Review on Great Queen Street
The assembled team sheet for this bright Covent Garden newcomer reads like a London gastropub first XI: there's Tom Norrington-Davies from the Eagle, Trish Hilferty (ex-the Fox), Robert Shaw and Jonathon Jones (Anchor & Hope) plus Mike Belben on the bench. Quite a line up! With that kind of pedigree, it's not surprising that Great Queen Street plays to full houses.
The premises (once a tellingly named boozer called the Rampage) has been given the full 'Anchor & Hope' treatment, right down to the ox-blood walls, rough-hewn wooden tables, deliberately scuffed floors and nicotine-yellow ceilings. But customers aren't here for the beer: it's the food which pulls in the crowds.
As you might expect from the main players' backgrounds, what comes out of their kitchen is simple, seasonal and emphatically ingredients-led. Menus are printed each day on a sheet of A4 and you can almost smell the home-grown Britishness of it all. To start, there might be smoked mackerel with gooseberries, bowls of cawl with mint sauce or warm snail and bacon salad. Then it's on to slow-cooked duck leg with celery plus fresh and pickled walnuts, hefty Hereford ribs of beef, a seven-hour pot-roast of lamb's neck or lemon sole with creamy crab sauce and home-pickled cucumber. For afters, think about rhubarb fool, buttermilk pudding with prunes or Muscat caramel custard. Trendy wines are served in chunky tumblers.
Great Queen Street is also featured in: Good Food Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: (1.00 - 4.00pm Sun) 12.00 through until
Dinner: 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card