The Grazing Goat is located in the south west/Marble Arch end of Marylebone on New Quebec Street – this quiet street provides the setting for a smart but cozy feeling pub – although officially a public house and always appearing a popular watering hole with the Marylebone after-work crowd, The Grazing Goat really feels more like a restaurant than what might traditionally be called a ‘pub’.
We arrived at about 7.30pm on a Sunday evening expecting a few locals in for dinner or a quiet drink – The Grazing Goat was completely full and a little hectic. It’s possible to reserve a table in the upstairs dining room, but we had decided to eat in the main bar downstairs. We were left to stand by the bar somewhat awkwardly as members of staff brushed past laden with plates and as the restaurant was tactically rearranged to fit in those still looking for their dinner. About 15 minutes passed – not too long for busy restaurant standards – but the lack of communication was a little frustrating – a brief update as to when we might be seated would have been nice, instead we couldn’t help but feel a little ignored. Having youthful looks means I often feel lower on the priority list than other older, wiser looking customers but remember, you never know who you’re serving!
Rant over – and on to the good. The staff here are smiley and friendly – our waiter was very pleasant to deal with. The crowd seemed to vary – from girls having cocktails, to tourists, to first dates, to whole families – The Grazing Goat is an all rounder in this respect.
The menu is fairly simple and has a trendy gastro pub feel to it – meaning of course that plates are replaced with slabs of wood or slate and everything seems to come in a little pot of some kind. The burger that I had was great, stacked nice and high with all kinds of goodness in a nigh perfect bun (the make or break of a good burger). It wasn’t large by any standards and the accompanying chips were also leaning on the side of sparse, although thick, crunchy and tasty all the same. The fish and chips chosen by my company for the evening also received a good review, although again comments were heard regarding portion sizes. Maybe we’re just greedy.
In terms of cost, a meal and a drink at The Grazing Goat it likely to come to around, or a little over, the £20 per head mark once you’ve also rewarded the friendly waiting staff. For the area, this isn’t bad, but its not cheap either and maybe this is why we expected a little more from the portion sizes.
All in all The Grazing Goat was a great place for a warm and comforting Sunday night meal. In a dimly lit, elegant but homely feeling pub with good company, a cold pint of Kronenbourg and of course good food, The Grazing Goat is certainly worth a visit.
6 New Quebec Street
Nearest tube: Marble Arch
Phone: 020 7724 7243
Visit website: The Grazing Goat