Offering nine white and eight red wines in 500ml carafes brings down the bottle price into something easier to swallow, as I appreciated with the half-litre of Givry Blanc Champ Pourrot Domaine Parize 2011 at £30 rather than £45...There is a bar near the entrance for dallying with Ooh la la-Tinez or Daisy Duke, or in another mood for a quick meal of aged Scottish beef, bacon and cheese burger with a glass of Côtes du Rhone. Little Social is aptly named. On both visits I saw Atherton nip over from across the road to have a natter.
The French staff were charming, the atmosphere intimate, the cooking first-rate, the wines by the glass desirable – and, with set lunches at £25.50 for three courses, a meal here needn’t be rapaciously priced. The bistro is back with a bang.
It's not every day you can give a restaurant five stars for design and atmosphere, but Little Social's intimate room is irresistible. The food nearly gets five stars for invention, polish and presentation; and the sausage-and-beefburger heartiness that robs it of top billing is, paradoxically, one of its great attractions. Hats off to the brilliant Mr Atherton. I can't wait to see what he does with the next number in the Pollen Count.