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trinity vs medlar and other questions! [London]

curiouseater | Jan 1, 201211:28 AM

Hello, I am looking for some help please.

Just to give a bit of background, we visit London twice a year from Glasgow and are planning a trip at the end of March. We will be staying in Islington and plan to go to Byron, CayTre, Hawksmoor and the Wolesely for lunch, primarily as these are all places we have been to before, with our now, 2 and a half year old son.

I need help to decide our dinners. We won't have our son with us and for one of the meals there will be 5 of us.

Places we have eaten at before are 

The Square
Marcus Wareing
The Ledbury
St John
Harwood Arms
Cay tre 
Vietnam Grill
bob bob Richard
The Providores and tapa room
Delhi grill

This is not an exhaustive list but gives an idea of what we have tried. Since having our son our eating habits have changed, we no longer are able to tolerate sitting for three hours for tasting menus and our stomachs seem to have shrunk. We find small pates are good and we like our cocktails and seem to prefer less formal environments than before.

So my questions are:

1. has anyone been to both Medlar and Trinity? The menus look similar but I don' t know if that holds true for execution. For us Trinity would be easier to get to but we would make the effort to go to Medlar. 

2. Any suggestions for the group meal? As a group we have eaten at La Trompette, Hawksmoor and Goodman.  I was thinking of Bar Bouloud as I like the menu but have not read great things about the service. I am hesitant about this choice and almost tempted to make it Hawksmoor again or would Medlar be an option? We have a friend who lives in Clapham so he might join us for the Trinity meal, and we could do Medlar as a group of 5...

Other dinners we were thinking are Meatliquor and Mishkins for the other two nights. Both are a bit trendy for my liking but we do like our burgers and cocktails.

Any other suggestions for any of the dinners would be greatly appreciated. In fact if there was another toddler friendly option that served good food for one of the lunches we could then do Hawksmoor for one of the dinners instead..

Sorry if the post is a bit garbled. Thanks!

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