Monday, 16 February 2015


This Valentines my boyfriend and I hadn't planned a fancy meal in the Merchant, and we were really just looking to grab a bite somewhere low-key before a night on the tiles, and AlleyCat really hit the spot for us.
We arrived shortly after 6, and greeted at the doorway by upbeat staff before being seated straight away (which we were not expecting as it was reasonably busy).

We ordered a cocktail-teapot from their drinks menu (which was enough to fill up both our cups a few times, which worked out well), before ordering food from the super cute american diner style menu. I was sort of worried that my bacon-hating vegetarian other half could be a bit stuck as Alley-Cat prides itself on being in the meaty burger business (I mean, there was a burger called the Piginator..) - but they had a little selection of burgers and plenty of vege-friendly sides.

In the end I opted for the SGT Pepper Chicken Burger (bacon, mushrooms, onions..oh Christ that bad boy was good) & Kit got 'The Moroccan' (a spicy chick pea, pepper and grilled halloumi burger) along with fries on the side. And the Aioli Dip - I could talk about it for days; best frigging garlic dip ever.

After dinner we proceeded to order more funky cocktails (in lieu of dessert) and enjoyed the surrounding decor (even in the bathroom) and soundtrack of AlleyCat. Laura Marling, Dirty Projectors, Foy Vance...who ever was in charge of the ipod, deserves a raise.

It was the perfect way to kick off our night together and I will definitely be back again for some more garlic dip and popping-candy cocktails. 

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