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Villandry - Great Portland Street (CLOSED)

  • Bars and pubs
  • Great Portland Street
  • price 3 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars

Please note, Villandry has now closed. Time Out Food editors, August 2018

Villandry’s marbled pâtisserie counter – crammed with temptations such as salted caramel and walnut tarts, blackberry éclairs and chocolate mousses – deservedly takes centre stage at this self-proclaimed ‘grand café’. The venue has several distinct areas. The café overlooking Great Portland Street is the buzziest, even on a Saturday evening.

Behind it, the refurbished central bar strikes a rather imposing note, thanks to a formidable shade of red, while the more formal dining room on the Bolsover Street side is, by contrast, a model of understatement. It’s not often you find a restaurant where diners are happy to eat alone, but this is one such place, owing to the unshowy, affordable menu and the chance to sit unhurried and unjudged by easy-going staff. The menu covers all bases: burgers, salads, steaks, plenty of fish and seafood, and weekend brunch. Duck confit was tender and moist, and plum crumble a deliciously fruity concoction topped with chantilly cream.

Villandry seems genuinely happy to accommodate your whims, whether that’s a simple quiche in the restaurant or takeaway chocolates from the compact grocery area. It seems they’ve thought of everything: come summer, there’s a juice bar and a counter serving frozen yoghurt and ice-cream.

Details

Address:
170 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5QB
Transport:
Tube: Great Portland Street
Price:
Various
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 7.30am - 11pm, Saturday 9am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm
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