Nestled just behind Victoria, sits the No. 11 Pimlico Road bar and eatery. Honestly, you can’t miss it! I was totally “instagrammer”-ing all over the front of No. 11 Pimlico as it’s adorned with hanging white flowers which makes for a wonderful experience from the get go. I was invited in with warm arms to explore No.11 and what they have to offer as a local, neighbourhood bar.
The layout of the bar is quite distinctly set up as a bar area, restaurant seating, and a little strip of middle ground in the middle – with long bars, and individual stool type seating dotted about. There was an event on at No.11 on the night we visited, so we decided to settle down on a small table towards the back of the restaurant to take in the atmosphere. Marble table tops and scattered succulents definitely appeal to my blogger-tastes, and the exposed industrial aesthetics tick all of my boxes.
As soon as I saw the words “Watermelon Sour” (£11.00) on the No. 11 Pimlico menu, I knew I had to have it. For good reason too, it was wonderfully delicate yet still packing that fresh, natural watermelon flavour working well with the Ciroc Summer Colada Vodka (so yummy) which makes for a tropical paradise in a glass. My boyfriend ordered the Rhubarb Julep (£10.50) as rhubarb is his weakness, which was sharp and tangy. He also noted that the rich rhubarb flavour lingered in the cocktail for longer than most! The presentation was also worth noting, the massive chunk of watermelon in my drink was so instagrammble.
I’m skipping ahead here, but the starters were by far the best dishes we were served at No.11 Pimlico. They were 100% the stars of the show, and Alix & I were even talking about how succulent and moreish the Sticky Short Rip Bites (£7.50) were days after we dined at No.11. I ordered the Crispy Polenta Squid (£7.95), and could have happily eaten a massive portion for my main meal.
Believe it or not, I’ve never ordered Mussels (£15.95) at a restaurant – so when in Pimlico, right? We both decided on a seafood main as it just sounded too good to pass up on. The main arrived steamy hot, with the mussels enclosed in a lidded ceramic pot, served with sides of crispy fries and toasted sourdough each. The Mussels Marinière were wonderfully cooked, with a buttery garlic broth to dip chips and/or bread in (your preference) – which made for a seriously rich, filling dish. I couldn’t finish it all, but boy did I try!
For dessert, we opted for the one-and-share policy as we were pretty stuffed from the seafood main. The Raspberry Posset (£6.95) seemed the perfect choice for a bit of tart sweetness to end a perfect dinner. With pistachio crumble dusted on top, this dessert packs the perfect punch for those with a sour preference, as well as a mixture of textures. Honestly, my and the boyf had a little spoon fight over the last few mouthfuls.
A massive thank you to our server, Andrea, who knew the menu inside out and provided top notch service as I expected. Always there to top up our water glasses, and offering more drinks or pretty much anything we wanted, his service was a delight on our evening dinner date at No.11.
Do you have a favourite seafood dish?
*I was gifted this experience, however all thoughts and opinions are my own*