Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“To ‘seal the deal’ with a date”, this “old world”, “rickety” Soho “haunt” – “all flickering candlelight and rustic Bohemian style” – has few equals. The “ever-changing”, “simple”, “seasonal” fare is “honest” and “always reliable”, but “the wine makes a meal exceptional” – “an amazing choice” from arguably “the best-value list in London”.
“For the perfect first date”, this “magical” (if “cramped”), candle-lit Soho townhouse is second to none – a “shabby-chic treasure” that’s “barely changed in three decades” (although actually, behind the scenes, they put in a big new kitchen this year). The “simple, daily changing fare” is unfailingly good value, but the star turn is the “incredible wines at stunning prices”.
“Unique” and “utterly charming”, this ancient candlelit Soho townhouse remains one of London’s most prodigiously popular bolt-holes; “squashed” it may be, and the “extraordinary” wine may outshine the cuisine (“reasonably priced” as it is)… but “if you only have eyes for your date, this is the place!”
“The quintessence of shabby chic” – this “quirky”, “candlelit” Soho phenomenon is “the kind of place you find in Paris not London”, and “incredibly romantic”; its “simple”, “refreshingly honest” cooking is “good (but not knock-out)”, but the “eclectic, encyclopaedic list of wines is truly wonderful”; “sit upstairs if you can”.
Andrew Edmunds Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It's a quirky place, but always full, and often a surprise on the menu; this time it was hare leg, and it was amazing!"
"It's not haute cuisine but the no frills cooking is very flavoursome; the service is friendly and efficient; and the ground floor was almost full on a midweek lunchtime. Very good value. Will go again."
"Still one of a kind. Flawless, friendly service."
"I really think this restaurant is over hyped. Decor is shabby and it is quite cramped. Menu is difficult to read and most of the choices I found were unappealing. Really nice waiters who were very helpful though."
"Such a reliable choice for a pre-theatre dinner. We sat down at 6pm and managed to get three very quick, very delicious courses in and got to the theatre JUST in time! The wine suggestions were spot on from our lovely friendly waiter. We keep on coming back and it's never disappointed!"
46 Lexington St, London, W1F 0LW
lunch 12.30, Sat & Sun 1pm - 3 pm, Sun 3.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 10.30 pm