Flack: (saving) on expenses - Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1

Reviewer: Xanthe Vaughan Williams, director, Fourth Day PR

- What is it good for?

Lunches with people who are tired of big flashy restaurants and can appreciate a bit of wonky wooden charm. It retains a nice feel for its origins as a 19th century chocolate factory.

- Signature dishes?

The venison and wild boar sausages with mash are wonderful. The Menier menu is not for the faint-hearted, however; meat features heavily and dieters will have their work cut out. A nap after a visit is advisable.

- Who's the boss?

Nik Whybrew is the general manager.

- Tips please?

Try a visit in the evening. The Menier Chocolate Factory offers a theatre, as well as a restaurant, and is a great place to see a show before it gets to the West End. The restaurant offers a meal deal that includes a two-course dinner and a ticket for the show. It is worth getting in early, as only a limited number of meal-deal tickets are available for each show.

- What's the damage?

Starters are priced at around £5, main courses average £12 and desserts £5.

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU. 020 7407 4411.

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