RestaurantsLondonCityEC3

survey result

Summary

£94
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2
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For a dependable City business breakfast or lunch venue”, Soren Jessen’s stalwart brasserie, in the beating heart of the Square Mile, is the epitome of a useful amenity for dealmakers, even if “the large, cavernous space remains a little tricky” (“the room is bright and airy, but depending on your table can feel cramped and noisy”). “Its modern European menu covers all the bases reliably. It does what it’s meant to, but you are never coming away with a knockout meal. BTW, that’s an observation not a criticism”.

Summary

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

“King of the City lunching scene” – Soren Jessen’s “buzzing” stalwart in the very heart of the Square Mile, near Bank, continues to maintain its “consistent standards” and is “a decent if very ‘City’ restaurant”. “Classic dishes” (“including some added when Mark Hix was still consultant chef”) are served alongside “a well-chosen wine list” (and they do an “awesome breakfast” too).

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£67
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very useful for City business lunches” – former financier, Soren Jessen’s “buzzy, well-spaced” converted banking hall, near Bank station, has been a well-known linchpin of expense accounter life in the Square Mile for the last two decades (“you see everyone if you lunch here”), with the option of eating in the less formal brasserie or more formal restaurant, depending on how overtly you are wooing the client. The “reliable” menu “is a mix of classics, holding something for everyone. They understand that business is business and staff know how to handle service to accommodate that”.

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£86
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2
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2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Such a classic City venue” – former banker, Soren Jessen’s smooth operation in a converted banking hall near Bank station has traded off Square Mile expense accounts for 20 years. In the last survey, nobody thrillled to the cuisine, nor did they tend to have very harsh words for it – “whenever I’m looking for dinner with a nice wine, I head to 1 Lombard Street where I won’t be disappointed”. In July 2020, well-known chef, Mark Hix joined the business as the new Director of Food and Drink, working alongside Executive Chef Robin Freeman to develop the menu and the dining room has also acquired some Hix-inspired artworks.

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1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA

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Portions
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No dress code

1 Lombard Street Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of 1 Lombard Street Restaurant in EC3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of 1 Lombard Street restaurant.
Matthew C
Very reliable...
Reviewed 2 months, 22 days ago

"Very reliable"

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Roy W
Better now they have restyled the seating a...
Reviewed 11 months, 7 days ago

"Better now they have restyled the seating areas. Service can be poor when busy. Food is still small portions and expensive."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£17.50 £29.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £5.50
Service 15.00%
1 Lombard St, London, EC3V 9AA
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Opening hours
Monday7:30 am‑11 pm
Tuesday7:30 am‑11 pm
Wednesday7:30 am‑11 pm
Thursday7:30 am‑11 pm
Friday7:30 am‑11 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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