You might wonder about going to a bar and restaurant named for an infamous 18th century courtesan. But it speaks to the olde world charm of Kitty Fisher’s; all dark wooden panelling, plump upholstery, and leather. Plus, after a few sips of the “Bad Kitty” cocktail – gin, sloe gin, elderflower, lemon and cava – you’ll be firmly on Team Kitty anyway.
Kitty Fisher’s is found in Shepherd Market, an 18th century square in Mayfair, offering a menu of charcoal- and wood-grilled wonders. While using well-sourced local ingredients, the menu skews Spanish, with a few British sensibilities mixed in for good measure. There are dishes like Iberico pork with hispi cabbage, apple and wild garlic. Duck croquettes with a pea aioli. And beetroot with Dorstone goat’s cheese and walnut ketchup.
Here, things are pickled, whipped, and seared to perfection. And then washed down with a fantastically-potent cocktail or a bottle from the curated wine cellar (put together with offerings from Les Caves de Pyrenes, Berry Bros and O.W. Loeb). It’s no wonder that this restaurant was on everyone’s to-visit list when it opened, from prime ministers to celebrities. And still is today. Much like its namesake, Kitty Fisher’s is infamous – and for good reason.