The busy buzzy Bistro, high ceiling and high windows, with its striking 19th Century French wine posters is the perfect place for an informal business lunch with a colleague or a jolly supper with a group of chums. Certainly, the bistro’s sunny terrace, shaded by a huge red awning, seems far away from the streets of Farringdon. With its professional, friendly service and warm ambience, the Bistro offers both traditional and modern French fare ranging from classic Omelettes, Coq au Vin and Steak Frites to Breast of Duck and Shank of Lamb, plus a great-value list of 450 wines by the bottle and a dozen by the glass.
£25 and under
Restaurant has 3 different venues: Restaurant, Bistro, Tavern. I went to the Bistro with a group of friends. The Bistro seating and menu is less formal and our group sat at a comfortable round table. Service was good and we had a great time (possibly helped along by the stop at the pub earlier). Unfortunately, I thought the seating and service were the high-points of the place.
Not sure if...more
The food was reasonable given the price and the restaurant staff suitably attentive even if the waiter's strangely shaped head was a constant distraction.
Avoid the Hawkes Bay pinot noir - it was truly awful. Despite being a consumate alcoholic, even I had trouble drinking the stuff, it was a cross between rocket fuel and ribena mixed with meths.more
Businessy, consistent, French.
I only go here occasionally for breakfast, but if you're lucky, you'll get to witness the waitresses having a spat with each other. Most amusing on a friday morning.
Croissants are good. Coffee is surprisingly poor.more
The Bleeding Heart has apparently been around nearly forever. It is, on the face of it a pub, however, it is better known as a French bistro cum/restaurant, and, I have to say, I wouldn't fee all that comfortable sitting there just for a drink at lunchtime.
As you might expect, it's full of city types at lunchtime. The food is very good, though arguably expensive for a pub (but, as...more