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HOURSMon.: 6:00pm-10:30pm; Tue.-Sat.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 2:00pm sitting
RESERVATIONSEssential; book at least three days in advance
PRICEAppetizer: GBP 5-10; Entree: GBP 10-26; Set Lunch on Sun.: GBP 30
FAMOUS PLATESHare ragu; Arbroath smokies; buttermilk pudding with prunes
DRINKS AND WINEGood bartender; limited wine list
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
TUBEHolborn; Covent Garden
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.
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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