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September 19, 2022: Founder Andrew Edmunds has passed away unexpectedly.  He was the person who selected the incredible wine list here and who set the guiding ethos for the whole place.  Here's hoping this wonderful relic from the dying days of old Soho (it opened in the mid 1980s) survives.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2022/sep/19/restaurateur-and-art-dealer-andrew-edmunds-dies-aged-79?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

survey result

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Romance oozes out of the walls here!” at what is – for many Londoners – “the ultimate date- night venue”: a “very intimate” (“fantastic eavesdropping possibilities!”), “historic” Dickensian townhouse that’s “old-school Soho and very welcome for it”. The “simple food” is “well-priced”, but the unbeatable “attraction is the superb wine list that’s probably the best value in London”, with “gentle markups that lure you into some wonderful bottles at great prices”; “totally lovable” and “always a joy!”.

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.

“Perfect for dîner à deux” – the “quaint”, “rustic and candle-lit” interior of this “Dickensian” Soho “staple” remains one of the capital’s most romantic destinations, and its long-term ownership by antique print dealer Andrew Edmunds gives it a “charming and unpretentious” style of a rare kind, and fostered by his “genial” staff. “Yes, it’s cramped” (“you squeeze in at a tiny table with lots of noise”) and the “honest” and “straightforward food” – though “perfectly decent” – avoids fireworks. As an overall experience, though, it offers “excellent value” particularly due to the owner’s collection of wine: “Andrew still makes other lists look a rip-off” with “prices not much more than retail” for some fine vintages and “ever changing additions to the blackboard that are a pleasure to explore”. The ground floor is the safest bet – by comparison the basement can appear “dull”.

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.

“Perfect for dîner à deux” – the “quaint”, “rustic and candle-lit” interior of this “Dickensian” Soho “staple” remains one of the capital’s most romantic destinations, and its long-term ownership by antique print dealer Andrew Edmunds gives it a “charming and unpretentious” style of a rare kind, and fostered by his “genial” staff. “Yes, it’s cramped” (“you squeeze in at a tiny table with lots of noise”) and the “honest” and “straightforward food” – though “perfectly decent” – avoids fireworks. As an overall experience, though, it offers “excellent value” particularly due to the owner’s collection of wine: “Andrew still makes other lists look a rip-off” with “prices not much more than retail” for some fine vintages and “ever changing additions to the blackboard that are a pleasure to explore”. The ground floor is the safest bet – by comparison the basement can appear “dull”.

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Even the plainest of dining partners seems to take on a glow” at this “utterly charming” and amazingly popular veteran – a “Bohemian” old town-house which is “refreshingly constant in the chopping and changing Soho scene” and whose straightforward, notably affordable dishes are perennially “prepared with passion and care”. “For a candle-lit supper” it has few equals, as most reporters feel “the cramped conditions only add to the cosy ambience” (although not everyone is wowed by the basement). Top billing goes to the “fantastic wine”“because of the generosity of the owner, the markups on wines are minimal and it is a very interesting list”: “anything on the blackboard deserves attention and, nearly always, consumption!”

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Reviews of Andrew Edmunds Restaurant in W1F, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Andrew Edmunds restaurant.
Tim J
I think I must have missed the boat with An...
Reviewed 2 months, 10 days ago

"I think I must have missed the boat with Andrew Edmunds. The food was mostly nearly good, but too many things weren't quite right, and - at least in the downstairs space - I was struggling to imagine the fabled romance. Best thing was definitely the wine list - shame I couldn't get any help with it. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.00 £26.00 £4.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
46 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LP
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday1 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm

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