RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2H

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Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“By no means a flashy restaurant and fairly cramped, but some of the very best fish that you will find in London” – this immensely popular Covent Garden fixture is a “premier choice” despite its humble looks thanks to a “daily changing menu dependent on the morning’s catch” that’s “accurately and sometimes interestingly, sometimes classically cooked” and delivered at a “really good-value” price. “The inside space is tiny, but they have managed to expand into an outside area which they heat on the pavement”.

Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If you can squeeze inside this tiny restaurant off Covent Garden (which has expanded out onto the pavement in recent years thankfully) you will be in for a real treat” and one “at a very fair price”. Over its five years in operation, it’s become one of London’s top destinations for “spankingly fresh fish and seafood”, “accurately cooked with brio in a small, bright space”. “The unique gimmick here is that what’s on the menu depends entirely on what they can get from the day boats in the morning and so could be anything. Dishes and prices are scrawled on the wall tiles with a reassuring lack of upselling; and wine comes from the ever-evolving selection at their sibling ‘10 Cases’ over the road so you never have the same meal twice”. “Lively and helpful” service completes the excellent offering. Top Menu Tips – “super oysters at £1 each” are a feature, “potted shrimp croquettes feature amongst the excellent-but-small selection of staples; and if you go in the winter you might be lucky enough to sample their legendary lobster mash”.

Summary

£64
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4
Very Good
3
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A tiny, buzzing space which serves delicious fish and other seafood delights in a friendly and efficient manner”, this tiled Covent Garden four-year-old has been a welcome addition to the new wave of fish specialists in the West End. “The interesting wine list comes from 10 Cases over the road”, which is under the same ownership. “We hardly ever go beyond the starters/small plates here – smoked cod’s roe, potted shrimp croquettes, brown crab pissaladière, tartare of sea trout with spicy bloody Mary jelly – all hit the spot”.

Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s the fresh fish that brings you” to this “tiny, tiny space” in Covent Garden (sibling to 10 Cases, just across the road) – a “crowded, congested and stripped-down room” that’s almost “more of a seafood bar than a restaurant as you perch on stools”. “There’s a small menu, with a few specials painted on the walls showing the catch of the day”, “all cooked to perfection behind the counter and served as soon as it’s ready”. “Ideal for pre-theatre, but it doesn’t encourage lingering”.

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39 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BA

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Parsons Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Parsons Restaurant in WC2H, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Parsons restaurant.
Rolande A
Fresh fish, beautifully prepared makes this...
Reviewed 1 months, 7 days ago

"Fresh fish, beautifully prepared makes this small restaurant a cut above most in this price bracket in Covent Garden. Charming service "

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Daniel M
I was hoping to love this - well done fish ...
Reviewed 2 months, 22 days ago

"I was hoping to love this - well done fish is one of the things I seek in a restaurant, so where better? The small plate starters were good; my companion's smoked eel Caesar salad was lovely; but the fish pie was a stodgy disappointment. The high thin tables inside also make for a lopsided dining experience."

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Victoria J
Monkfish was huge portion at £28. Excelle...
Reviewed 3 months, 13 days ago

"Monkfish was huge portion at £28. Excellent. "

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Steven B
Parsons is very handy as it is open all day...
Reviewed 3 months, 13 days ago

"Parsons is very handy as it is open all day so pre-opera/theatre is fine as is after a matinee. But we go for the food. This time we had the best ever monkfish - huge too. Fish pie was better than many but still perhaps not the best choice Only problem was losing our dessert choice. We waited and waited and were about to cancel as we had to leave. Abject apologies and removed from bill. "

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Robert M
Probably one of the better fish restaurants...
Reviewed 4 months, 15 days ago

"Probably one of the better fish restaurants in town. My monkfish was to die for. Always cooked to perfection and always something different to try. It's a tight space so don't sit too close to the front door or you will be buffeted all evening. "

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Hugh N
Excellent place for fish with a great wine ...
Reviewed 5 months, 1 day ago

"Excellent place for fish with a great wine list."

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Steven B
A return to find some new ideas on the menu...
Reviewed 7 months, 8 days ago

"A return to find some new ideas on the menu which is modest. You have to like fish here and if you do you will not be disappointed. Service is charming and efficient taking time to talk to a lonely regular next to us. The fish changes daily so you know if is fresh. One big advantage is that they are open all day so you can eat a late lunch after an opera rehearsal or an early dinner after a matinee. For a fish restaurant, they are fairly priced and I hope they stay that way. "

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Victoria J
Handy place as they serve lunch throughout ...
Reviewed 8 months, 28 days ago

"Handy place as they serve lunch throughout the afternoon so good for post morning rehearsal or pre show. Reliable and quick. Lovely staff"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£6.50 £24.50 £5.50 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%
39 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BA
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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