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It’s a pleasure walking past the grand buildings around Bank station. Before heading into this ground-floor restaurant in the Threadneedle Hotel, pop into the foyer to take a look at the beautiful stained-glass dome.

The dining room is stately, with soaring columns, elegant walnut panelling and oak flooring, but it doesn’t seem overly ornate thanks to clever use of contemporary lighting and furnishings that soften the space. You don’t need to raid the gold reserves at the Bank of England to eat here; prices are fair for the location, especially the set menus (these can vary – check the website for the latest offers). The hefty wine list also caters for different budgets. Service is discreet and willing.

Mackerel made an unexciting start to a meal; it could have done with less time on the grill, but its oily nature was neatly foiled by a tomato fondue and splashes of balsamic vinegar. Chef Stephen Smith majors in British ingredients, so we couldn’t resist a pork cutlet with potato and wild garlic mash, apple and crispy sage – and were well rewarded. Also delightful was sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream.

Mobile phone signals can be intermittent in parts of the room, making Bonds a cheerful means of leaving daily stresses behind.

 

Venue name: Bonds
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Address: Threadneedles, 5 Threadneedle Street
London
EC2R 8AY
Opening hours: Breakfast served 6.30-10am Mon-Fri; 7.30-11am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Main courses £12.95-£26.50. Set meal £20 2 courses, £24 3 courses

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John

Christmas dinner with friends. The venue is spectacular, has a great atmosphere with good food and excellent service. Great wine list. Highly recommended and will definitely return in the new year.

Marloes

Went to Bonds for a high tea. Made a reservation for 16h. Called at 14h to asked if it was possible to come earlier, eg 15h. Our reservation was not recognised, but they said 'feel free to come earlier'. When we arrived at 15.15h, the reception of the hotel had no idea where we came for. Finally they figured it out, and directed us to their own restaurant bar. The people of the restaurant were surprised by our early arrival and sent us back to the hotel lobby to get placed. Asked whether we would like to start with tea and champagne. 'Yes, please'. Well, the tea arrived, but the champagne didn't. Different people came by our table to ask about our presence and high tea, and finally the manager came and told us that we had to wait, and that the food would be ready in 15 minutes (16h). The lobby was very cold and windy, so we kindly asked wether the curtains or the door could be closed. This was not possible. However the heating was put higher, and it would take some time to warm up. Upon second request the champagne arrived. It was still very cold. 50 minutes after the manager had told us the food would arrive after 15 minutes, it still hadn't arrived. We were really disappointed, and left hungry without high tea.