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    GREAT QUEEN STREET

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    Great Queen Street

    32 Great Queen St. (Holborn)

    London

    (44) 020-7242-0622

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    • CUISINE

      British Gastropub
    • HOURS

      Mon.: 6:00pm-10:30pm; Tue.-Sat.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 2:00pm sitting
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Essential; book at least three days in advance
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      2007
    • PRICE

      Appetizer: GBP 5-10; Entree: GBP 10-26; Set Lunch on Sun.: GBP 30
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Hare ragu; Arbroath smokies; buttermilk pudding with prunes
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Good bartender; limited wine list
    • # OF SEATS

      50-75
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • TUBE

      Holborn; Covent Garden

    VIBE

    Riding the gastropub wave sweeping Britain, Great Queen Street is all about great eats in a strenuously unpretentious atmosphere. Worn wood floors, basic wood tables (no tablecloths), and plain-speak menus, they get their minimalist point across, though with long waiting lists and foie gras on offer, it’s perhaps not as proletarian as all that. Nonetheless, the hearty home-style cooking is great (can be adventurous–some offal included), the service–while sometimes spacey–is charming, and the buzz is an often happy one. We’ve heard that Sunday lunches, which are served family style in a single seating, are well worth checking out.

    CROWD

    The young and hip in-crowd, foodies, and gastropub fanatics.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s pretty casual. We’d wear jeans and add a piece of chunky jewelry.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends; a date; family

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The food is wholesome and hearty, and the convivial pub atmosphere lovely. A great way to warm up on a rainy London evening.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    It can get really crowded–so crowded in fact that you can get bumped from your table for taking too long. While this is typical London practice, the Americans in us think it would be better to control numbers and let diners get through their meals at their own pace. Also, for us it was a bit dark and depressing for a daytime meal like brunch on a sunny day.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    The bar is a good hangout if you arrive early, and for after dinner there’s a new bar (Dive Bar) in the basement. Menu is limited with some offal served, so finicky eaters don’t always do well here.

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