RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1

survey result

Summary

£106
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3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“So what if the benches aren’t that comfortable!” – the bum-numbing seating at Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau’s “characterful and closely packed” Clerkenwell institution is part of its proud history as a ‘Progressive Working Class Caterer’, built in 1869 to feed the masses. Nowadays, “as the name suggests”, it mainlines on “butchery and quality of the meat” (“you can pop into their nextdoor butcher’s shop to buy too”). Most reviewers feel it is “a great London venue and long may it continue”, but it can also seem “a slightly odd mix of traditional English food with the tasting plate craze” and “some dishes can fall into the cracks between the price charged and their quality”.

Summary

£92
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A London institution” since 1869, when it opened to feed the working classes of Clerkenwell – this ‘Progressive Working Class Caterer’ now attracts a more bourgeois crowd with “food cooked to melt-in-mouth perfection and informative, informal service. You feel that everyone loves their job”. The menu still leans heavily on chops and steaks, leavened by good fish and vegetable options, and it’s a “favourite place to show off to people” with its listed Victorian wooden booths and “very uncomfortable bench seats”, softened by cushions. These days it is part of Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau’s Woodhead Group, alongside Portland and Clipstone, and has its own larder, daytime café and wine bar next door.

Summary

£86
 ££££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The service is always excellent – really warm and welcoming”, at this “nostalgic” and loveable Victorian relic in Clerkenwell: a ‘Progressive Working Class’ institution, established in 1869 and lovingly restored from the 1990s onwards by a succession of owners, of which the latest are Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau. In line with the subtle updating of its ancient and boothed interior, the “classic” cuisine has been “modernised and amped-up a notch” and it offers an attractive combination of “tradition and sheer flavour”. Top Tip – “mince on dripping toast cannot be beaten!”

Summary

£71
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You either love or hate the iconic and original (and cramped and uncomfortable) Victorian booths, which are part of the charm of this Clerkenwell institution” (est 1869) , “which has not been a ‘Progressive Working Class’ establishment for a very long time, no matter what it says on the ancient, etched-glass windows!”. Relaunched in the early 1990s in the first stages of Britain’s latter-day food revival, it’s been run since 2012 by Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau and its ratings are going from strength to strength on the back of its “honest, modern-ish take on hearty traditional dishes” (“perfect for meat eaters – huge steaks”) and “unusual and interesting wines”. They run a deli and wine shop next door too, ‘Quality Wines’ which is currently a voguish haunt in its own right, with chef Nick Bramham producing a small menu of trendy small plates.

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The Quality Chop House Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Quality Chop House Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Quality Chop House restaurant.
Mark R
M E A T Y G O O D N E S S...
Reviewed 3 months, 4 days ago

"M E A T Y G O O D N E S S"

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andrew d
Excellent as usual...
Reviewed 7 months, 21 days ago

"Excellent as usual"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £29.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £42.00 £7.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £33.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
88-94 Farringdon Rd, London, EC1R 3EA
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:15 pm

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