Pub with Good Food: The Beehive

Posted by Krista on July 8, 2008

The Beehive
126 Crawford St
Tel: 020 7486 8037

Date of Last Visit: Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Victims: Rutton, Richard, Jose

The Damage: I forget. £30ish? I really should keep better track of this. I’m sorry.

The Background: So way back when we went to Coco Momo, I was trying to remember the name of the new restaurant in Marylebone that started with a B. It was either The Botanist or The Beehive and I was–peversely–nowhere near an Internet connection so Coco Momo it was.

And then when I went to The Duke of Wellington, I thought again of this mysterious restaurant that started with a B. And there it was as I walked down Crawford Street.

So when Rutton suggested a dinner in town, The Beehive it was. Plus, we need to be sensitve to transport costs and our unemployed friend and Marylebone-ite, Richard. We’ve been seeing a lot of Richard since he and his employer parted ways. In just a few weeks, he’s also lost five+ years from his outward appearance. It’s truly amazing.

The Entrance: I am (surprise!) early. About 10 minutes so. I’ve brought Time Out to keep me occupied. But as I enter The Beehive, who do I see but Richard AND Rutton. Drinking Sancerre. Eating hummous. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought them a couple. Jose is not so very late. It’s a very rare moment, me, not sitting around, not playing with my phone.

So then I think about myself, sitting at a nice table in a nice pub with nice food, surrounded by three very nice and very handsome men, and I think to myself, life is good. (None are single or romantically uncomplicated if you’re wondering.)

The Food: The boys split the côte de bœuf, three-ways. I opt for a chicken dish with a mysterious name that basically means it’s served in tomato sauce. And with chips. An odd and slightly pedestrian combination, but I go for it anyhow. Richard admires the river of blood swimming around the côte de bœuf while I dig into my dish, which looks bland and uninteresting in comparison to the massacre (in a good way) of meat next to me.

But surprise, surprise. The chicken is nice. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Almost like it’s been boiled in a bag and then pan-friend? I should have asked. The tomato sauce packs a nice and juicy punch. The chips are just chips. But that doesn’t stop any of us from eating them.

The Loos: Decently clean. I’ve seen far, far worse. This was above average.

The Service: Excellent. Good tips, good info on the menu. Knew the wine list. Rutton blew my cover at the end though. (Rutton, you MUST stop doing that.)

The Verdict: Richard said he’d go back. This says a lot. He has pretty excellent taste. For an unemployed guy.

Some Other Thoughts: As I was titling this post, I couldn’t decide to call The Beehive a Gastropub or not. It just doesn’t feel right, calling it a gastropub. It seems more like a pub with food, but pricier than a regular pub with food. The Guardian’s Word of Mouth Blog had a post along these lines last week. I don’t know. You tell me.

Oh yes, and here’s a shameless plug, you can read this little profile of me over at Delicious Magazine Online…

7 Responses to “Pub with Good Food: The Beehive”

  1. sarah
    Jul 08, 2008

    Well done on your mention by Delicious.

  2. Katie
    Jul 08, 2008

    I really like your blog!

    I live in the US & I dream of traveling abroad. How did you make the decision to live full-time in the UK?

  3. Lizzie
    Jul 08, 2008

    Nice profile! (I’ve linked you on my blog BTW, hope you don’t mind).

  4. Fabulous article and what a great photo! Well done Krista!

  5. Nice profile in Delicious–congrats!

  6. Ally
    Jul 19, 2008

    I enjoy reading your blog– as an expat I am amazed at the poor quality and service Londoners endure when it comes to eating out. I’m always on the lookout for a decent place, but I admit I cook all the time now. I’ve had to learn!

    When you quote prices is that for the group or just your meal? Admittedly I only eat at the cheapest places because London is so expensive!

  7. Krista
    Jul 19, 2008

    Hi Ally
    I try to quote per person…sometimes I might quote the full amount, but I’ll try to note that it was for X people. The Beehive was definitely £30ish each though…even though Richard is unemployed, he still likes his vino.

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