Belgo Centraal

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Belgo Centraal

There's more to this Belgian restaurant and bar than just mussels, even if the pots, platters and bowls of moules are what this long-standing chain is probably best known for. There are more than 70 beers (from Belgium, the UK and the US) on offer for starters, and a food menu that ranges from rotisserie-roasted chickens to burgers, steaks and crispy bellies of pork.

This Covent Garden branch – the group's second of four in London – has been going for over 20 years. It's a huge space, with two separate rooms (a dining room and a beer hall) set over 12,000 square feet between Shelton Street and Earlham Street, just down from Seven Dials. 

Many visit for the mussels, and there's a range of different dishes on offer, from the 'traditionelle' cooked in a white wine, celery, garlic and onion broth to the Thai (lemongrass, chilli, ginger, kaffir lime, coconut and coriander) and the kimchi – a hot, sweet and sour, Korean cabbage and grilled chilli pepper dish. Keep an eye out for express lunches, too.

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Venue name: Belgo Centraal
Address: 50
Earlham Street
London
WC2H 9LJ
Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Tastemaker

I'm not a fan of mussels BUT I am a fan of Belgium and Belgian people. If you like beer, you'll think you're in Paradise: a menu full of a few 100 beers, some served in ridiculously fancy and complicated looking glasses. The food is absolutely delicious: I usually have the beef and plum casserole or the half chicken. For pudding, I recommend the delicious creme brulee.

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usually with meals that have mussels, they are small, and a pain as yous spend all that effort getting they out, not so here, the mussels must of been the biggest, I have had, and so tasty! Especially with the belgium beer, highly recommended!!

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I know this place is famous for mussels but I have always been a massive fan of the half chicken.. But to be fair I do tend to have mussels to start if I am having 2 courses. Had not been in a while and forgot how lovely the food was. Will be heading back sooner next time.  

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A perfect manifestation of Belgian cuisine in the heart of London. Very good for large groups.

Tastemaker

It was a TimeOut restaurant deal that convinced me to try this place out with a friend, as I wouldn't normally think of going here. When we arrived I couldn't believe how incredible the building was - and in a way it's a shame that the space isn't used for a more creative purpose. 


The service was friendly and prompt and the whole experience, with the cool industrial feel felt a bit like we were dining in outer space. Something about it all felt a little strange and I can't decide if I liked it or not. 


The food itself is definitely tasty with a great range of drinks. But I guess I want a space this interesting to offer something interesting - more of an experience, rather than a big chain restaurant. The food does not excite me, so is not going to make me want to bring a whole load of friends, or make many return visits. Whereas if it served really interesting tapas or had some kind of entertainment - that would gel well with the environment and make for a great night out. 


If, however, you are a fan of mussels, waffles and/or Belgium Beer, you would certainly do well to come and eat here. Good quality grub, great prices and a friendly service. But don't bring any 'big people' though, as the seats and tables are teeny tiny - a bit like their fries :)


tastemaker

I think this is my favourite Belgo, using a timeout voucher for £10 we got starter, mussels, chips and a drink. The staff are friendly and the venue is great. We've visited as a 2 or a 20, they cater for all group sizes. The range of beers is spectacular and the food is always good. 

tastemaker

I used to avoid this place thinking it could not surprise me. There is such a variety of spots in convent garden, and I was convinced Belgo is just not worth a visit. One day I found myself looking for a place to sit down and have a chat with my friend and Belgo was just on our way so I we decided to give it a shot - and it was a surprisingly good choice!

They have a great selection of, not only Belgian, beers and a super friendly staff members were very keen on recommending something for our taste. 

I haven't tried the food but from what I saw it looked tasty and smelled delicious. Interesting interior, not my taste really but that is not the most important thing as Belgo is definitely worth a visit.


After seeing Belgo promoted so many times finally took the plunge for lunch and what a win it was. The rotisserie chicken was absolutely amazing. Juicy, didn't even need a knife, the bones just slide out leaving this fanstastic meat in a beef and beer gravy. Fast service, polite service and great food. Highly recommend a visit.Can't think of a better place in London to beat this as a spitroast chicken dish.

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Belgo Covent Garden

A rather mild Friday December evening we found ourselves seeking a place to eat however the words Friday and December mean everyone in London are celebrating Christmas so everywhere was super busy.

My friend then thought of Belgo as it's a large establishment with plenty of space so we popped in at around 8pm and was advised we would have a 30 minute wait so we opted for the bar first.

Belgo has a Belgium inspiration and has many Belgium beers, lots of different styles and brands and flavours. I opted for a pint of fruli which is at £6.50 a pint but a delightful fruity drink which I think it worth the investment.

As soon as our table ready we was met by a waitress and taken into the rather industrial looking super large restaurant. We had many Christmas parties around us but I have to admit the service was speedy and really friendly.

We went for the whole chicken sharer with two sauces (beer gravy and the mushroom and tarragon sauce) served with two portions of triple cooked fries.

The chicken was delicious and the fries were certainly triple cooked which as a crispy chip fan perfectly accompanied our meal.

Value for money wise it was £22 for the above meal so certainly worth it.

I'm looking forward to my return visit another dish as the menu has great variety.

Tastemaker

A good, large space in Covent Garden with quick, tasty food - good for pre-theatre or a fast lunch. They have an impressive selection of beers, and the waiting staff were slightly odd robes as if from the future. Worth a visit!

Tastemaker

I recently went to Belgo for the first time with a friend. Having lived in Luxembourg I'm fond of Belgian food, especially their mussels and their fries. So even when I looked at the menu I couldn't let myself choose any other dish. But the best thing about this place is their huge selection of beer. They have about 40 different beers, and at least 10 on tap. They also have a good selection of wines for people who don't like beer. One of my favourite things about the place was that you walk past the kitchen to be seated to eat. So you can see how they work and how quickly they get the food out to the clients. 


They also have a "fast menu" which allows you to have a quick lunch if you're shot on time, which is something I really appreciate. The staff was very friendly and attentive and they brought us everything we needed really quickly. Even when all the tables were full. The restaurant got a little bit noisy at times but I really enjoyed my dining experience. I know I'll go back there when I'm craving seafood. 

tastemaker

I thought this place was a bit over priced for the food quality. The only enjoyable thing was the mussels, chicken drumsticks were meh and forgot what else we had ordered (that's how forgettable this place was). The drinks were pretty decent but £5 to £6 for a small beer, that was a little outrageous!


Went to the branch at old Compton street today and was very disappointed to say the least! I went with a party of 10+ and the majority of us were not overly pleased with our meals. The chicken was beyond dry and bland, the smokey paprika potatoes were dry and just tasted burnt - no hint of paprika at all. Most of us left to eat again elsewhere

Tastemaker

A great big hunking slab of tasty Belgian cuisine and hundreds of different Beers stewing in the central of London. It's generally loud and very busy but never takes too long to get a table, and once you're in you can soak up the atmosphere with some traditional Belgian moules frites and a fine Belgian beer that comes in its own unique glass. Not somewhere to go on a first date but definitely a place to have a laugh and take your mates.


I don’t normally like chains. But, rarely can you find anywhere with so many great Belgian beers, so I had to give it a try. Besides, this is a London staple that has been around for 20 years. While the cellar location works well for the Belgian beer vibe the restaurant tables and decor could do with modernising. Though the Moules where not the best I've ever had, they where certainly good and the staff was friendly. Having said that, I recon I will definitely be back be back whenever I am craving a Vedett, La Chouffe or even a Delirium! 


Loved it! Great food, great service, great location - can't wait to go back! 

Staff Writer

Had a cracking lunch at Belgo's today. I would recomend for lunch and an evening out- in fact I'm planning my next visit with friends for a night out- food followed by drinks at the bar :) 


Brilliant for parties and perfectly located right in the middle of Covent Garden, Belgo Centraal is the perfect place to enjoy proper Belgian beer and excellent food. I had the goat’s cheese salad, though the chef kindly swapped the goat’s cheese for feta, which was lovely and fresh and a big enough portion to keep me going all afternoon, accompanied by a honey beer, which was incredible. 

The waiting staff were happy to recommend beers to us and gave good service throughout our meal. It was also excellent value and a great setting for lunch with a group of friends or colleagues. Would definitely recommend it.

moderator

Just had a tasty lunch here - food and service were great. The venue is really fun - good place to go with a group of friends. The seating could be a little more comfortable, but we were there for 2 hours...

Staff Writer

Really friendly service and delicious food. Great for a group meal out if you're looking for some hearty food right in the heart of Seven Dials.

Staff Writer

Great location for a big group, but equally good fit for a relaxed date night.  The venue is huge and really different - it's like entering a beer factory.  My other half loved the selection of beers, and I really like the different options of mussel bowls.



Always great food whenever I eat here, friendly staff, and remarkable cheap for the quality! Huge selection of beer is a massive bonus. Highly recommended!