Let Londonist help you celebrate one of Britain’s most cherished traditions, the Sunday Lunch.
159 Farringdon Road EC1R 3AL
0207 837 1353
12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm (Monday-Saturday)
Expect to Pay: We’ve never seen any mains listed for more than £12 on the blackboard
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Having the (dubious?) distinction of being the first pub to call itself a “gastropub,” The Eagle is the sort of place to keep in mind for special occasions and for wowing out-of-towners. It’s an equally splendiferous spot for hunkering down on any lazy, nondescript Sunday afternoon. That is, of course, if you can get there early enough to grab a table. We’ve never seen this pub empty and have rarely seen it not less than packed to the rafters. You probably wouldn’t even be alone waiting on the pavement if you showed up a bit before the doors opens at 12.30pm. Considering all the phenomenal pubs within crawling distance of the mighty Eagle, its popularity is a real testament to how brilliant this place is.
The Eagle’s menu skews gloriously toward Spanish, but they do proper British dishes and more as well (don’t worry – you can get your roast and Yorkshire pudding fix here). On our last visit, we were shocked to find how quickly a sampler plate of salmon, kippers, boquerones, and mackerel escabiche crustini disappeared between two diners. Soon enough, our focus shifted to devouring a perfect bowl of potaje de garbanzos. The coffee’s good and strong here and the beer is a quality selection (Staropramen please!). Service is friendly and efficient, especially given how strapped they usually are.
All we can say is go. And if you get there before Londonist, save us a seat!
Photography by Chris Osburn © 2008