. Food nice but not sure I'll go again
Great food and service, good choice on the menu and very attentive staff
Good food, great service. Check it out!
The fantastic staff at the Fable really went the extra mile to make our special day a wonderful and momentous occasion! I would highly recommend this restaurant for people planning a special day or event with a large group. They exceeded my expectations and were very attentive and accommodating! A huge THANK YOU to all of the team!
Great lunch at The Fable today. Really handy location for Holborn, Blackfriars, Farringdon or Clerkenwell! Food was good, service attentive, and all for a reasonable price :-)
Great food, service and vibe. Will definitely be back.
Solid place, reasonably priced for central London. A business lunch is rarely the best way to evaluate a restaurant, but the service team acknowledged our need to be brisk, the food was perfectly good and it didn't break the bank. Handy location, too...