REVIEW: Boxcar, Marylebone
WHAT? A stylish butcher, baker and no, not a candlestick maker, but a deli too. Open for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks, here you’ll find a neighbourhood butcher’s shop with an in-house restaurant, where meat is 100% grass fed and sourced from Mount Grace Farm in Yorkshire.
Upon entering, you’ll find the butcher fridge brimming with lamb, beef and pork to choose from, an array of beautiful cuts perfect for taking home for a special occasion.
Pick up some Cumberland sausages to make the most of a lazy Sunday morning at home, or 28-day aged steaks to impress at a dinner party, all with helpful advice from resident butcher George (who you can chat to from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm).
The idea is that with the help fo Boxcar, you can buy local, more often – any orders can be collected up to 10pm. Animal welfare and husbandry is a big deal, ensured by a small team who really care about where your food comes from. If you’ve time to stop and eat, you’ll see this ethos is embodied in the menu, served up in the beautifully decorated back of the restaurant, filled with greenery and minimal wooden seating under a fully-opening skylight.
Sausage rolls are handmade (served as starters alongside salmon tartare, heritage tomato salad and smoked haddock Scotch egg) and stand-out dishes centre around the meats.
Try the Boxcar burger (45-day aged rare breed beef), smothered with beetroot relish and Boxcar burger sauce plus pickles and semi-dried tomatoes, or the Boxcar steak (28-day aged Hereford sirloin, best served with a side of confit potatoes with burnt onion ketchup and old Winchester). You’re welcome to ask your waiter about the butcher’s cut of the day, eating it there and then or taking it home for another time.
We adored the roast dinner, visiting on a Sunday, and can highly recommend both the 28-day aged Galloway beef with parsnip puree (and a hefty Yorkshire pudding) drizzled with bone marrow gravy, and Gloucester Old Spot pork, served with cider and maple turnips, crackling and a thick pork gravy. At £19 each, these are served with roast potatoes and seasonal veg, though side options include minted peas with broad beans and baby gem lettuce, a summer superfood salad or grilled courgette and sweetcorn.
ANYTHING ELSE? Every Saturday in June they’re offering bottomless Prosecco for two hours (10am-4pm) with any main breakfast or lunch, £19 per person. What’s more, an all-day bakery, store & deli will soon open in Wyndham Place, so more Londoners can enjoy this excellent showcase of the best British seasonal produce.
DETAILS: 23 New Quebec Street, London,W1H 7SD, United Kingdom / firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3006 7000
Amy was a guest of Boxcar