Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Holborn
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Holborn restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 21 restaurants in Holborn and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Holborn restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Cigalon French restaurant in Holborn 115 Chancery Lane - WC2
“Exceptional Provençal cuisine” – “light and full of fresh flavours” – ensures that dining is “always a real pleasure” here, in what is itself a “lovely, light and airy” glass-roofed venue (once an auction room for books) on Chancery Lane, whose “well-spaced tables” make it a good choice for a business lunch in legal-land. Part of Pascal Aussignac’s Club Gascon group, it has its own cocktail bar, Baranis, downstairs.
2. Coopers Restaurant & Bar British, Modern restaurant in Holborn 49 Lincoln’s Inn Fields - WC2
Stuck looking for a comfortable bite near the LSE? – try this staple of legal-land, typically packed with barristers from Lincoln’s Inn. It’s unlikely to knock your socks off with culinary fireworks, but regulars say a meal here is “always a pleasure, with a great choice of dishes at good-value prices”, and applaud the “professional” staff who “go the extra mile”.
3. Sycamore Italian restaurant in Holborn Middle Eight Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street - WC2B
Head chef Paul Robinson (ex-Temper and The Coal Shed) serves food from Northern Italy using British produce at this elegant hotel restaurant.
4. The Baptist Grill, L’Oscar Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Holborn 2-6 Southampton Row - WC1B
A former HQ of the Baptist Church provides the gracious quarters for this swish, new Holborn hotel, whose luxurious dining room’s cuisine is produced by Tony Fleming (who held a Michelin star at his former gaff, The Angler). Thin feedback supports the view that this late-2018 opening remains somewhat off-the-radar for many Londoners, but such as we have suggests it’s worth discovering: “I used to go to Baptist Council meetings in the building so was intrigued to see how it had worked out: the answer is well! I also worried from some of the hotel’s descriptions that it would all be a bit up-itself, but it was better than I expected: the cooking was very good indeed – not too fussy and full of flavour – and there’s a very good wine list too. Service was OK: I could have just done without the waiters’ psychedelic jackets…”
5. Mirror Room British, Modern restaurant in Holborn Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn - WC1V
2019 Review: Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has created an artful afternoon tea with a colourful collection of pastries, inspired by the works of the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh, the “exceptional cakes and pastries are truly a work of art… and taste great too!”.
6. Hubbard & Bell, Hoxton Hotel American restaurant in Holborn 199-206 High Holborn - WC1
Actually in Holborn not Hoxton – “an all-pleasing place, with a cool bar area” that’s part of the Soho House group, tipped for its “excellent breakfasts” and “simple, classic burgers”.
7. Din Tai Fung Chinese, Dim sum restaurant in Holborn Centre Point, Tottenham Court Road - WC1A
“Crazily long queues marked the inaugural week” of the UK’s first 250-seat branch in Covent Garden of this legendary Asian soup, dumpling and noodle chain: established in 1972 in Taipei, and now also set to open a second branch near Centrepoint. “For anyone who’s been to DTF in the Far East, the first London one may come across as a slightly unnecessarily puffed-up version of what is at heart a fantastically efficient and good-value, shopping-mall brand”. “Dumplings, of many and various forms, are uniformly good (quality-control at this cult brand is notoriously anal)” and aficionados of the chain mostly feel “it lives up to the standards of branches in well-established locations in Asia”. But, they also warn that: “as per my experience in Singapore etc, they’re not about to change your concept of what a good xiao long bao, etc, can be”.
8. Seven Stars British, Modern restaurant in Holborn 53 Carey St - WC2
2017 Review: “This tiny, charismatic pub” behind the Royal Courts of Justice – run by landlady Roxy Beaujolais – “offers traditional ales and quirky food at very good value prices”.
9. Holborn Dining Room British, Traditional restaurant in Holborn 252 High Holborn - WC1
“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”.
10. Kimchee Korean restaurant in Holborn 71 High Holborn - WC1
2019 Review: These “busy” Korean BBQ joints – a Holborn original and in the new Pancras Square development (tel 020 3907 8474) – offer a range of grilled dishes, signature hot pickles and Korean cocktails in modern settings. Reports are “slightly variable” but most feel the food is “enjoyable”.
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