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“A cut above”
Review of Habit

Ranked #11,542 of 24,122 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$21 - US$35
Cuisines: European, British
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: City of London
Description: Situated close to Fenchurch Street and Tower Hill Underground stations, The Habit is a treasure trove of antique wine artefacts, all of which contribute to its welcoming atmosphere. The menu features popular British classics, made with carefully sourced ingredients, while the wine list, which is curated by Davy's Wine Merchants has wines from around the world, but with a focus on the classic regions of France. For those booking for larger parties, various spaces are available for private meals and drinks receptions.
Reviewed 4 July 2013

This Davy's wine bar is underneath Friary Court, an unusual "quarter moon" shaped 1980s office building (hence the name - get tit?). You cannot miss it, because it's pink! There is a "sit down" restaurant area which I have never used, but I visit the wine bar regularly at lunch time with a group of friends. We tend to sit down for several bottles of wine plus sandwiches, chips and mini sausages, which banishes the hunger pangs very effectively. The house Rioja is a favourite with us at just over £20 per bottle and the sandwich variety is good. Whilst not huge, there is plenty of room for groups from 2 - 6 to stand or sit. Trying to sit a group of more than 6 would be tricky though. We usually book a table, although that isn't essential unless there are a lot of you. As mentioned by another reviewer, access is down a narrow staircase, so not recommended to anyone who struggles with stairs. This aside, The Habit, is a cut above the usual Davy's wine bare and good competition for others in that market.

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Reviewed 14 May 2013

This is probably the best of the Davy's chain in the City. Yes its down steep stairs, inaccessible to people with walking difficulties, and yes the chairs are on the tight side unless you are an average build, but the food, service and beers are worth going for,

They do serve traditional real ales in pewter tankards, unlike near neighbour the City Flogger (avoid if you fancy a decent pint) and the food is good quality, freshly cooked. Scotch eggs and the cheeseboard (very eclectic) are 2 specialties.

You need to book as the seating is limited and the bar does get busy at lunch times.

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1  Thank Simon_in_Leigh
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We're literally based opposite this venue so it makes for an ideal destination when entertaining clients or just continuing internal business meetings in more convivial surroundings.

Menu includes sandwiches, light bites and meals but given that I and a colleague are both on wheat-free diets, they are happy to adapt meals accordingly. We provided the bread on this occasion but they made up sandwiches and cheese on toast for us.

Food is of a high quality given the destination and reasonably priced too.

If using this venue at lunchtime during the week its advisable to book a table or standing room if you are in parties of 4 or more.

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1  Thank Steve D
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

70s prawn cocktail and a perfectly cooked steak - that's all you need to know. Great staff, fab little dining rooms for tucked away dining. Interesting beers, including 3/4 pint Sam Adams - worth a visit on a wet and windy day.

1  Thank Charlie C
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

The 'pub' part is traditional Davy's spit and sawdust type arrangement with upturned casks for tables etc. The restaurant is very nice and menu good quality. The wine list is typical Davy's and so very good quality own brand wines. Look out for the Welsh Rarebit and the Scotch Eggs, they're both amazing!!!

1  Thank jandrewsesq
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