The Delaunay

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Grand European cafés provide the inspiration: the interior is a treat, and the all-day menu has something for everyone – at prices that aren’t greedy.

The Delaunay was Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s 2012 follow-up to the Wolseley and, like that handsome behemoth, it looks like it’s been here for decades. Grand European cafés provide the inspiration, and the interior is a treat – a David Collins-designed mix of green leather banquette seating, dark wood, brass rails, antique mirrors and a black and white marble floor. The café and bar area leads through to the main dining room; next door is the Counter (a café serving savouries, cakes and coffee, with takeaway available).

The menu runs from breakfast to dinner, taking in afternoon tea (a not-to-be-missed opportunity to try the Austrian-biased cakes, all made in-house). There’s a dish of the day (goulash, say, or chicken curry), soups, salads and egg dishes, plus savouries (welsh and buck rarebits) and crustacea. The sandwich selection runs from croque monsieur to a brioche burger with french fries. Starters include steak tartare and smoked salmon plates; mains take in kedgeree and choucroute à l’Alsacienne. There’s also a good choice of sausages, served with potato salad, sauerkraut and caramelised onions: try the käsekrainer (an Austrian meat and cheese version).

In short, there’s something for everyone, at prices that aren’t greedy given the setting, the quality of the service and the assuredness of the menu.


Venue name: The Delaunay
Address: 55 Aldwych
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-11.30am Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat. Brunch served 11am-5pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 3-6.30pm daily. Meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Sat; 11.30am-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden; Temple; Charing Cross
Price: Main courses £6-£2. Cover (lunch and dinner) £2.Dinner for two with wine and service: around £120

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:15
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:8
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:2
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Superb! Everything about The Delaunay is spot on. Breakfast, Afternoon Tea and Dinner have all been wonderful. Must mention the Afternoon Tea in particular as it will rival, and probably top, any of the Afternoon Teas at the top London hotels. I think that the price is justified in the level of quality. Especially nice in the winter. The inside is cosy with an 'old library' feel given by the dark wood and grandfather clocks. Great atmosphere and excellent customer service.

Marc C
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The Delaunay is my favourite place for breakfast in London, it has the food quality of the Wolseley and bit more quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

David K
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The Delaunay is one of my favourite restaurants: great food, reasonable wine list and an amazing building.  The breakfasts are fantastic.  The one aspect that was not top notch for me there was Sunday lunch, where the roast beef didn't meet expectations (stick to the normal a la carte menu).  Still amazing overall though.

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Went here for breakfast, was absolutely lovely and great service, the scrambled eggs were a bit runny for my taste but the rest was very good. I'd go back.

Vicky Ashley
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I really like this restaurant. The food is good and the drink is excellent. The service is just brilliant. Good value for money. I will certainly go back there again next time I am in London.

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Great restaurant and cafe. I actually have the pleasure of working above this great restaurant and while I have only had the pleasure of dining at the restaurant once, I regularly enjoy a bite to eat and coffee at the cafe next door. The quality of food and the service is always of a high standard and really enjoy the cafe as impromptu morning meeting spot.

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I celebrated my birthday here a few weeks ago and the ambiance, service and food were exceptional. I am German and most dishes on the menu are from German speaking countries, so I wanted to find out, if it met up to the standards, of what I get back at home. And it surely did! We were 7 people all together and we received our food at the same time and everybody thought it was absolutely delicious. Desserts as well were amazing and the housewine was a very good choice as well! All together we payed 280 pounds for 7 people, which included all the mains with steaks and schnitzels, a dessert per person, 3 bottles of wine and coffee as well. Also the service was out of this world. Very polite and helpful and if anybody's knife, fork whatever fell down there was somebody to pick it up in a second. I would definitely go again!

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Simply superb on every level. Service, food, setting, ambience - can't wait to go back. Lovely start to the day if you're looking for somewhere special for brekkie.

D Weir
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Simply superb. Food and service is first class Only slight niggle was front of house wasn't particularly friendly and welcoming.

Suzi Jarman
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Best food ever and service....Such a special night for us and treat!!....we will be back for my birthday..Thank you all :-)) So lovely to see such a happy concierge greeting us :-) 10/10 :-))))))

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Best newcomer, my new favourite, great soups especially their goulash!

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Had afternoon tea here and it was absolutely exquisite. Perfect, simple sandwiches with delicious fillings (we were offered top ups when they ran out too). Then an assortment of little cakes and pastries that were classic but with an innovative twist (e.g a pink and green battenburg featuring apple). Topped up with perfect, warm scones and fine tea blends. If the food wasn't luxurious enough then the decor, service and overall ambience truly makes you feel like royalty. For £21 a head it's a great value treat - we didn't need to eat for the rest of the day!

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I was really looking forward to brunch here but was left very disappointed. While the space was great - very classic, the service was poor - an unfriendly waiter who wasn't particularly attentive. If there's a cover charge, I expect at least a smile, especially given this charge was included when calculating the service charge. The food was nice, not amazing, and a little over priced for what it was. The Delaunay definitely isn't in my top five brunch choices. Anyone who is considering it should keep walking around the corner to Balthazar - great buzz, great service, great space and great food.

Jennifer N

We had a delicious dinner last night pre-theatre and loved it.  The food was delicious (best Schnitzel Holstein in town!) the service excellent, the ambiance perfect.  It was expensive, but worth every penny and we will definitely return and recommend it to friends.

nadia harvey

Excellent restaurant and cafe - this is one of the " must do " I would recommend it to any " foodie"


The Delaunay is a great venue for a breakfast with family, friends or a date. It has a great atmosphere and feels very luxurious, without the price tag. The service is always fantastic. I would recommend the pancakes with fruit and creme fraiche for an alternative breakfast treat.


