Crocker’s Folly St John’s Wood
24 Aberdeen Place, NW8 8JR
020 7289 9898/www.crockersfolly.com
I go to a lot of new restaurants (thanks for your sympathy..) and inevitably there are a number of design clichés that keep coming up; for instance I have probably been inside enough joints with distressed walls, white tiles and filament light bulbs to last me a lifetime, but the thing that annoys me the most is the faux antique look. However with my recent visit to the newly opened Crocker’s Folly, a stunningly restored Grade II* listed Victorian gin palace, you will be pleased to hear that my finely tuned aesthetic sensibilities were in no way disturbed.
In its latest iteration the building is a Modern European restaurant owned by the Maroush group who have been supplying Lebanese food to Londoners since 1981. It sits almost hidden down a side street in St John’s Wood but Tardis-like seems much larger on the inside than the outside.
I had been invited to review alongside a hungry band of bloggers and after a refreshing glass of Duval Royal house champagne we were taken through to The Marble Room in what was once the building’s legendary saloon bar. Created from no less than 50 types of marble, it has been transformed into a spectacular dining room.