As many of London's restauranteurs continue to move away from the stuffy seatings and frou-frou heritage of tasting menu culture, it's refreshing to experience more creative, inclusive takes popping up across the capital.
Located on Clerkenwell's Rosebery Avenue, The Drunken Butler is helmed by chef restauranteur Yuma Hashemi, who brings culinary inspiration from his own globe-trotting travels to influence his oft-evolving menu. The space is delightfully eclectic, combining Hashemi's own family heirlooms with an Aladdin's cave of antique shop finds, whilst the artwork adorning the walls, showing work by both emerging and established artists, changes regularly.
From Wednesday to Saturday, diners can choose between a six-course tasting menu (£95, with wine pairing for £90 extra) or the interactive £140 Chef's Table served for just two or three guests at the kitchen counter. Accommodating a maximum of 20 covers per night, diners also have the luxury of having their table for the entire evening, rather than the "two hour max" policy adopted by so many restaurants. However, come Sunday, proceedings become more relaxed still with an Iranian-themed "Persian Feast" served for both lunch and dinner.