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survey result

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wine bar all others aspire to be” (of an old school nature) – this characterful cellar just off Leicester Square is entering its 50th year, and has seen little change in that time. “The food, while a bit of an eighties throwback, is perfectly good for soaking up a few glasses” – and “you can’t beat the ham & cheese pie”, biggest seller on the menu since 1978. Owner Will Clayton, who took over from the legendary Don Hewitson, has also opened branches in Bayswater and Hampstead. As of November 2020, all the branches have been closed since the start of the first Covid lockdown and the social media for the restaurants is quiet – fingers crossed this epic stalwart of the West End re-opens some time soon.

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wine bar all others aspire to be” (of an old school nature) – this characterful cellar just off Leicester Square is closing in on its 50th year, and has seen little change in that time. “The food, while a bit of an eighties throwback, is perfectly good for soaking up a few glasses” – and “you can’t beat the ham & cheese pie”, biggest seller on the menu since 1978. Owner Will Clayton, who took over from the legendary Don Hewitson, has opened branches in Bayswater and Hampstead – but it will take them years to match up to the original.

Summary

£57
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An eclectic mix of stunning wines from around the globe” makes this legendary 47-year-old basement wine bar “a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square”. “The food is incidental”, mostly “good bistro dishes from the 1980s”, and they’ve sold nearly a million portions of the house ham & cheese pie in the past 40 years. (Nowadays owned by Will Clayton, it has a spin-off no-one’s ever heard of in Bayswater and another opening in Hampstead in September 2018). Top Tip: “the cheese selection is pretty special”.

Summary

£58
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The perfect bolt-hole in the West End” – this atmospheric, charmingly dated cellar is, for those who know it, a much-loved haven, just off Leicester Square. “It’s the comprehensive wine list that shoots it up the scale”, but there’s some “decent”, if “slightly safe” grub too. Tip Tips: “cheese and ham pie is super” (but not for slimmers).

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Restaurant details

No dress code
80

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.30 £18.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday4 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday4 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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