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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

It's Horses for Courses

MTSteeple Chase pub features equestrian pictures and a horse at the bar.
A horse walks into a bar. The barman says, "Why the long face?" The horse replies, "My boss has been riding me all week."

If your boss has been riding you all week, then come Friday you can drown your sorrows together with Mr. Horse at Steeple Chase, a new beer restaurant at Baumanskaya. Seated right at the bar of this posh pub is indeed a horse, or at least an almost life-sized model of one, dressed in his finest equestrian sports outfit.

The pub has quite a genteel feel to it -- much like a day at the races. The ceiling is fitted with false stained-glass skylights, while the walls sport paintings depicting all manner of equestrian endeavors, amid dark-wood paneling and broad-striped olive-and-cream wallpaper. With a huge aquarium bubbling away at one end of the restaurant, it all adds up to a real old boy's clubhouse ambiance.

This feeling is reflected in the menu, which aims for the best of British while steering clear of pub-grub cliches.

Among the starters, the "Foggy Albion" consists of warm chicken liver and asparagus with a honey dressing and croutons on a bed of lettuce (275 rubles), while the salad "The Impoverished Knight's English Garden" is a salmon fillet under a mayonnaise sauce with lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, sweet pepper, carrot and beet (375 rubles).

Hot starters include the menu's most pub-like dish -- fried calamari rings (245 rubles) -- as well as the more extravagant Kamchatka crab sauteed with spices and served with aioli sauce and gorgonzola (980 rubles).

Mains include hearty options such as Barbary duck in a sweet-and-sour sauce (1,600 rubles) and London-style lamb shank with oat scones (783 rubles).

The beer selection starts at 140 rubles per half-liter of light or dark Budweiser, while Grolsch and unfiltered Erdinger go for 180 rubles per half-liter, and 190 rubles buys a half-liter of either Harp or Bowman's stout.

And if you still feel the boss cracking the whip, free Wi-Fi allows you to take care of that last bit of unfinished business.

16 Spartakovskaya Ul., 261-4774, noon-midnight, M. Baumanskaya.