Belgo Holborn

Restaurants , Belgian Covent Garden
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Belgo Holborn

One of four Belgos in London - there are others in Bromley and Chalk Farm, as well as one nearby on Earlham Street - this Kingsway branch brings a similarly popular combination of moules, frites and Belgian beer. They're served in a venue that was once a bank, its safe now the Belgo beer cellar. 

The 52 Belgian beers by the bottle range from the well-known and recognisable (Stella Artois, Vedett, Duvel) to less oft-seen options such as Pauwel Kwak, Satan Red, Mongozo Coconut and Delirium Nocturnum. Make sure you keep an eye on the ABV - in true Belgian style, some are pretty potent.

The mussels do brisk business here. They're served in kilo pots in a variety of broths (traditionelle, classic, Thai) as platters or in dishes such as the Espangole - cooked with roast tomato, chorizo, smoked paprika and potatoes. Outside of the moules there are burgers, steaks, rotisserie chicken dishes and the Belgo take on classic fish and chips.

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Belgo Holborn says
Belgo is renowned and revered as London's first and best moules and biere restaurant. This iconic brand puts tasty food first and offers an extensive range of 52 craft beers that go really well with the dishes we serve, from our famous moules to lobster and rotisserie chicken.
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Venue name: Belgo Holborn
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Address: 67 Kingsway
London
WC2B 6TD
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thur, 11am-1am Fri, Sat, noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube
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GirlAboutLondon
tastemaker

When I think 'Belgos', I think mussels and beer because they have a great selection of both.

They often do set meals and their 'beat the clock' offer which is great value.

This branch in Holborn is right on the high street and because of its location gets really busy when the after-work crowds descend- the bar gets rammed (too rammed), it's not very big at all, but during the day and on the weekend it's a really good option for lunch because it's relatively quiet.

Nowhere else have I seen so many options for mussels. Forget the default 'garlic and white wine' (although they do do this and I'm sure it's good), Belgos have Thai, Provençal, blue cheese, chorizo, to name a few, and I remember them also doing a special that had prosecco in it.

The portions are big, ingredients are fresh and delicious. I've only had one minor problem when my crepe with cream definitely had no cream. But otherwise every meal has been good.

They do really good chicken too- their Belgo beer bbq is especially sweet and sticky. So if you're not into mussels, no problem- there's plenty more to choose from. But for me it's all about the mussels and beer. You can't get more Belgium in central London!

Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

One of the four branches in London, this one is not half as busy as the Covent Garden one. I would have to say the service was slow and very poor. We went on a Tuesday night, it was less than half full and it took ages for our orders to be put through. The mains finally came and they placed them on the table and didn't even clean up our starter plates. I was very surprised. The food itself was great though, over 50 types of beer to try and the mussels with a variety of sauces made up for it! There is a set menu for three courses for £19, via book able table which is great value for money.

Sarah G
Tastemaker

Booked Belgo for an inexpensive yet fun family dinner for a pre theatre trip. I was underwhelmed. The layout of the restaurant means it is pretty awkward to walk around. There is no obvious place to check in so the initial welcome is off hand. We had two children but were not offered a children's menu or activities. The adults portions are huge so we ended up with far too much food. The service was slow but friendly. The food was fine but unremarkable. We paid around £75 for 4 for a main course and drinks - for the money there are better places. 

Sarah J
tastemaker

A friend and I had dinner here last Tuesday evening. The service and food was impeccable, our waitress was super friendly and we really enjoyed speaking to her about Tango and her customer service was excellent. We were able to use our 25% with Gourmet Society which was an added bonus, and the food came really fast. I was slightly disappointed that they didn't have the croquettes available, and there were no open mussel platters on the menu (as that's what I usually go for). But it was an ambient and enjoyable evening altogether.