Nestled in a dark 19th century building, Wildebeest is a warm and inviting sanctuary for the stylish and tasteful. Make a reservation, as its meat-centric, farmhouse fair draws a crowd that means it’s usually booked for dinner. The exposed brick backdrop is lit by naked, soft and low light bulbs - it’s natural and sparse with rustic touches. The staff are well-mannered and well-dressed, with a clear fondness for good, vintage fashion.
Upstairs you’ll find long, communal tables next to the open plan kitchen. For the best seats in the house, head downstairs and tuck into an intimate corner of the wooden bar. It’s atmospheric, dotted with warm candles in mason jars, accented by dried flowers. Friday and Saturday are the busiest nights - the vibe is relaxed, with laid back, indie electronica in the background. The cocktail list is stunning; BarChick recommends the Horseradish Sour and the Bartender’s Handshake. The wine bar offers a wide variety of beautiful wines by the glass, thanks to the ‘By the Glass’ machine. The fare at Wildebeest is focused on whole-animal cookery, with organic, locally raised meat and produce prepared in a simple, yet innovative way. If you fancy being taken by fancy, find your way to Wildebeest.