Telling Fables

The Fox & The Crow, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Tortoise & the Hare… just when you thought these were only children’s fairytales, it appears that they have magically come alive in the very fabric of interior design.  From my discovery of the Happenstance, which I used for my digital review shoot, I then stumbled across the The Fable. Only opening last month this space is certainly eye candy for the interior hungry. But is it almost too good to be true?

Of course not! This fable is indeed true. With a great mix of literature, nature and innovative interiors this scheme surprised me at every turn. Inspired by the very fairytales and Aesop fables we all know and love, this Farringdon based restaurant has a backdrop, which dates back to 15th Century. What I loved about this space is the gorgeous roll top bath located next to the in-house florist courtesy of Quintessentially Flowers. Whether you want to use this space as a mini hang-out or for a private party, this little nook can be cornered off allowing you to have a more flexible and private use of space.

I also have to talk about the centre-piece ‘Speaker’s Corner’ (or that’s what I’ve called it as it is adorned in great literature and fables alike). This table is indeed a show stopper and great for hosting a birthday party or celebration. I love the idea of the use of books to encase the table, slightly closing it off from the rest of the diners.

As I explored this fascinating space (feeling like Alice in Wonderland) I discovered the fable library! Housed on the top floor, this is a nice chill-out pit stop, perfect for reading writing, quiet drinking or for creating your next big idea. 

I really liked how within the design the designers have sourced the best of British. As a designer myself you can easily spot the House of Hackney wallpaper, Tom Dixon lighting and Mulberry-upholstered chairs. This is also paired with the Ever After Gift Shop, curated and styled by former Telegraph fashion editor Lulu Anderson.

So what about the taste of the fable? I must admit I was pleasantly spoilt for choice. From cocktails such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Fairy Godmother and the Princess in the Tower there is plenty of enchanting drinks & mocktails to choose from. My personal tip for anyone taking a trip to this amazing venue would be to opt for the Lobster & Parmesan Croquettes and the steak as a main – it was to die for. The menu however, does have a surprisingly wide choice for vegetarians too.

The Verdict:

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, a sharp whimsical twist and the best of British I would strongly recommend a visit to the Fable. Whether you want to nip in for a quick coffee or a catch-up over dinner with friends or even a celebratory dinner, this place surely has that charismatic wow-factor.

The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

www.thefablebar.co.uk 

Lead Photographer:  Aima Yusaf Jamal

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