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Summary

As “a solid choice for business entertaining”, this “classy and popular” venue (which feels “slightly off-the-beaten-track”, even though it’s right by the Bank of England) remains one of the City’s prime choices thanks to its “reliable, well-cooked French cuisine” and “huge wine list”.

£63
  £££
3
Good
3
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A perfect business venue”; this “well oiled machine”, tucked away near the Bank of England, is one of the City’s prime choices for entertaining thanks to its “discreet” and “prompt” service, “well-spaced tables”, “outstanding wine list” and cuisine that’s “very dependable” – all “minus the bling and over-charging”. See also Sign of the Don.

£67
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Tucked away in a cobbled mews, but just a stone’s throw from the Bank of England”, this “handily located” fixture is one of the Square Mile’s top business choices. Ratings don’t hit the highs they once did, but it’s a “reliable” and “efficient” operation, with a smart and spacious (if perhaps slightly “sterile”) interior. See also Sign of the Don.

£66
  £££
3
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3
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This well-established venue near Bank combines a “civilised” ground floor, with a more atmospheric cellar bistro; critics feel its cooking has become more “complacent” in recent times, but it remains a top City entertaining spot.

£65
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The Don Restaurant, our flagship white tablecloth establishment provides an unrivalled combination of history and modernity plus some of the City's

 very best food and wine.

In 1342 it was the home of one of London's great City Guilds , The Drapers, who rich on the profits of the British wool trade bought many of the

 buildings that line our cobblestoned Lane. In 1798 ,they leased it to a young Scottish entrepreneur George Sandeman as the headquarters for his newly established Sandeman Port and Sherry Company. George shipped his barrels of fortified wine across the Atlantic

 from Oporto and Jerez to blend and bottle them in the cellars below St Swithins Lane.

Modern European flavours dominate the menu, and in addition to our extensive a la Carte Menu we offer a fantastic value weekly set-menu. Our wine

 list has won a Wine Spectator Award, as one of the best in the world every year since we opened.

The Restaurant itself offers two light, airy and elegant dining rooms, both with large windows and both featuring some stunning paintings from

 one of Britain's leading abstract painters, the late John Hoyland, RA as well as a cosy basement bistro, bar and several private dining spaces.

Offer: 2 courses £22.50, 3 courses £26.50

Dates available : 11/07/19 - 22/11/19

Times: 12-3pm and 5:30 - 9:30pm

Tables of 1-6 people

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £19.00 £24.00
Pretheatre £22.50 £27.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.50 £27.50 £4.50 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
18, 24, 45, 45
No shorts
150

Private dining

Private Dining in The City of London


Welcome to The Don’s Private Dining Rooms, The City of London’s most charming and characterful venues for private events be they: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Champagne and Canapé Parties, Business Meetings, Corporate Dinners or Private Celebrations.


The Don Restaurant and its younger sibling next door, The Sign of the Don, offer a unique private dining experience in the City’s most attractively restored historic private dining rooms where you can enjoy fine food, superb wines and an unrivalled level of warm, friendly, professional service. Whether you are a table of ten, or a table of fifty we have a room for you.


We can host events for 12 to 150 people seven days a week and we are justly proud of our experienced and personable Private Events Team who will help you choose which of our private or semi-private rooms will provide the right setting for your event, whether it is a breakfast lunch, dinner or dinner party.


In 1993 we planted a vineyard in Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, in partnership with top New Zealand Winemaker John Hancock, Situated on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels region, new Zealand’s first “appellation”. Trinity Hill is now one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wineries, winning as many awards for its red wines as for its whites.


Our dinner menus start at £34.50 and our excellent award-winning house wines from Trinity Hill start from £22.00.


Our Events team would be delighted to show you our private dining rooms and discuss your specific requirements.

The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin’s Lane, London, EC4N 8AD
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm
Tuesday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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