THE FOLLY - REVIEW - 18TH MAY 2012
The Folly is a very intriguing place to visit. It is a huge venue comprising of two floors with three bar areas and a large restaurant space. Everywhere you look, there is something to capture your interest; pots of mint on tables in the bar and pots of basil on tables in the restaurant instead of flowers, birdcages hanging from trees, plant pot lights above the long dining tables and tea lights in retro teacups in the centre of tables. The Folly is like a secret indoor garden and it’s very up Dotty Dishes street.
The night we went, on a Friday at 7pm, was probably not the best night to go - based near Monument station right slap bang in the city, it was of course busy full of business people for after work drinks. And when I say busy, it was heaving. But, that shows that The Folly is a popular place to go and with a venue as big as this, that’s pretty impressive to be full to the brim. For just the two of us though, it was a bit too noisy but I can imagine it would be fantastic on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to sit and relax with a group of friends.
The crowds didn’t dampen our evening though. As soon as we arrived, we were placed at the front of the smaller upstairs bar in cute wooden seats covered with fake fur rugs and given a fantastic cocktail menu. The choice is endless and the cocktails are so quirky and unique, with some coming in teapots and even two beer cocktails, which I hadn’t seen anywhere before. We chose a ‘Paris Flower’ (elderflower liqueur, long beach chenin blanc, english apple juice and mint with soda water) and one of the beer cocktails a ‘Dark & Pour Me’ (Beck’s Vier, Kraken spiced rum, ginger syrup and fresh lime juice shaken with angostura bitters). Both were long and refreshing and the ‘Dark & Pour Me’ came in a cute jam jar beaker whilst the ‘Paris Flower’ came in a vase style glass with the measurments and recipe on.
After our cocktails, we moved to the dining room and were seated at a big table with an old fashioned candelabra lighting it up, and decided on some nibbles to share over a wine and beer. We chose the Superfood Flatbread, Antipasto Board and some Cowboy Fries with honey, chilli and garlic. The flatbread was generously topped with chunks of butternut squash, cubes of goats cheese, pecans, red onions and spinach and the flatbread gave it all a kick with the flecks of chilli in the dough. The antipasto board came on a wooden board topped with a great selection of meats, some fresh focaccia, plump olives, artichokes and sundried tomatoes. The chips came in a tin camping style cup and were really tasty with the dressing giving a very mourish BBQ taste.
The Folly is a great place to visit with a big group of friends as it has a really fun vibe and due to it’s size, I can imagine of a week night or weekend afternoon, you’d have no problem getting a table. I loved the attention to detail across the whole place and they mix vintage and modern decor and accessories really well. The cocktails are delicious (I loved the quirky teapot idea) and the menu is hugely varied ranging from nibbles to burgers to salads and much more, and all reasonably priced.
I am also taking one of their ideas home with me - my dining table is now definitely going to feature a tea light in a teacup or two!
The Folly is one of a few bars by the same owner and I’ll definitely aim to sample The Refinery, The Parlour, The Drift and The Anthologist soon!
Dotty Dishes was a guest of The Folly.
The Folly, 41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT.