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Hot on the heels of their revamp of Kettner's, Soho House are launching another Soho restaurant, on the site of Soho Kitchen & Bar (RIP); it's to be a Cecconi's spin-off, featuring (unsurprisingly, given the name) pizza, alongside the signature cicchetti and cocktails.

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£94
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A table at the bar is always fun” at the original Cecconi’s – a sophisticated Italian brasserie, tucked away off Bond Street, which in particular is brunch central – “a comfortable place to have your coffee, eggs and Sunday Times… and to people-watch”. As ever here, though, it can all seem too pricey: a case of “style over substance”, or somewhere that’s “fine… but just fine”. And then there’s the question of judging the less commented-on brand extensions embarked on by owners Soho House. None of them inspire a huge volume of feedback but it’s all good, be it for the outlet at the City’s Ned Hotel, the “always enjoyable” neighbourhood spot in Shoreditch, or the Soho pizzeria (“always a great buzz”).

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£85
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s always such a buzz at any time” at the original Cecconi’s, “tucked away behind the Royal Academy” – a “bustling” and “sophisticated” all-day Italian brasserie, whose “open, bright, pavement terrace” helps make it a big favourite amongst the St James’s set, be it “for an upmarket business breakfast”, or as “a treat during a day’s shopping in the West End”. When it comes to the cooking, it “can be a bit hit or miss, but is generally good”. Nowadays owned by Soho House, the brand is being rolled out, but its diverse family of spin-offs echo rather than replicate the original. There’s a City outlet in The Ned’s capacious food hall, which like Mayfair is “fun” and “an excellent place to do business” of a less formal kind. Beyond that, the food is “reliable” but pretty “basic at the price”, and the setting can be “the noisiest ever”. A Soho pizza spot carries the name, on which there’s little feedback. New in September 2018, the Shoreditch branch is “a very good addition as a real neighbourhood restaurant”, with a “nice bar”, and a generally “winning formula”, including for brunch.

Summary

£85
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s always such a buzz at any time” at the original Cecconi’s, “tucked away behind the Royal Academy” – a “bustling” and “sophisticated” all-day Italian brasserie, whose “open, bright, pavement terrace” helps make it a big favourite amongst the St James’s set, be it “for an upmarket business breakfast”, or as “a treat during a day’s shopping in the West End”. When it comes to the cooking, it “can be a bit hit or miss, but is generally good”. Nowadays owned by Soho House, the brand is being rolled out, but its diverse family of spin-offs echo rather than replicate the original. There’s a City outlet in The Ned’s capacious food hall, which like Mayfair is “fun” and “an excellent place to do business” of a less formal kind. Beyond that, the food is “reliable” but pretty “basic at the price”, and the setting can be “the noisiest ever”. A Soho pizza spot carries the name, on which there’s little feedback. New in September 2018, the Shoreditch branch is “a very good addition as a real neighbourhood restaurant”, with a “nice bar”, and a generally “winning formula”, including for brunch.

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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Brash but fun” Italian bar and brasserie in Mayfair where “the people watching is good”, and where “a window table, especially when the front is open in summer, is the best place to be”. Service can be “slightly dismissive” and “it’s not the greatest food, but it’s worth it for the buzz”, and particularly popular for business entertaining, notably as “a go-to venue for breakfast with clients”. Owned by Soho House, it has been rolled out as a global brand, but how well its expansion goes within London remains to be seen. The year-old venture in The Ned (see also) is a bit of a non-event (“a business Italian with City prices, but nothing exceptional in the food”); and it’s still early days for its ‘Pizza Bar’ in Soho, or its September 2018 opening in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

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