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survey result

Summary

£48
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “time-warp classic Italian trattoria” – a Bloomsbury fixture for more than 35 years – is “fun, bubbly, and has food as Mama would have made it” (somewhere between “delicious” and “not bad”). “The buzzy atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve stepped in off the streets of Rome”, and with its “1970s food at 1990s prices, the place deserves a medal” for value. Top Tip – “charming with young children”.

Summary

£48
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “time-warp classic Italian trattoria” – a Bloomsbury fixture for more than 35 years – is “fun, bubbly, and has food as Mama would have made it” (somewhere between “delicious” and “not bad”). “The buzzy atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve stepped in off the streets of Rome”, and with its “1970s food at 1990s prices, the place deserves a medal” for value. Top Tip – “charming with young children”.

Summary

£44
    £
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “ever bustling traditional Italian” has brought an affordable taste of ‘la dolce vita’ to Bloomsbury for 35 years. The “standard” food “is pretty good for the reasonable price”, “but is not really the point”: it’s “very cheerful” with a “superb buzz”. “Perfect for a family get-together with children.”

Summary

£45
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The perfect trat’” is a typically affectionate tribute to this “merry” Bloomsbury Italian, where “the food is not spectacular” but “unbelievably good value” and served in “an ambience reminiscent of 1960s Fellini and Antonioni films”. “It was my staple when I was poor and first moved to London, then I got marginally richer and moved on, but I recently went back and was reminded how great it is”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
No dress code
130

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£7.50 £16.50 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Bread £3.00
Service 12.50%
86-90 Lamb’s Conduit St, London, WC1N 3LZ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:45 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm

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