I wanted to combine our last trip to the Almeida Theatre with a pre-theatre dinner deal. I set about researching on the internet for restaurants offering reasonably priced deals which weren’t too far away from the theatre. The Almeida restaurant was too expensive for our budget; but, surprisingly, Frederick’s was the only other name that came up in my searches which suited our criteria. There are restaurants aplenty on Upper Street and I was a little surprised that not many offered pre-theatre deals to sweep up the theatre visiting crowd.
We arrived at Frederick’s at 6 pm and were immediately impressed with the way the restaurant looked. The front half of the restaurant looked very much like a cosy French brasserie while the back had a distinctly modern look to it. The art deco styled restrooms were a lovely touch that exuded class.
It took the manager of the restaurant longer than necessary to find our reservation; and he was also a tad patronising to us. We felt as if we were unwanted guests. Once we were taken to our table, the service became much more agreeable; the waiting staff were charming and efficient. It wasn’t too busy but had enough diners to create a buzz. The pre-theatre menu, which changes every month, was varied enough to cater to a wide range of tastes. What was particularly lovely was that if you weren’t massively hungry, you could order two starters from the pre-theatre menu and be charged for the two starters rather than the fixed price. I chose two starters – cauliflower soup and a salad while my other half had fish cakes for starters and a roast lamb for his mains. The food was delicious and was promptly served. Their wine list offered a good range of wines by the glass. Our total bill, including two glasses of wine, came to £37.
The delay at the beginning and at the end – there was a queue of people waiting for their coats and bags – meant that we left the restaurant at 7:15 pm. It’s a 10 minute walk to the theatre so we arrived with just enough time to grab a programme and some water before taking our seats.
Pre-theatre dinner menu: 2 courses at £15.50 and 3 courses at £19.