I haven’t talked about my BBQ obsession for a while, so giving Pitt Cue Co a mention is long overdue – particularly as some have rated it as the best BBQ in London!
I headed over for lunch with a colleague last week, and we ensconced ourselves on the outdoor communal dining table. This was a very smart move for two reasons: (1) If you head to Pitt Cue Co for dinner between Thursday and Saturday, one thing is for sure: there will be a long queue – lunch is the best bet for the queue-phobic, for sure; (2) There’s limited outdoor seating space, but what there is is lovely – sunny and in the trendy Newburgh Quarter just off Carnaby.
Making a name for themselves in a shiny silver food van under a bridge on Southbank a few years back, the Pitt Cue team have honed their craft and definitely deliver.
The menu is short and simple – there’s basically a choice of ribs, pulled pork and sausage, plus sides. Jon and I ordered two pulled pork meals with sides of bone marrow mash and garlic-y mushrooms. White wine spritzers upped the sophistication – though I did have my eye on the bourbon line up behind the bar. If it had been a little later in the day it would have been Pickle Back shooters, obviously!
Served in blue-rimmed enamel trays with a pickle and some bread for mopping up the juices, the food was rich and hearty. The meat was juicy, the marrow mash was a flavour explosion, and the dessert menu (which changes almost daily) was super tempting.
We paid up (~£35 for two people including drinks) and I went to check out the interior. The upstairs bar is small, with high stools for diners along the net-curtained windows and a ceiling-ful of swinging pendant lights.
Or you can sit in the tiny restaurant downstairs (space for about a dozen diners) – basic, homely interior design which suits the comfort food they serve down to the ground.
Best BBQ in London? I’m not sure it quite beats The Joint in Brixton for me, but it gives it a darn good run for its money, and I’ll certainly be back – and not just for the bourbon!
Pitt Cue Co
1 Newburgh Street, Soho, W1F 7RB
Photos: Paul Winch-Furness