survey result

Summary

£72
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You wouldn’t go for ‘haute cuisine’, but as a jolly place to eat comfort food in a spectacular setting, it is hard to beat” – that’s the upbeat view, anyway, on this now-“ubiquitous” brasserie chain. Eight years and 40 openings later, the spin-offs increasingly eclipse the Theatreland original (see also), whose Edwardian features provide the style-guide for its nationwide ‘roll out’. “Even if the unchallenging food reaches no heights, there’s a consistent buzz”, which makes them a “posh”, “fun” choice for a get-together, if not a particularly foodie one. This is particularly the case at the landmark London off-shoots: at ‘Chelsea Garden’ (“gorgeous greenery”); Kensington (“slick”, with a “pretty glitzy crowd”); and on the Thames (“great views over Tower Bridge”). But while it’s always been acknowledged that the mass offering is “a shadow of the mothership’s” – with “average grub at not-so-average prices” – the feeling that the brand has become just “a chain that does not excite” is gaining ever-stronger currency. Service seems more “stretched” nowadays, and a sliding ambience rating is making the whole offering seem ever-more “overrated, for all its modern art and perky décor”.

Summary

£66
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of the Ivy clones, which achieved a positive press this year. “Nothing like the original Ivy of course”, though the “attractive” design is a “very loosely based pastiche” of that luminary – and, “rather surprisingly, it works”. “The food is fairly simple but well prepared and served with some elegance”“I didn’t think I would like it but ended up being quite impressed”.

Summary

£57
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I guess the place to be seen 2018-19” – this famous brasserie chain hit Brum in April 2018, and feedback on it divides along familiar lines between those who see it as “always a pleasant experience whatever the time of day” to those who find the food “disappointing” or “OK but nothing special”.

Summary

£57
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I guess the place to be seen 2018-19” – this famous brasserie chain hit Brum in April 2018, and feedback on it divides along familiar lines between those who see it as “always a pleasant experience whatever the time of day” to those who find the food “disappointing” or “OK but nothing special”.

For 32 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £17.95 £23.95

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.00 £29.00 £4.25 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday9 am‑10:30 pm
Tuesday9 am‑10:30 pm
Wednesday9 am‑10:30 pm
Thursday9 am‑10:30 pm
Friday9 am‑12:30 am
Saturday9 am‑12:30 am
Sunday9 am‑10 pm

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