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What do you do when you’ve got a gorgeous venue, an excellent menu, and a 3am license? Simple, says Chloe Corkhill, make everyone happy. 

Let’s set the scene. This venue was once the Red Rooms, and before that it was the rather earthy (read grim) Blackett Arms. Now, a lick of paint and a handful of eclectic styling later, No.28 has emerged, butterfly like, to mark its territory in an area that has been crying out for a decent bar. Which is great news for pretty much everyone. Newly escaped office workers looking for somewhere classy to rest their Prosecco (£2.50 a glass early evening offer!); afternoon shoppers looking for cocktails and snacks, evening diners, late-night revelers... Damn it, you’re all in luck. No28 is a lesson in pleasing all of the people, all of the time.  

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, No28’s 3am license, cheeky dancefloor and free entry transform the place into a laidback club with an arm’s length of sterling DJs ready to step up to the decks. On weekdays the vibe is one of relaxation and escape – No28 is the perfect stop-off for a beer before home, or post-cinema hang out.  Sip chilled wine or smooth coffee and people watch. 

Then there’s the food. Pop in for a sandwich or snack, do the glorious roast thing on a Sunday (just £7.95) or go all the way with a proper dinner, like we did. After a smorgasbord of delicacies (mini fishcakes, tortilla and piri piri chicken for two - £10.95) we moved onto the mains. Mine was a generous portion of succulent braised lamb shank served with mashed potato, glossy gravy and a delicious mint and honey sauce (£9.95). My friend had tiger prawns in chilli and coriander with fragrant rice (£8.95). Also delectable. Fat prawns, just the right degree of heat, a fresh herby bite and fluffy, aromatic rice. The dark chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream (£3.95) was our shared desert. It’s rich. It’s lovely. Go and get a bit. 

No28 has created a friendly, relaxed dining and drinking experience: it’s as easygoing as you’d expect a bar to be, with food that could hold its own in a formal restaurant. Whether you’re visiting to eat, drink, dance or take on the full gauntlet of treats, this is a place that may well radically change the way you socialise. 

No.28 , 27 - 29 Nelson Street, 0191 232 3919.