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Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “great pies” from chef Calum Franklin – from classic hand-raised pork pie to curried mutton or dauphinoise, black truffle and aged Comté – are “justifiably well known” at this “very well-situated” and very business-friendly dining room on the edge of the City, which also specialises in grills and British charcuterie. The imposing interior is certainly “grand”, although some find it “a bit cavernous”.

Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Savoury pastry heaven”“outstanding pies, steak puddings and beef Wellington” are the orders of the day at this “fabulous” dining room on the edge of the City, where Chef Calum Franklin oversees a “great menu” also featuring British charcuterie and grills. The setting is “a little hotel-like” but “tables are nicely spaced” helping to make it a big hit with business types. Top Tip – “pick up a takeaway pie from the Pie Room”; and there’s “an excellent breakfast, to boot”.

Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Savoury pastry heaven”“outstanding pies, steak puddings and beef Wellington” are the orders of the day at this “fabulous” dining room on the edge of the City, where Chef Calum Franklin oversees a “great menu” also featuring British charcuterie and grills. The setting is “a little hotel-like” but “tables are nicely spaced” helping to make it a big hit with business types. Top Tip – “pick up a takeaway pie from the Pie Room”; and there’s “an excellent breakfast, to boot”.

Summary

£75
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Pies to die for” are the ace in the Brit-food pack at this “huge dining room” of a business-friendly hotel on the edge of the City. Chef Calum Franklin is the “wizard” behind this “savoury pastry mecca”, which has its own Pie Room with a dedicated take-away hatch, along with pie and Wellington masterclasses. Top Tip: “excellent choice for breakfast, too”.

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Holborn Dining Room Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Holborn Dining Room Restaurant in WC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Holborn Dining Room restaurant.
Aroon L
Very disappointing. The starters were good,...
Reviewed 1 months, 22 days ago

"Very disappointing. The starters were good, but the famous pies were poorly cooked and really notworth the hype or the money."

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N B
So disappointing. Starters were promising ...
Reviewed 6 months, 24 days ago

"So disappointing. Starters were promising (fabulous scotch egg) but the pies, although looking good, were not particularly interesting, rather stodgy and in the case of the potato and cheese pie appeared to have been made without any salt. I had been really looking forward to visiting and this was a real let-down, whether we were unlucky in encountering a Tuesday evening chef or whether this place has gone right downhill I'm not sure. Puddings were similarly uninteresting, sticky toffee pudding lacked both stickiness and flavour. Overall this was a disappointing, bland and stodgy meal that we wouldn't want to repeat. Faultless service and an attractive room, badly let down by the food."

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Joe S
The pies are justifiably well known but, th...
Reviewed 11 months, 21 days ago

"The pies are justifiably well known but, though allowances must be made for current conditions, it definitely feels like a hotel with patchy service. Good if you are in the area and need it, not a destination."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.50 £27.50 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £5.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN
Opening hours
Monday7 am‑10 pm
Tuesday7 am‑10 pm
Wednesday7 am‑10 pm
Thursday7 am‑10 pm
Friday7 am‑10 pm
Saturday7 am‑10:30 pm
Sunday7:30 am‑9:45 pm

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