RestaurantsLondonFarringdonEC1

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Summary

£111
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Surely the best restaurant in London without a Michelin star!” Chef Anthony Raffo provides “modern British cooking at its finest” at this “tiny” Farringdon venture, with “novel flavours and combinations, cleverly incorporating a perfect balance of umami and other tastes; all whilst using seasonal ingredients and looking incredible”. Meanwhile, manager, Marie Danzanvilliers, presides “with great charm and hospitality”. “The venue itself is quite hipster-cool but pretty low key. At the end of the day, it is all about the food offer and they absolutely nail that!”. “It really is a hidden gem”“No idea why the Tyre Man hasn’t come calling.”

Summary

£101
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A tiny spot with just over 20 covers and food to die for” – the focus is very much on the “very clever cooking at an affordable price point” at this “personal” Farringdon address, run by head chef Anthony Raffo and manager Marie Danzanvilliers. The food is “super-seasonal” (“sometimes foraged within a stone’s throw of the restaurant”), “traditional techniques are revived with pickles and ferments” and the resulting dishes have “exceptional flavour combinations and contrasts”.

Summary

£82
 ££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superbly original cooking” showcasing British ingredients is the hallmark of Mark Jarvis’s “unshowy, minimalist little restaurant” in Farringdon. Structured around a tasting menu of nine small plates, the “food is about as locally sourced as you can get – sometimes foraged less than a stone’s throw from the restaurant”. “The flavour combinations and contrasts are exceptional, and every dish is beautifully plated and presented”, with due attention paid to minimising waste and reviving traditional techniques such as pickling and fermenting. (Note, “while still under the guiding hand of Mark Jarvis, Anthony Raffo nowadays cooks as head chef”).

Summary

£71
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s all about the food”“thought-provoking flavour combinations that hit all the right notes” – at Mark Jarvis’s “incredible” venture, where the main options (other than a three-course menu at lunch) are its six- or seven-course tasting menus (alongside “drink pairings which segue into cider and sour beers for dessert – another sign of a willingness to break the mould”). “Service is less polished” though: ditto the surroundings – a “soulless”, “minimal room stuck in lawyer-land” near Hatton Garden. Still, “it’s hard to find the words to describe just what good value it is”. Come on Michelin, wake up and give the lad a star.

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30 St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UH

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Anglo Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Anglo Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Anglo restaurant.
Philip W
Cuisine is unparalleled - what a superstar ...
Reviewed 1 months, 14 days ago

"Cuisine is unparalleled - what a superstar find!"

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Andrew J
Interesting lunch. Some excellent courses (...
Reviewed 1 months, 21 days ago

"Interesting lunch. Some excellent courses (cod; lamb), lots of very good ones (granita; pork crisp; bread; trout; carrot). Unusual dessert (a monochrome celeriac dish), but highly recommend. Excellent service. Expensive: £341 for two. "

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Lloyd S
Anglo Our first visit to Anglo in October ...
Reviewed 1 months, 28 days ago

"Anglo Our first visit to Anglo in October last year turned out to be one of the dining highlights of 2023. Well I can honestly say that our return visit on Saturday will take some beating in 2024. The imagination , creativity and skill of chef Anthony Raffo is nothing short of genius as he puts together some amazing dishes using the very best British produce. To match this you have manager / sommelier Marie Danzavilliers with her absolutely amazing friendly service and drinks pairings that complement each course perfectly. The restaurant is only a short walk from Farringdon Station on St. Cross Street. When you enter you will see that it’s a small restaurant seating between 14 -18 guests. This is why they can manage with a a very small team giving you friendly and personal service. You will also see an abundance of jars which are filled with all sorts of pickled ingredients. Their food style is from foraging and pride themselves on not wasting anything in order to create more fabulous dishes. Our return on saturday started with a lovely welcome from Marie before showing us to our table. We decided to have a drink while we looked at the menu and chose the Earth Ale Spicy Weiss beer and the Strawberries on Sea gose. The menu is Eleven Courses (including snacks and petit fours) priced at just £85 pounds and there is also a supplemented dish if you so wish. This I have to say is one of the best value for money Tasting Menu’s you will find anywhere. There is also a Drinks Pairing which is Five glasses for £49 pounds that believe me is well worth trying. There is a choice of a smaller tasting menu at lunchtime. We opted for the full tasting menu with the extra course and for myself I chose to have the drinks pairing. This began with our first snack of a drinkable White Cabbage , Hampshire breed pork , parsley and rapeseed. This was followed by the second snack of the Norfolk sand carrot which was very clever indeed. Now it was time for the bread which is the Anglo Sourdough with yeast and wild mushroom. This leads to the first course with a wine pairing and oh my god what an absolute delight it was to. The Yorkshire Leek with potato , ramson caper , tunworth and three-cornered leek. The depth of flavour was incredible and something you’ll find in every course. The pairing was a 2022 Skin Contact “Maria” Madeleine Angeline from the Renegade Winery in Bethnal Green , East London. This was followed by my personal highlight of the day. The Line Caught Cornish Cod , hay , cauliflower , hazelnut and sea purslane was quite simply stunning. The cod was matched perfectly with a 2022 Le Besson , Domaine Batard Langelier from Loire , France. Now it was time for the supplemented dish of Hampshire Trout , wild rocket , herring roe , purple sprouting broccoli , broad beans and goat’s curd. We then moved on to two Duck courses with the first being an incredible Devon Duck doughnut with a fabulous walnut purée. This was followed by the amazing Devon Duck , hogweed seed and swede. The wine pairing was unbelievable because on its own it was ok but with the duck it became soft and fruity. This was a 2020 Biografico , Uve de Vida from Castilla-La Mancha , Spain. Now it was time for the cheese course and it was very clever and delicious. The Somerset Montgomery Cheddar with Isle of Wight black garlic and walnut amazingly tasted like a savoury tiramisu. The pairing was a Pure Mead from the Loxwood Meadworks in West Sussex. Your palate was then refreshed with a Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with gherkin , dill and oxalis. Now it was time to finish was an absolute genius of a dessert. It was a Jack Buck Farm Celeriac ice cream with a charred celeriac skin and a meringue. The pairing was equally fabulous in the form of a sweet apple Somerset Ice Cider. We then finished with a coffee and petit fours of Hay fudge and beetroot. This brought an end to an incredible dining experience where the food was outstanding and matched with fabulous drinks pairings. I really can’t recommend a visit to Anglo highly enough and will be looking forward to returning myself again soon. This is an intimate little restaurant where you get to chat with the team throughout. Considering how prices of menu’s are rising this is unbelievable value for money so why not book your table now. Tasting Menu - 11 Courses (including snacks and petit fours) priced at £85 is exceptional value for money. Wine Pairing - 5 Glasses priced at £49 is also great value. Thank You Anthony and Marie for a truly amazing afternoon and look forward to seeing again soon."

