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Summary

“Soft lighting, snug and hidden tables” and “the whole full-on Frenchiness of it all” imbue this “dated (but that’s part of the joy)” Pimlico classic with a “dark and seductive ambience” that for many years won it the survey’s nomination as London’s top spot for a date (and it still ranks at No. 2). “The solid French regional food has always been unspectacular” (“it’s not why you come”) while ultimately how much you enjoy the experience often comes down to how well you hit it off with the “colourful”, very Gallic staff.

£62
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The deliciously dark and candle-lit interior is romance personified”, at this “sensual French delight” in Pimlico, whose intimate nooks and crannies have made it a famed trysting spot for as long as anyone can remember. The food “has come off the boil” in recent times: “just in case you notice it, it’s old fashioned, bistro fare, and not particularly cheap, but no-one cares”. Service meanwhile is very Gallic – “they respond more favourably to Francophones!” Top Tip – “fab outside space in summer”.

£62
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2
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2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Romance is in the air” of this “extravagantly French” Pimlico veteran, especially “after dark in the magical candlelight” of its “secluded and dim-lit dining spots” (and also “on the pavement, under umbrellas in summer”). Foodwise, its stolid, “rustic” classics are “OK, but nothing special”, and delivered – “with a Gallic shrug” – by service that’s “haphazard” but generally “friendly, colourful and accommodating”.

£63
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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.

Summary

“For romantic gazing across a candle into the eyes of your beloved”, there is no better choice than this famously “seductive” haven of “dark corners and intimacy” in Pimlico. The hearty, “classic” Gallic sustenance carries “no surprises”, but it and the “colourful”, “resolutely French” service all “add to the rustic charm”.

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

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Owner's description

La Poule au Pot has been a Belgravia institution for as long as anyone cares to remember. The alluring interior, with its intimate nooks and festoons of dried flowers and bric-à-brac has changed little since the 60s and offers an authentic re-creation of “paysan” France. It is no surprise that La Poule has been voted “best for romance” in the whole of London in Hardens guide for the nth year in succession. 


Alongside the wonderfully atmospheric ambience, the menu is classic French too: excellent ingredients, generous portions and fine cooking, presented with exuberant panache. The wine list is honest, thoughtful and interesting. 


In warmer months, the extensive outdoor seating area makes the restaurant 


one of the most desirable alfresco destinations in the capital.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £26.00 £30.00
Dinner £26.00 £30.00
SundayLunch £26.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.00 £24.00 £6.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
16
No trainers
65
Yes

La Poule au Pot Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of La Poule au Pot Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of La Poule au Pot restaurant.
Valentine H
The food is very average borderline not goo...
Reviewed 4 months, 2 days ago

"The food is very average borderline not good and the service very bad. Gone downhill, not a favourite."

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Clifford B
A never changing stalwart of classic, frenc...
Reviewed 11 months, 14 days ago

"A never changing stalwart of classic, french, 'peasant' cooking with great value wine and the accompanying, brusque service of french students and older, experienced front-of-house guardians. Very good."

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231 Ebury St, London, SW1W 8UT
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-10:30 pm

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