Over the years I’ve walked past Hanover Street Social countless times. Always getting it mixed up with the much more in your face frontage of The Hub having not been to any of them. It is easy to miss Hanover Street Social with its low profile black signage when you have the bright Bem Brazil and Bistro Jacques across the road. I recently noticed that the restaurant is listed in the 2013 editions of the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide so with no other ideas on one random Sunday we decided to give it a try.
The restaurant was larger than I imagined and the unassuming entrance masks how big it is inside. The Sunday lunch menu is served on Sundays with a set choice of 2 or 3 courses for a modest £12.95 or £16.95. We settled for 2 courses and skipped the starters in anticipation of a mammoth roast. The roast choices were leg of lamb, sirloin of beef or pork belly. My first choice was lamb but they had sold out so I settled on the pork belly.
My pork belly came with roast potatoes, apple sauce and gravy. My dining partner opted for the beef and requested it pink but it came just a little overdone, the beef came with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Accompanying the roasts was a small medley of carrots, green beans and cauliflower. At first I thought we would get one each due to the size but it was to share. We noticed a lone diner with a veg portion nearly the same size as ours. The pork belly was divine with the apple sauce although the roasties could have been more crispy as they were a tad hard but fluffy on the inside. The veg was handy to mop up the gravy and to fulfil some of my 5 a day quota.
Having skipped the starter I had my eye on the chocolate brownie with raspberry ripple ice cream and it did not disappoint. It was warm and satisfyingly indulgent that went down very well. On the other side of the table the mango and passion fruit Eton mess would be better described as a sundae. Overall I enjoyed the lunch and would be tempted to try the full menu next time.