The location: Exmouth Market.
The spec: A shaby chic trendy bar with a modern European menu. The miss-matched chairs and tables outside offer a view of the street life on Exmouth market, and there's also a garden out back. The name (and probably the sign) date back to the butcher shop which used to occupy the spot nearly a century ago.
The refreshing cold pea soup with a creamy dollop of sour cream.
The marinated baby squid with chorizo and frisee salad (£6)
The Welsh rarebit (£4.50) -- bit burnt, and lacking in flavour (it could do with a stronger cheddar).
The fatty lamb rump (17.75).
The verdict: Nice spot for a drink and a snack, but a bit too hit and miss on the food.
Medcalf, 40 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE; Tel. 020 7833 3533; Tube: Angel; www.medcalfbar.co.uk
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