RestaurantsLondonCityEC4

survey result

Summary

£58
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

You can’t argue with the location of this bar/café, right by the Wobbly Bridge, looking over to Tate Modern, and with an outside terrace in summer. It inspired limited and mixed feedback this year: fans applaud its seasonal modern British cooking and tip it as a business option, but one or two others feel “it’s overpriced, with poor service, and only exists due to its view of the Thames”.

Summary

£58
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

You can’t argue with the location of this bar/café, right by the Wobbly Bridge, looking over to Tate Modern, and with an outside terrace in summer. It inspired limited and mixed feedback this year: fans applaud its seasonal modern British cooking and tip it as a business option, but one or two others feel “it’s overpriced, with poor service, and only exists due to its view of the Thames”.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s the location that’s the ‘icing on the cake’ – with the Thames, Tate Modern, and picture windows so that you can see it all” – at this City bar/café, beside the Wobbly Bridge. Even if it can seem “a bit pricey”, the food – with “a focus on Cornwall and fish” – tries harder than that of many well-situated destinations.

Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Food with a view” across the Thames is a “real treat” at this 10-year-old City stalwart beside the Wobbly Bridge, directly opposite Tate Modern. After a wobble in last year’s survey, marks for food have revived under new chef John Harrison.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair
Yes
20
No dress code
120
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £24.50 £29.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.50 £25.00 £4.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £1.75
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

Northbank EC4

Overlooking the 'Wobbly Bridge' and Tate Modern, a discreet and unusually welcoming City restaurant offering a tempting and elegantly realised English menu at reasonable prices' and a view too!


There's very little not to like about this new City business-restaurant, which occupies the space - looking across the Thames to Tate Modern - formerly occupied by 'Just the Bridge'. Whereas the former occupant always seemed a wasted opportunity, the newcomer - the first solo venture of Christian Butler, formerly manager of Baltic - seems to get pretty much everything right.


The comfortable and businesslike design takes full advantage of the impressive view, but the nature of most meals here will be to concentrate on the business and the food. The latter may be simple, and essentially English (with a West Country twist), but Peter Woods - who once worked with the celebrated Pierre Koffmann, at La Tante Claire - is a chef with finesse. Our lunch, for example, included a very tasty tart of Devon crab, and another charming starter called 'Hogs pudding with honey roast apples'. (A hogs pudding, it turns out, is a sort of boudin blanc.)


Everything was consistently of high quality, and the only possibly criticism was that portions were arguably on the dainty side. Or, for today's City market, is that just what's called for? This is certainly the sort of menu from which you could eat three courses, and still do a proper afternoon's work. The wine list is also sensible, offering a good range, and prices which are pretty reasonable, especially by the local standards. (The same un-greedy approach is also evident in the set lunch, which offers two courses for just £13.50 - and in the City!)


We have a theory, though, that it's often the service that makes or breaks restaurants in this part of town. On that basis - and on every other - this friendly and accommodating place deserves to be much busier than it was on our early-days visit.


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One Paul’s Walk, London, EC4V 3QH
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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