Bedford & Strand

Restaurants, Contemporary European Charing Cross
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Bedford & Strand
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In an area otherwise dominated by tourist traps, Bedford & Strand is popular with local workers, who stream to the basement bar for after-hours drinks.

Named, American-style, after its two cross streets, the bar also has a New York feel to its wine list. The headline page of the list offers around 20-25 selections available by the glass, carafe or bottle, split into five price-defined sections: ‘Reliable’, ‘Honest’, ‘Decent’, ‘Good’ and ‘Staff Picks’. The rest of the list is available by bottle only, with the exception of a few sherries and champagnes.

There’s a balance of New and Old Worlds, along with some curiosities (Brazilian wine, for instance). Pricing isn’t aggressive, but it pays to trade up. A glazed partition separates the bar from the white-tableclothed dining area, where bistro staples are on offer. A separate deli counter serves finger foods and charcuterie.


Venue name: Bedford & Strand
Address: 1A Bedford Street
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Sat, Food served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
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Aptly named little bar/restaurant on the corner of Bedford Street and the Strand, visible only by a small sign and a door leading downstairs.

The bar area is cosy and dimly lit, romantic if you will! One of the few bars I've come across that have Blue Moon on tap and serve as it should be! The dining area is fairly compact, so I would recommend booking in advance if you plan to go on a Friday or Saturday. Particular menu favourites were the chicken liver parfait and shepherd’s pie, we did also try the crab cakes but found them a bit on the dry side. Nice place for a quiet drink and meal midweek.


Unexpected, atmospheric cosy hideaway in the Strand / Covent Garden. This subterranean bar is gently candlelit, and has a generally rather French wine bar theme going on. I’ve visited for pre-theatre dining, fairly classic French, and executed to a high quality – and at around £45 for two including wine and service, fairly reasonable. The wine menu is charming – labelled at reliable, honest, decent and good – even the house white was unusual and completely delicious. As about 2/3 of tables are set aside for drinkers, it’s also a great post-dinner date location if you arrive on a quieter night.

Julia Ronaldson

Fab Fab Fab! I would never have found this place if I wasn't going with friends, but so glad I did. Relaxed, simple, and filled with character. Sod the suits and snoots, this place is a diamond.

Luke Rosie

Great venue but truly lacking in experience in all ways. Bad service and knowledge with large amount of items out of stock. The decor is really let down by the overall experience. Will most likely never return.

Sally Willis

Brimming with a cosy charm that is clearly lacking at the some of the west end’s big boys; a lot could be learned from this simple, classic little wine room.

T. DeWaal

Cosy and intimate, this is one of my favourite finds in all of London. Originally went for a friends leaving do, but came back for dinner last week. I arrived early and had a drink at the bar (a delightful little cab/shiraz). The barman was warm and seamed very knowledgeable. When my companion arrived we were seated without the fuss I have come to abhor from the more commercialised bistros in the area. What the menu lacked in design, it makes up for in flavour. And although I found the cottage pie somewhat plain, the tartare was sublime. I find the venue itself is summed up by its interior: classic, friendly, and intimate. I am certain that those who come expecting the ego-fanning pomp and elitism of high society will be happily disappointed by its simple layout and ethic. But the real highlight of my visit was the staff. They are real characters who know what they are talking about and are an absolute pleasure to engage with. I am so bored of lifeless, faceless waiting staff who would not dare crack smile, much less a joke. Here, thankfully, are real people who aren't afraid to stand up for their profession too. I watched one table of city-snoots who were being quite rude to our waitress, something about his cottage pie taking too long (this was a busy evening with almost every table full). Despite her apologies he seamed determined to lambast the poor girl on behalf of his appetite. She continued her attempts to placate the bear, now playing to his table as an audience, but he would not let her finish a sentence. I was about to lean across to liberate the young lady when she looked him square in eye and said "I appreciate what you are saying and have apologised, but do you know what is delaying it further? This conversation." She went on, "Now do you want me to go and get your main courses, or do you just want to sit there are shout at me some more?" As he fell silent, I damn near fell off my chair for laughing. A great evening of fantastic wine, some good food and some spectacular entertainment. Go to Bedford & Strand: If you like an eclectic selection of wine at decent prices administered by some of the sharpest bar-staff in all of London. Relax and let your hair down.