Located in what was formerly a butcher's shop, and retaining the name and facade of its former self, Medcalf is for most of the week more of a destination for its food than the beverages on offer. With a generous selection of bottled lagers and Paulaner on tap, in addition to a good house Rioja (remember not to mix your drinks folks), it does still attract the occasional drinker and has quite a convivial atmosphere. This all changes on a Friday night when the chefs get to put their feet up and DJ's are brought in, allowing it to come into its own as a bar. If it all gets too much inside there are a few tables out front on Exmouth Market and a bijou garden at the rear, while a small side room has the benefit of not being next to the principal thoroughfare - a slight problem in the long, thin main section. The food menu changes regularly, and while it isn't the cheapest, you certainly get what you pay for.
Reviewed by squirrel
10 Aug 2007