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Lloyd S
This was an exceptional lunch and one that ...
Reviewed 7 months, 14 days ago

"This was an exceptional lunch and one that will live long in my memory. Chef / Owner Anthony Raffo and front of house / sommelier Marie Danzavilliers have created a no waste menu using only the finest british produce , foraged ingredients and natural wines to bring you a very creative and clever dining experience. Anglo is set of Hatton Garden on St. Cross Street just a short walk from Farringdon station. It’s a small modern casual dining room that caters for around twenty people. This is why they can manage with just the two of them plus another chef and pot washer. On arrival we were given a lovely welcome by Marie before being shown to our table. Once settled we quickly looked around the restaurant to see that it is designed like other casual but modern dining rooms with minimal decor. It was also noticeable to see all their fermentation jars. We decided to start with a cocktail while we looked at the menu. Here they only serve a tasting menu where you can either have the full eleven course (including a supplement dish) or the smaller lunch tasting menu. You can also choose to match the food with the wine pairing which is just five glasses so you don’t feel you have to rush each glass. We decided to opt for the full tasting menu with the wine pairing. This started with Norfolk sand carrot , walnut a soup like dish full of flavour that you would have never tasted before. This was followed by the Crown Prince Pumpkin , broad bean , hogweed seed , thyme. Next to arrive was the Anglo Sourdough with a yeast butter , wild mushroom spelt that was absolute heaven. Our next course was the Leek , seaweed , onion , greenhouse herbs , black garlic , curd , ramson a truly amazing dish with incredible flavour combinations. This was paired with the first wine pairing a 2022 Skin Contact wine from the Renegade Winery in Bethnal Green. Another fabulous dish was to follow in the form of Lincolnshire Smoked Haddock , cauliflower , hazelnut , three cornered leek , celeriac , herring roe. This was paired with a 2021 French Riesling from the Alsace. Now we moved on to the supplemented dish of Hispi Cabbage , maldon oyster , gooseberry , nasturtium , bramley apple , spruce and absolutely clever and imaginary dish from the chef. Next to come was the main course of Devon Duck , sunflower seed , isle of wight smoked garlic , honey , spring onion , kale , yogurt. This was paired beautifully with a 2021 Cannonau Tenuta from Sardinia , Italy. What was to follow was a very clever and delicious cheese course of Somerset Montgomery Cheddar , pickle , dill , potato. This was paired with a glass of mead from Lowwood Meadworks in Sussex. Now we needed a palate cleanser and what a delight it was to. The Squash , oregano , mint , sorrel , hampshire rapseed with optional corniish black wood ants. It was now time for dessert where we enjoyed the British Buckwheat , berries , beetroot , raw honey paired perfectly with a blueberry wine from Lutton Farm , Northamptonshire. A coffee and petit fours of Pine Cone and toasted hay fudge brought an end to our amazing lunch. This was an incredible dining experience where the food was imaginative and very clever from Anthony and paired perfectly with amazing wine by Marie. I really can’t recommend a visit to Anglo highly enough. The Full Tasting Menu is priced at only £85 and the wine pairings at just £45 making this also excellent value for money when you consider the quality of food , wine and service. I will definitely be keeping my eye on the the menu so that I can return as soon as possible."

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Peter W
Great food but very quiet...
Reviewed 10 months, 15 days ago

"Great food but very quiet"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 11
Menu2 55.00 Lunch only 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
30 St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8UH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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