It’s an unassuming building that sits on the corner of Newburgh Street and Ganton Street. A sort-of dirty green-brown facade with net curtains at the window and not even a name above the door, but don’t let this fool you. This is one of the hottest places in town, with an average wait of over an hour for a table as a testament to its popularity (the fact that there are hardly any seats could also be a factor). The Pitt Cue adventure started last year from the more humble setting of a van under Hungerford Bridge set up by two friends serving all manner of BBQ’d meats up to punters hungry for some good ole American BBQ. Now established in bricks and mortar, things have become a little more refined, but the charm still remains, as does the great food. Taking my chances, and preparing for a long wait, I decided to head down there on a Friday evening.
Cocktail with the bar tab sheep
Who goes here:
Not many people at a time! After an hour wait for a table (which we spent happily sitting in the bar sampling cocktails) we descended to the restaurant, which can’t have been bigger that an average living room. There are about 20 seats organised with Tetris precision around wooden tables so prepare to get cosy! We were sharing a table with another couple of 20-somethings, but it was very much a cosy rather than cramped atmosphere.
Pulled pork and marrow mash. Image Credit: The Londonist
Why you’ll want to visit:
Pulled pork, mash and ‘slaw don’t come much better than this. And an extra pot of ribs for the table at £4- don’t mind if I do! The other food looked amazing as well so I don’t think you can go far wrong menu-wise.
What to look out for:
Any of the cocktails are well worth a try, but it is the ‘Pickleback’ that is the most unusual. It is a shot of bourbon chased with a shot of pickle juice. I wasn’t that adventurous, but the couple next to us seemed to enjoy theirs. Maybe next time.
When to go:
We arrived at 6.30 on a Friday evening and were seated within an hour- best to arrive as early as you can as the wait only gets longer as the evening goes on. There is also a lunch service which is slightly less busy.
How to find it:
Deep in the heart of Soho: 1 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RB. Oxford Circus is the nearest Tube station.
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