Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bloomsbury
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Bloomsbury restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 33 restaurants in Bloomsbury and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bloomsbury restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Noble Rot British, Modern restaurant in Bloomsbury 51 Lamb's Conduit St - WC1
“Allied to the magazine of the same name”, Mark Andrew and Daniel Keeling’s Bloomsbury four-year-old took over the “lovely”, if “slightly cramped” premises that were previously the marvellously old-school wine bar Vats (RIP). It has a “brilliantly curated” wine list “featuring something for everyone: from small, natural and biodynamic producers using grapes you’ve never heard of (from areas you didn’t even know produced wine), to the grand marques of the first growth Bordeaux. There is something for everyone and the staff are ridiculously knowledgeable and keen to help guide you through as much or as little as you want”. The “simple” fare that accompanies it is better-than-incidental too (“sometimes outstanding”), and prepared with “an assured touch”. “It’s not a place for loony foodies of the Instagram persuasion, thank God. Just really good fun!” And “all without it being daylight robbery” too.
2. Neptune, Kimpton Fitzroy London Fish & seafood restaurant in Bloomsbury 8 Russell Square - WC1B
“Stylish, grand-hotel decor” creates an “impressive” backdrop to a meal in the year-old incarnation of this dining room within a huge Victorian pile (fka Hotel Russell) on Russell Square. Its brasserie-style cooking is decently rated but can seem “very pricey”.
3. Otto's French restaurant in Bloomsbury 182 Gray's Inn Road - WC1
“A joyous celebration of how restaurants used to be and how they should be”; “eccentric Otto” is “a breath of fresh French air”, and his “gift of showmanship”, “traditional service” and “classic Gallic cuisine” – all in a “pleasant and old-fashioned”, if slightly “faded”, dining room in out-of-the-way Bloomsbury – is part of a nowadays “unique” approach that most diners feel is “always a wow”. “Otto’s duck and lobster à la presse is superlative” (he’s recently added pigeon too), “the steak tartare is London’s best” and such culinary throwbacks form part of a “magnificent”, unreformed, old-school menu. Caveats? – some of the food is “devastatingly cream-rich – not all modern eaters could manage it” – and “though it’s all very likeable, watch out as the bill stacks up quickly”. “But it’s one-of-a-kind”.
4. Savoir Faire French restaurant in Bloomsbury 42 New Oxford St - WC1
“Images redolent of ‘Le Gai Paris’ (the naked bottoms went perfectly with my slow roasted pork belly!)” grace the muralled walls of this “friendly and efficient” Gallic corner bistro, near the British Museum: “a reliable and enjoyable choice”, serving affordable classic French dishes.
5. Malabar Junction Indian restaurant in Bloomsbury 107 Gt Russell St - WC1
Keralan specialist in Bloomsbury – an early champion of South Indian cuisine in London – serving “interesting and unusual dishes”, and offering “a considerably better choice than the chains”. “There’s always a smiling welcome and excellent friendly service”.
6. Salaam Namaste Indian restaurant in Bloomsbury 68 Millman Street - WC1
“The tastes of freshly ground spices” infuse the interesting modern regional cuisine at chef-patron Sabbir Karim’s affordably priced Bloomsbury Indian, close to Russell Square tube. “Boy, does it get busy – and I can see why!”.
7. All Star Lanes American restaurant in Bloomsbury Victoria Hs, Bloomsbury Pl - WC1
Drink, Dine and Bowl in style at All Star Lanes. With homemade American fare, unique cocktails, retro bowling and epic parties, they’ve got it all.
8. Bea’s of Bloomsbury Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Bloomsbury 72 Russell Square - WC1B
2019 Review: “Fabulously busy… in a good way (as it feels like you have come to the right place)” – this cute tea rooms near Holborn Library spawned a chain of the same name on the back of its inviting-looking cakes and “tasty lunches and snacks” that are “worth a little waiting for”.
9. Flower Burger Vegan restaurant in Bloomsbury 43 Charlotte Street - W1T
Taking over from Herman ze German (RIP) is a vegan burger concept that originated in Milan in 2016, known for its colourful buns (see picture!). The interior is reportedly as bright as the buns, and there's a fully heated and covered terrace.
10. Ciao Bella Italian restaurant in Bloomsbury 86-90 Lamb’s Conduit St - WC1
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”.
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