Pitt Cue Co: Casual BBQ restaurant in Soho

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!
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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.
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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.
Pitt Cue Co food van, Southbank | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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!
Bar at Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Bourbon at Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pickle Backs at Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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.
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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.
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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.
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
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 | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co | BBQ restaurant in Soho | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pitt Cue Co
1 Newburgh Street, Soho, W1F 7RB
Photos: Paul Winch-Furness