Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Adam Ellis

Unlike other Martin Brothers’ ventures, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms isn’t much of a pub (though you can drink in the roomy bar, where beer and wine are taken seriously), and the dining room feels like a restaurant, with prices to match. The decor here is less in-your-face (no taxidermy, for a start) and more lounge-like than the Jugged Hare – the gastropub that’s also attached to the Montcalm London City hotel. Colours are subdued, chairs nicely padded; staff are friendly and professional.

What was slightly below-par on our visit was the food. Coq au vin, served with excellent savoy cabbage and creamed potato, was more like three chicken pieces recently introduced to gravy, while a main course salad of smoked barbary duck breast was dominated by its salad cream-like dressing and (unexpectedly candied) walnuts. These dishes hovered around £15; even pricier were the likes of grilled fillet of Cornish brill (£27) – too much for what is merely competent cooking.

The bar menu might be the more attractive option, including charcuterie plates, cheeseboards, and steak sandwiches (though even these are £15) – or look out for one of the generous special offers.

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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms says
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is a modern British restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of the City. Providing the best of new and old-fashioned British cooking, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
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Venue name: Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Address: 56 Chiswell Street
Opening hours: Lunch served 11.30am-3.30pm, tea served 3.30-6pm, dinner served 6-10.45pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Barbican or Moorgate tube/rail
Price: Main courses £12.50-£27. Set meal £38-£50 3 courses
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4.3 / 5

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Perfect place for a business lunch. We came here for a Christmas celebration with clients and everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Attentive service, good ambience and delicious food, generously portioned. Some excellent wine too. Would definitely visit again and recommend to anyone looking for great food in classy surroundings. 

We held an after concert dinner in the Samuel Room. This was a very important function for us which involved a complicated arrival / dining schedule. The service was excellent with a lead manager and two staff who were all extremely efficient. Good food, great venue and all in all the best choice for an after Barbican event.  Highly recommended.  Thanks from us all at Opera Rara - we will be back soon! 

With thanks to The Montcalm Hotel and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. I hosted a private meeting and dinner in the Worsley Room catered by Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. The service was excellent with a dedicated waiter on hand throughout our event. Members of the hotel staff were also very helpful and on hand during our stay. Food was great and my guests thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Fantastic value and very well communicated and organised service prior to our arrival. Thank you on behalf of Netlaw Media. 

I organised a dinner in one of their private rooms for my boss and some guests following an event, and I couldn't have been happier - their team was very helpful in helping me prepare for the evening with a flexible menu and every eventuality covered for.

The dinner itself, so I have heard, was fantastic. Speedy and efficient service, great food, and a reasonable price. Chiswell Street Dining Rooms ranks highly on the restaurants I've used for corporate events and I'd certainly use them again.

I went to one of their private rooms last week for a colleague's farewell dinner.  The help I received in organizing the dinner was great with flexibility on the menu, corkage arrangements and seating plan.  Drinks in the bar area before hand was a little crowded but once in the room the atmosphere was great.  The 2 guys waiting were really professional and calm despite my best attempts at confusing them.  The food was very good and all of our party said they enjoyed themselves.

Would happily recommend.

Awesome place. I organised a company party here for ~16 people. The food was great, everything was exactly on time, the staff were incredibly nice and helpful, and all in all it was a perfect evening. Highly recommended!

Pre-theatre early evening dinner. Like going back in time to London dining a decade ago.  Food was well executed but unimaginative, portions were adequate, prices astronomical for what is basically posh pub-grub - £23-27 for most main courses, £4.50 per side-dish. Wine list unimaginative, especially the by-the-glass selection. Blood orange tart for desert was very good. As we left I saw the bar menu and half-wished we'd opted for that, but this would merely have put us amongst the braying lawyers who were all too audible from the dining room.  Apparently this place is always full at lunchtime.  Smacks of the Martin Brothers cashing in on the un-distinguishing local clientele.

I organised an afternoon tea baby shower at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Great atmosphere and we were well looked after. The afternoon tea was very good value for money and we particularly liked the scones, they were fluffy and crumbly and delicious. We will definitely recommend the venue and bear in mind for future events!

