The Fable

4.2
164 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Fun
  • Brunch

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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British, European
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Wed 07:00–00:00
Thu, Fri 07:00–01:00
Sat 09:00–01:00
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Phone number
0845 468 0105
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Farringdon Tube Station
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 164 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.1
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3.8
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MB
London
284 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
58 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
284 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from the friendly staff

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PM
London
3 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
17 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
9 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
3 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
49 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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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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CR
London
2 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
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
6 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
7 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
6 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
109 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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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Connor gave amazing service and really made my birthday extra special . all the staff were very attending x

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n
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Booked for ny friend's hen do. Everyone very happy with food. Staff very attentive and polite!

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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NW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very friendly and good atmosphere for relaxed lunch. Didn't like repeated attempts to upsell.

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l
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great but really noisy so not good for a catch up meal. Food nice but not sure I'll go again

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, good choice on the menu and very attentive staff

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DY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Check it out!

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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!

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AJ
London
89 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 :-)

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OA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and vibe. Will definitely be back.

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ME
London
22 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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...

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