Little Bay

Clerkenwell

Little Bay doesn’t have an official mantra, but ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ might suit. This year, as every year, the gaudy, vaguely opera-themed decor remains the same. Faded gold and burgundy paint, fake rock-work and orgiastic frescoes continue to pepper an interior overlooked by a giant gold mask.

The menu is unchanged too, with the line-up of Mediterranean-inspired meals continuing to incorporate old faves like a faux choux bun topped with balsamic glaze and hollandaise and filled with a mulligatawny-flavoured crab paste. A starter of baked field mushrooms arrived atop a dab of punchy red pepper sauce, and the roast pork lunch’s tender cuts of meat were drizzled in a lovely rich gravy. Quality is reasonable, so, as most mains cost around £9 and starters are near the £4 mark, bargain-hunters flock here.

Don’t linger, though. Two different waitresses hovered to take our order, food came out of the kitchen so fast we risked burning our mouths, and the whole experience took just over an hour for two courses.

 

Venue name: Little Bay
Contact:
Address: 171 Farringdon Road
London
EC1R 3AL
Opening hours: Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
Price: Main courses £7.25-£15.95

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Glen S

rude staff. need more training on manners. worst downstair environment..

Sho D

I love Little Bay! I come here quite often and I find it to be a really fun experience. The decor is really quirky and the food is far from bland. It's a really good place to go when you're out with friends and want to have a fun and tasteful night out.

Jim

Really enjoyed my visit to the Little Bay in Farringdon. The food and service were great and the Live Opera entertainment was really something special. I think the guy below must have got out on the wrong side of the bed.

IG

We have been going to the Little Bay in Kilburn for many years. This time we decided to go to Farringdon because of its entertainment programme. We have not been disappointed. We regularly go to the Royal Opera House, and though we can't say that the Farringdon opera lady is as good as the Royal Opera singers, we can tell that she is really good. The atmosphere was lovely. Our French waiter was very friendly and the food was as good and reasonably priced as you would expect at the Little Bay.

Shrew77

Surprised at negative reviews here. This place is amazingly good value, lovely food and ambience. I prefer the Kilburn branch but think the Little Bay restaurants are absolute gems in a city where prices are usually so inflated. Paid £16 each for 2 courses, sides and a bottle of wine. Food delicious and way better than the likes of Le Mercury in Islington. Incredible! Will be back very soon!

Local

The service was awful. The food is good for the price, while it is 50% off, but there are far better French restaurants locally once the prices go back to usual.

Francesca

After having 2 waiters separately shout at us and our plates cleared away whilst we were still eating we decided not to leave a tip. Consequently our table then got a further telling off with the waiter screaming ‘I am not rude’… which if anything was just slightly ironic. The food was alright considering how cheap it was, but the staff really have to work on their people skills. In summary: shockingly bad service – will definitely not be returning!

foodloverN1

They are doing a great job - good food, friendly service and unbelievable value (and they are HALF PRICE on all food until September - starters about £2, mains around £4!!). Just don't miss it... And no, I am not connected with them, I'm just an enthusiastic local!