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June 2017: Frederick Forster has been appointed as The Don's new head chef. The former Roux Scholar and winner of National Chef of the Year in 2011, is a graduate of several fine French institutions including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine and Le Gavroche. Most recently he took the helm at Le Pont de la Tour.

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Summary

“Tucked away in a cobbled mews, but just a stone’s throw from the Bank of England”, this “handily located” fixture is one of the Square Mile’s top business choices. Ratings don’t hit the highs they once did, but it’s a “reliable” and “efficient” operation, with a smart and spacious (if perhaps slightly “sterile”) interior. See also Sign of the Don.

£66
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This well-established venue near Bank combines a “civilised” ground floor, with a more atmospheric cellar bistro; critics feel its cooking has become more “complacent” in recent times, but it remains a top City entertaining spot.

£65
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Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Always a safe bet for business!” – this “slick” fixture near Bank (with “more atmospheric” basement bistro), remains one of the City’s top lunching spots, thanks to its “surprisingly good” cooking and “interesting” wines (especially Kiwi and port).

£62
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Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This “City oasis”, tucked-away near Bank, remains one of the Square Mile’s top lunch spots – it’s “that rare spot where business can be done in attractive surroundings” (especially in the “fun” basement wine “caves”); the cuisine, though, risks “resting on its laurels” a bit.

£64
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Very Good
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Nestled in a quaint courtyard in the City, The Don offers celebrated European fine dining, and features a stunning double height wine tower and seven original Hoyland paintings which have been blown up to create dramatic translucent blinds. The Don is listed in Hardens, Square Meal and Good Food Guides, and a showering of awards comes courtesy of the Wine Spectator. Cosy vaulted spaces and plush hideaways brimming with history await diners at The Don restaurant. Seasonal dishes from include Essex pheasant with wild mushrooms and chestnuts, or a succulent fillet of Cumbrian beef from the grill. Proudly presenting its city-wide celebrated wine list, The Don presents a cellar of 400 bottles. Some covetable vintage ports, sherries and madeiras date back to 1900.

The restaurant is available for private hires on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Private dining

Private Dining in The City of London


Welcome to The Don’s Private Dining Rooms, The City of London’s most charming and characterful venues for private events be they: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Champagne and Canapé Parties, Business Meetings, Corporate Dinners or Private Celebrations.


The Don Restaurant and its younger sibling next door, The Sign of the Don, offer a unique private dining experience in the City’s most attractively restored historic private dining rooms where you can enjoy fine food, superb wines and an unrivalled level of warm, friendly, professional service. Whether you are a table of ten, or a table of fifty we have a room for you.


We can host events for 12 to 150 people seven days a week and we are justly proud of our experienced and personable Private Events Team who will help you choose which of our private or semi-private rooms will provide the right setting for your event, whether it is a breakfast lunch, dinner or dinner party.


In 1993 we planted a vineyard in Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, in partnership with top New Zealand Winemaker John Hancock, Situated on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels region, new Zealand’s first “appellation”. Trinity Hill is now one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wineries, winning as many awards for its red wines as for its whites.


Our dinner menus start at £34.50 and our excellent award-winning house wines from Trinity Hill start from £22.00.


Our Events team would be delighted to show you our private dining rooms and discuss your specific requirements.

The Don Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Don Restaurant in EC4, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Don restaurant.
A M
Better than most City restaurants but at a ...
Reviewed 4 months, 5 days ago

"Better than most City restaurants but at a price"

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Sai H
good...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"good"

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The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin’s Lane, London, EC4N 8AD
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Opening hours

Mon - Fri noon - 3 pm, 5.30 pm - 10 pm; Sat & Sun closed
Last orders: 10 pm

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