Villandry’s marbled pâtisserie counter – crammed with temptations such as salted caramel and walnut tarts, blackberry éclairs and chocolate mousses – deservedly takes centre stage at this self-proclaimed ‘grand café’. The venue has several distinct areas. The café overlooking Great Portland Street is the buzziest, even on a Saturday evening.
Behind it, the refurbished central bar strikes a rather imposing note, thanks to a formidable shade of red, while the more formal dining room on the Bolsover Street side is, by contrast, a model of understatement. It’s not often you find a restaurant where diners are happy to eat alone, but this is one such place, owing to the unshowy, affordable menu and the chance to sit unhurried and unjudged by easy-going staff. The menu covers all bases: burgers, salads, steaks, plenty of fish and seafood, and weekend brunch. Duck confit was tender and moist, and plum crumble a deliciously fruity concoction topped with chantilly cream.
Villandry seems genuinely happy to accommodate your whims, whether that’s a simple quiche in the restaurant or takeaway chocolates from the compact grocery area. It seems they’ve thought of everything: come summer, there’s a juice bar and a counter serving frozen yoghurt and ice-cream.
Every Friday we offer our pizza and prosecco night which is two pizzas and one bottle of prosecco for only £25! At weekends, we offer our extremely popular bottomless brunch: enjoy a selection of pastries, brunch, cake and free flowing prosecco for only £35!
|Venue name:||Villandry - Great Portland Street||Contact:|
170 Great Portland Street
|Opening hours:||Monday - Friday 7.30am - 10.30pm, Satyurday 8am - 10.30pm, Sunday 9am - 6pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Great Portland Street|
|Price:||£50 for 2 people|
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Average User Rating
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After reading several blogs, we settled on this venue for our friends birthday brunch, and it wouldn't be birthday brunch without it being bottomless!
Overall, Villandry provided thoughtful service, decent Prosecco and was relatively accommodating for a gluten-free member of our party.
The fact they were able to seat 20 of us, and continue to have our glasses topped up was impressive.
For £30 you can't go too far wrong, the vibe was pleasant and there was a lot of choice on the menu. However, a two hour sitting really doesn't feel long enough, although this is standard for most brunches. Would definitely head back for a special occasion, or a weekend when not hungover.