32 Great Queen Street
We are becoming increasingly spoilt for choice for top notch restaurants in Covent Garden but 32 Great Queen Street is a long standing favourite for many a local and an unexpected treat for the discerning tourist stumbling across it (provided they can get a table without booking). It is fantastically located on the street that it takes its name, Great Queen Street, the main thoroughfare from Holborn to Covent Garden which is only a two minute walk from Holborn station.
More importantly, the food is heart-warmingly good and if it could be enhanced any further, it is, thanks to the rustic interior and atmospheric dim lighting even by day. The menu changes daily and is fresh, yet hearty, offering British classics with a modern twist. Think comfort food at its finest. Think slow cooked pork with a generous quantity of cockles added to the stew.
If alfresco dining is more your thing, book ahead to secure one of the quaint, white-linen clad tables on the street to watch the hustle and bustle of office workers, tourists, shoppers and freemasons coming in and out of the remarkable and huge United Grand Lodge of England opposite the restaurant. There is never a dull moment.
Difficult to recommend our favourite dish as we love them all and thanks to head chef Sam Hutchins working hard to ensure the menu remains seasonal and innovative, you’ll rarely find exactly the same dish twice. But to give you an idea (and to get your taste buds tingling), we really enjoyed the brown shrimps broccoli toast for £8 and seven hour lamb with gratin dauphinoise and vegetables (for three!) at £48.