RestaurantsLondonPimlicoSW1

survey result

Summary

£66
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Forty years old, with great character and personality, and never, ever changing” – this “most romantic and cosy”, candle-lit Pimlico charmer has long been in contention as London’s top tip for seduction, thanks not least to its numerous secluded tables in dark niches (or, “you can sit outside on a sunny lunchtime and transport yourself to the South of France”). For a “French hit”, the “typical bistro fare” (circa 1975) is “enjoyable” if resolutely un-foodie and delivered with variable efficiency, but lots of characterful “Gallic charm”. “The magnum bottles of unlabelled wine are fun” too (“they dip it with a stick at the end to measure how much you have had....”)

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Get snuggly” at this “engaging if somewhat faded”, “typically Gallic” 1960s-“throwback” in Pimlico, whose “dark”, candle-lit interior and “cosy tables hidden away in nooks and crannies” make it “one of the most romantic restaurants of all time” (it was Londoners’ No. 2 for romance in the last survey). Foodwise, “there’s no nonsense, no surprises” – just “very traditional French classics” that are “still passable” (“cuisine grand mére” – think calf’s liver, coq au vin, cassoulet), served by “the most colourful French waiters”. Top Tip – “idyllic terrace for long lunches and dinner al fresco”: “you could imagine yourself in a little French marketplace having a simple bistro-style lunch”.

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Get snuggly” at this “engaging if somewhat faded”, “typically Gallic” 1960s-“throwback” in Pimlico, whose “dark”, candle-lit interior and “cosy tables hidden away in nooks and crannies” make it “one of the most romantic restaurants of all time” (it’s Londoners’ No. 2 for romance in the survey this year). Foodwise, “there’s no nonsense, no surprises” – just “very traditional French classics” that are “still passable” (“cuisine grand mére” – think calf’s liver, coq au vin, cassoulet), served by “the most colourful French waiters”. Top Tip – “idyllic terrace for long lunches and dinner al fresco”: “you could imagine yourself in a little French marketplace having a simple bistro-style lunch”.

Summary

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

“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.

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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
Always £32.00 £37.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£21.00 £32.50 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
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.
Andrew D
It was my first time there, and I loved it....
Reviewed 4 months, 2 days ago

"It was my first time there, and I loved it. The service was scrappy, but the owner explained that they couldn't get the staff. Our waiter had to be shown how to uncork a bottle! But the food is very good, the wine is sensible and the restaurant itself is wonderfully old school - it could do with a lick of paint!"

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David P
A neighbourhood gem. It was just like going...
Reviewed 6 months, 20 days ago

"A neighbourhood gem. It was just like going to a local restaurant in French... except we were in the posh part of London !! Yes it is a step back in time.. but well worth the visit. The greeting French, the decor French. Lots of tiny tables squeezed into the space available. Lit candles on the table even though it was lunchtime. We opted for the fixed prix menu and were not disappointed... lots of traditional dishes, I opted for onion tart, Beef Bourguignon followed by Creme Brulee.... wonderful. Very generous portions with a sensibly priced wine list (French... of course !!)."

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231 Ebury St, London, SW1W 8UT
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑11 pm

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