Great food - you can bank on it!
- review added on Tue 17th Jun 2008
Now, as a devout West Ender, I sometimes feel as though I am being unfaithful to my Westerly roots when I venture further afield. However, the Bank Café Bar situated over on the south side, makes the short trip more than worth it for me.
The Bank makes an impression from the moment you step through the front door. I really like all the beautiful period details that have been cleverly tied in with chic modern interiors and the stunning stain glass ceiling dome. The place is simply full of character without being at all pretentious.
The impressive wine list, great menu and huge comfy leather sofas make it very easy to while away the hours with friends. But as yet, I’ve failed to be in the Bank without having to order a bite to eat, it all looks too good! From traditional pub grub like heaped nachos to continental style sharing platters, there’s always something that takes my fancy and it’s very reasonably priced. The tapas dishes are great for when I’m feeling a bit peckish – the spicy Spanish sausages in red wine are a personal favourite. And if I really want to go all out, mine’s a steak pie with puff pastry and chips! There goes the diet …
The Bank manages to combines the best of both worlds without trying too hard. It’s modern yet classy, the menu is traditional, but with a twist. The staff are accommodating and always up for a bit of chat which adds to the bar’s charm. Needless to say I would definitely recommend a trip to the Bank.
Very Surprised at the STAR review
- review added on Thu 4th Sep 2008
I am very surprised at the previous review.. in fact at second sight it looks a bit too professional for me...
I've been frequenting the Bank since it opened, but mostly I fear through a lack of choice in the area, being a local gal myself.
Food doesn't quite live up to the surroundings although when you complain they are quick to put it to rights, but who wants to have to complain in the first place.
Sunday Roast -dry as a bone.
Mounted nachos - I dont think so, try Beanscene for really mounted Nachos.
Potatoes, recooked it would appear, sludgy veg... need I go on?
Not entirely impressive and the waiting staff are a bit rough and ready.