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Summary

£84
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A unique institution for fish, not to be missed” – this timewarped Victorian curio has been part of life in the Square Mile for as long as anyone can remember (it was founded on a different site in the 1830s and has been here since the 1920s). Seating is fairly crammed and higgledy-piggledy – be it at the counter or in the rear dining room – but that’s all part of its appeal for a besuited clientele who don’t begrudge the daunting prices for simple seafood dishes and proper puds, washed down by the most ardent traditionalists with Black Velvet in pewter tankards.

Summary

£76
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It feels as if one has been decanted into the 1920s but I never fail to enjoy my visits!”“This unique City institution has a charm and authenticity that can’t be imitated” – a “joyous throwback” (founded, on a different site, in 1830) which offers “simple, well-executed British seafood classics” (followed by steamed puddings) at lunchtimes only, to a largely besuited crowd. The “eclectic seating arrangements” can “be a surprise to newbies” – you either perch at “makeshift bar-tops”, or cram into the rear dining room where “service is hindered by the lack of room, but everyone mucks in and plates get passed around”. “The waiters are nearly as old as the building, but that just adds to its appeal…”. “Black Velvet is served in pewter tankards, and a ‘bill of fare’ serves instead of a menu”. The experience comes at “ridiculous prices”, but most reckon they’re worth paying… “and the place does now take cards”.

Summary

£76
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It feels as if one has been decanted into the 1920s but I never fail to enjoy my visits!”“This unique City institution has a charm and authenticity that can’t be imitated” – a “joyous throwback” (founded, on a different site, in 1830) which offers “simple, well-executed British seafood classics” (followed by steamed puddings) at lunchtimes only, to a largely besuited crowd. The “eclectic seating arrangements” can “be a surprise to newbies” – you either perch at “makeshift bar-tops”, or cram into the rear dining room where “service is hindered by the lack of room, but everyone mucks in and plates get passed around”. “The waiters are nearly as old as the building, but that just adds to its appeal…”. “Black Velvet is served in pewter tankards, and a ‘bill of fare’ serves instead of a menu”. The experience comes at “ridiculous prices”, but most reckon they’re worth paying… “and the place does now take cards”.

Summary

£76
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A throwback to 100 years ago” – this “unique”, “magnificently unchanged” Victorian relic is “an old school experience of the best sort” and a revered haunt for its pinstriped clientele, attracted by “some of the finest fish and seafood”. “Sitting at the bar is lovely and you get great attention from the waiting staff”, or sit down at the back to a full meal of “black velvet in a tankard, followed by oysters and then lovely fish (perfectly cooked), with splendid jam sponge”. That prices are slightly “outrageous” has always been part of the package. Except for private parties, it’s always been a weekday lunch-only venue, but in September 2018, they seem to be experimenting with the odd evening service.

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Sweetings Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Sweetings Restaurant in EC4, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Sweetings restaurant.
Clifford B
A City institution that could do with a lit...
Reviewed 4 months, 15 days ago

"A City institution that could do with a little less reliance on its history and a little more on quality. Nothing is ‘poor’ but nothing is great and a lot of the pleasure is in its no frills approach and ‘out of date’ charm. However, in the burgeoning hospitality that the Square Mile scene now has, it is far than near the top of ‘value for money’ at the price-point where it is positioned."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.40 £27.00 £7.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
39 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4N 4SA
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑3 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑3 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑3 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑3 pm
Friday11:30 am‑3 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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