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Great food, great atmosphere.  Staff were polite and efficient, menu was very more-ish.  

Highly recommend Chiswell Street Dining Rooms! I organised our company's team Christmas Party in the Samuel Room last week. The venue was beautiful, the food was gorgeous and the staff that were running our room on the evening, were very polite & efficient.

I will definitely be booking more events with Chiswell Street Dining Rooms!

Highly recommend Chiswell Street Dining Rooms!  We held our company Christmas Party in The Snug room last week.  The Snug was perfect - nice and cosy and a great private area off the main restaurant.  We were well looked after on the night by the staff.  The food was exceptionally delicious and the restaurant made sure we didn't miss out on the equally good wine too - they ensured we had enough bottles on the night!  Everyone who attended commented very highly on the setting, the food, the wine, the service, and the overall atmosphere!  Thank you CSDR for making our party such a huge success.  We will be back for sure!

We used the Grubb Street private dining room at CSDR's last week and the evening was a great success. We were well looked after by the staff and the food was absolutely top quality. All in all the evening was a great success. We will be coming back again for sure!

We had a dinner in a private dining room last week, the food was good, service unobtrusive, and the wine suggestions excellent. Prior to the dinner the event staff were prompt in response, and extremely helpful. I would thoroughly recommend the Chiswell Dining Rooms, not the first time we have been there, and it won't be the last.

I had to book a private dining room at short notice for a lunch - we were made to feel very welcome and not rushed at all (having spent a few weeks eating at our desks).  Would be more than happy to have another relaxing lunch there!

Cozy and friendly feel in a modern pub environment. Very attentive staff; from event managers to waiters. With nice and affordable group menu options to choose from, this restaurant is an easy choice for a business meeting or gathering with friends. Walking distance from Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations makes it easy for commuters. Am sure to suggest them to a friend and to repeat my experience there!

We used one of the private rooms for a working dinner for seven people. The space was well arranged for us to eat and talk: there was plenty of room, with no intrusive noise from the main restaurant. 

The food - from the main menu - was excellent; the service was efficient and discreet.  Highly recommended.

Chiswell Dinning Rooms is one of the best locations you can ever have the best of the best events. The staff and the Event team worked so well with us for our School Reunion Event on 23rd August 2014 and we really had a wonderful time. 

They made us feel so welcomed and we were all treated so well- Very impressive and we would be back @ the venue again very shortly 

Thanks to Nicole - The Senior Event Manager and all the wonderful staff who helped us to achieve an excellent goal on the day!

Thank you so much!

Very professional service and outstanding range on the menu. Our waiter was able to recommend the perfect wine for our meal, and answered any questions we had. Well worth the city level prices and I will be coming back with clients and family in the future.

Very average. Went for £20.12 deal and food was fine, but nothing special. Starter of fois gras was very nice, flavourful with brioche toast. Main of smoked haddock risotto was pretty poor. Tasted like rice had been cooked separately, no real depth of flavour. Ice-cream served for desert was a watery and had limited flavours (vanilla, choc, coffee). Dining companions had similarly so-so meals (tasteless cesar salads, dry steaks, slightly boring crumble). Wasn't anything on menu I couldn't have cooked better at home. Very glad we didn't pay full price.

I usually trust timeout for its restaurant reviews, but on this occasion I feel they have got it horribly wrong -- there is no way this place deserves a 4* review. We ate there on a Saturday night, and along with about 5 other groups of people were inexplicably made to wait 45 minutes for a table, despite the restaurant being almost entirely empty. Once seated, the service was sporadic, and the food below mediocre. If you're charging £10 for a starter and £20 for a main you better have the goods to match, and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms most certainly does not. If you are eating at this price point, then make sure you do it somewhere else.

Had dinner last weekend. Pigs head, ham hock terraine and smoked eel did not sound great but was absolutely delicious! Lobster rissotto also beautifully cooked! Very buzzy vibe and comfortable dining room. Would definately go again but would prefer not to be seated next to the till!