Bleeding Heart Bistro

Restaurants , French Farringdon
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Venue says: "Special offer - two courses £17.50 or three courses £21.50 (set-menu). 'Best French bistro in London' - City AM."

A long‐established French bistro that’s one of a number of venues surrounding the same courtyard.

Four hundred years ago in a cobbled Farringdon courtyard, a society beauty was torn limb from limb by a jealous lover. When they found her, her still‐beating heart was pumping blood onto the cobblestones. Since then, the courtyard’s been known as Bleeding Heart Yard and the story is absolutely, completely, 100 percent true. Or maybe it’s gibberish. No‐one knows, if we’re honest.

Still, this solid French bistro knows a good story when it hears one, so all its menus bear the legend. The interior is a tad like a French farmhouse by way of a Victorian workhouse: the bare wooden beams and metal pillars of this ex‐ warehouse space are pepped up by nineteenth‐century French wine posters and big stoneware flagons saying ‘beaujolais’ or ‘vin blanc’.

Food is hearty French bistro fare: soupe de poisson topped with big goopy spoonfuls of cheese and garlicky rouille; perfectly pink steaks; and rich beef cheek bourguignon – although be warned, the potato dauphinois is a slightly disappointing couple of chunks of the stuff rather than the bubbling skillet you might expect.

Service is super‐attentive – every time our table wobbled a waiter would shoot over with a prop. One thing surprised: the largely middle‐aged clientele. After all, with all the low lighting, you’d think it’d be the perfect location for a romantic meal. But then again, given the area’s history with that, maybe they decided not to put their hearts (literally) on the line.

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Bleeding Heart Bistro says
Our romantic busy, buzzy French bistro with its striking nineteenth-century French wine posters and eccentric vineyard sculpture combines a warm ambiance and cheerful yet professional service with traditional French dishes ranging from coq au vin and steak frites to lapin à la moutarde, plus a multi-award winning wine list of 450 wines by the bottle and more than a dozen by the glass.

From spring to autumn the bistro has a secluded courtyard terrace sitting more than 30. We have a number of London's most charming and atmospheric private dining rooms seating from 12 to 120, all offering the warm hospitality and impeccable service for which Bleeding Heart is noted throughout the City. We are perfect for your private entertainment or business event and Christmas party.

Located two minutes' walk from Farringdon station and a five minutes' walk from Chancery Lane..
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Venue name: Bleeding Heart Bistro
Contact:
Address: Bleeding Heart Yard
London
EC1N 8SJ
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100
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