115 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PP
London restaurant Baranis and Cigalon is an upstairs, downstairs affair with a Southern French emphasis. Both housed in a magnificent former auction house on London's central Chancery Lane, Baranis is the bar found downstairs in the basement and the London restaurant Cigalon is on the ground floor. The London restaurant, named after the 1935 Marcel Pagnol film, with its double height dining room, glass ceiling, reed fences and singing cicada, transport you effortlessly to St Tropez.
The restaurant's open kitchen offers lively entertainment in the effortlessly elegant and intimate setting. With secluded booths and cosy banquettes it is the perfect London restaurant for business lunches and romantic dinners or for something even more exclusive you can book their private dining room seating 8 guests. The restaurants menu proudly shows off its southern roots with dishes such as roasted suckling pig belly with caramelised peach and butternut squash and what better way to complete your meal with the Goats & Ewe Cheese Selection accompanied by a Violet Jelly.
For a more informal setting, London bar, Baranis offers a laidback vibe located in the atmospheric, old vaulted cellars where discreet booths, exposed brickwork and the UK's only indoor graveled pétanque court (for playing the southern version of boules) make it the perfect London bar to sample bespoke cocktails, with flavours normally only found in France, made with farigoule, rinquinquin and génépi – liqueurs flavoured with thyme, peach and herbs, respectively.
The menu follows suit with a fine assortment of charcuterie and cheese. All of this whilst playing a game of pétanque makes London's bustling city seem like a million miles away!