Food good but pricing policy needs a review as some simple dishes much too expensive for what they are. But overall the kitchen is doing their job well. The area that leaves a lot to be desired is service. The only smile I got was from the doorman. Apart from him, the coat check girl, the dismissive receptionists, the surly barmen and the subpar waiting staff were definitely not delivering what one would expect.

Katie wright

We went today for Sunday lunch as it is recommended, it was nice, not the best I have ever had, the potatoes were really bad, tasted frozen but the rest was lovely...funnily enough there was another guest sitting at a table next to us complaining about the very same thing. May sound petty but for £18.50 you expect better than aunt Bessie's. Other than that the menu is well priced, the starter we had was divine a bacon tarte flambé. The service was terrible we waited 35 mins just to have our order taken, but the setting and atmosphere made up fr it, it is a lovely place, just let down by the service.


I went on Sunday afternoon and it was very busy. The Roast Rib of Beef and Grill Calf's liver are both very nice.


I took my mum to the Delauney on Sunday for an early mothers day afternoon tea. We arrived in good time for our reservation at 3.30 pm. We were told our table wasn't yet ready which wasn't a big concern although I did notice an awful lot of people milling around in the bar. 40 minutes later we still hadn't been seated and I was starting to feel a bit embarrassed. The front of house were apologetic in a fairly vague way and didn't seem willing to provide any kind of compensation. A complementary drink would not have gone amiss! When we were finally seated the tea was very good but I feel that the experience was really let down by the long wait. I have been to the Wolsely on a number of occasions and never had any difficulty. I think the Delauney will need to up their game a bit if they are going to compete!


An absolutely wonderful evening. My boyfriend and I went for a lovely romantic meal and it's the best restaurant we've been to. The food was cooked to perfection and the service was impeccable.


We had brunch here on Sunday. We hadn't booked, but were advised that if we arrived at 11am, we could be seated at the front of the restaurant in the lounge area. The eggs Benedict and Florentine were both delicious and the service was good. £45 for brunch for 2 isn't bad, but I imagine its better to come for dinner and sit in the main room.


We had as close to a perfect meal here as I can imagine. The food was delicious, I'd particularly recommend the Choucroute but everyone was pleased with their meals, and the decor is beautiful. Best of all was the service; the gentleman who served us couldn't have been nicer. I can't wait to find an excuse to go again.

Georgina E
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Booked The Delauney for Sunday roast and was super excited. Got there and decor didnt disappoint! Bit hushed as if everyone bit scared to chat at normal levels. Roast was extremely disappointing, really boring and tasteless, most of my meat was inedible fat. Asked for a refund and got one no problem. Wont be going back though!

Tom W
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The food was ok, but far away from excellent,  my char grilled fish were to quit salty . To top it off, found the chairs really uncomfortable. It wasn't a cheap meal quit expencive, and service its not really good, they bussy but pushing to much.

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Utterly terrible experience. We had to prompt being given menus and again to order, at one point there was a 45 minute wait for a bottle of wine for the table, one dish had to be sent back as the poussin was pink in the middle, so many good restaurants in London, no idea how they are busy.

Tess Murray
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We booked to have brunch on a Saturday. The restaurant was very busy which meant we did have to wait at times to order more drinks. The Arlington (poached egg and smoked salmon) was fantastic - very tasty and good quality ingredients, classic scrambled egg and bacon looked great although they failed to bring toast until the meal was almost over. Service did let them down a bit but, in the hope it was a one off, that would not stop me from returning again.

Marc Desjardins
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Went for dinner on Saturday. Decor is superbe but found service unbearably slow and aloof. Lots of staff just appear to be running around. Food was decent but certainly nothing to write home about. Some items on the menu seem of good value but most others not as the dishes are very basic - although overall tasty, it is certainly not la grande cuisine.. choucroute, goulash, schnitzel, french fries, etc..

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Really disappointing experience. We went for dinner having seen some really good reviews (including the timeout review). Did they go to the same place? The service was lack lustre to say the least. It took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine and we continually had to search for a waiter to take our order. The food was average at best and massively overpriced. My steak was overcooked and my partners 7 hour slow cooked pork was tough. When we said to the waiter that it was tough he said 'oh dear, it shouldn't be' but did nothing to sort it out. We ended up not staying for pudding. This is style with no substance!

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Service was excellent, attentive, knowledgeable and charming. The setting whilst grand is impressive, but this didn't make up for the fact that the menu is confused, not knowing if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner and the food not as impressive as previous reviews would have you believe. We had oysters which were excellent, but our main courses left something to be desired, fish over cooked and traditional German dishes hugely overpriced for what they are. It is a great shame to say that we will not be going back, London has far better restaurants on offer.

Tom J
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Overrated. The service was absolutely terrible, and the food both expensive and unremarkable.

M. R. W
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Had a lovely lunch at The Delaunay service was dreadful, have eaten at The Wolseley a few times service has always been great

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Six of us attended a late afternoon Saturday lunch here. I really wanted to like the Delaunay but left disappointed. The service was slow and unattentive, it took 20 mins to get the bill. There seemed to be lots of staff but they were somehow elusive. The food was mostly ok, but not excellent, and the veg accompanying my char grilled fish were too salty to eat. To top it off, found the chairs really uncomfortable. It wasn't a cheap meal, and I didn't feel that overall it was value for money. I won't rush back.