Dean Street Townhouse

Restaurants, British Soho
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Dean Street Townhouse
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DST is buzzing from open until close across a series of Georgian-era rooms, and the menu cossets and comforts with well executed classic British dishes.

All things to all people at all hours – whatever the Soho occasion, chances are Dean Street Townhouse fits the bill. A leisurely breakfast, elevenses with the morning papers, a brisk business lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre quickie, romantic dinner for two… and if that dinner gets uncontrollably romantic, there are rooms upstairs. As a result of this catch-all appeal, DST is buzzing from open until close, and efficient but sometimes distant staff keep things moving along briskly.

The all-inclusiveness extends to the menu, which rarely startles, but cossets and comforts with classic British dishes (there’s a great fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as cauliflower and Keen’s cheddar soup, and liver with bacon and onions). Special note must be given to the other Scottish national dish perpetually on the carte: mince and tatties. Paw Broon might splutter into his tea cup at the £13.50 price tag, but it’s as good a version as anyone south of Gretna has ever made.

DST is spread across a series of Georgian-era rooms, which exude a sense of history while wearing lightly their classical upgrade: the only irritation being the too-low chairs in the side room, which force diners into sitting uncomfortably.

 

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Venue name: Dean Street Townhouse
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Address: 69-71 Dean Street
London
W1D 3SE
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7am-noon Mon-Fri; 8am-noon Sat, Sun. Brunch served noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 3-5pm daily. Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Main courses £13.50-£34. Set dinner (5-6.30pm, 10.15pm-midnight) £16.50 2 courses, £19.50 3 courses
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Bonnie W
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Tastemaker

Dean Street Townhouse is an elegant restaurant located in the heart of Soho. The menu is very much classic Britsh comfort food. Being vegetarian, it was great that they had a separate menu with about eight items to choose from. I went for the macaroni and cheese (a huge portion!) served in a nice copper pot with an avocado and butter lettuce salad in a delicious vinaigrette on the side. They have a large bar to sit as well as lots of tables - it's a very large restaurant by soho standards. The service was good up until the point when we finished our meal and as I find with so many restaurants, the server seemed to disappear after that. Overall though, it's a nice restaurant in a very central location and makes for a good pre or post theatre spot, when you're wanting to get a little more dressed up.

Ed S
tastemaker

I read a review a while back on TimeOut which said Dean Street Townhouse was "class and cocktails" I would agree with this! We sat at the bar and slowly worked our way through the cocktail menu. The barman, despite being young was very skilful and energetic. All our drinks were of excellent quality. I can thoroughly recommend their Soho Negroni - not too sweet and very well rounded. The Old Compton is a peculiar mix of burbon and scotch but works very well. We didn't eat a full meal, but the bar snacks (scotch egg & sausage roll) were excellent and ba decent portion too.

LeeLee
tastemaker

What a lovely mid-week treat having brunch at Dean Street Townhouse! Seeing as it was the holiday season, there was a lovely Christmas tree lit up at the entrance and the smell of mulled wine hits you instantly. At first I thought it was a special air mist or spray that they were using, so I asked the hostess but she informed me that they begin cooking their mulled wine in the morning so that it can be ready for the lunch and dinner crowds. A shame that I couldn’t replicate this smell if it were a spray/mist but it was a delicious smell to have throughout our meal.


The atmosphere and interior decor of this place was beautiful. They really went all out with their Christmas decorations – ornaments by the windows, couches that matched Christmas colours and the overall effect from low lighting and fairy lights. It made for a peaceful setting – great for a business lunch, a casual breakfast/brunch and even a romantic date.


I went for a classic brunch item: the Avocado toast with poached eggs. This is such a simple yet satisfying dish. The avocadoes were cut in cubes such that some where rather chunky while others were smashed onto the toast, which I liked – this added texture and height to the dish. The avocado was also seasoned very nicely – it had a good amount of spice. There was a wedge of lemon served alongside, which helped add some acidity and with an extra sprinkle of freshly ground salt and pepper, the dish was flawless. The poached eggs were cooked well but did not have as runny a yolk as I would have liked – they were a little bit overcooked for my liking.


After our savoury dishes, we both went for a sweet pastry to end off on an even better note. I hesitated between the Pain au Chocolat and the Pain aux Raisins but ended up going for the former because I haven’t been impressed with the Pain aux Raisins in London thus far. This Pain au Chocolat did not disappoint! It had a crisp and brown exterior (you could hear the crunch when I cut through it), a soft and fluffy interior with many layers, and two brilliant sticks of dark chocolate in the centre.


As this was a mid-week treat to celebrate the end of term, my friend and I both ordered glass of champagne each. This was surprisingly nice, given that our waitress told us it was a ‘Brut’ champagne. It still tasted pretty sweet and not too bitter, unlike other Brut champagnes I’ve had.


The service was very professional – from our hostess to the waitress who took our orders and served us to the manager who dealt with our bill. I’d definitely recommend a meal here, if you’re in the Soho area! They do pretty standard breakfast/brunch dishes and when we left around 1PM, they were obviously already serving lunch and the dishes and scents in the restaurant looked and smelled amazing!

GordyUK
tastemaker

I should start off by saying i can't review the food at DSTH as 10 minutes after we arrived, most of Soho was plunged into darkness due to that massive power outage. However it still deserves a review based on the drinks and the management and staff. We were sat outside under the patio heaters enjoying great cocktails and champagne. Even after the power cut, the restaurant kept serving despite having to point of sale machines or ability to charge cards. The management took our card details and email and very trustingly let us leave owing what turned out to be nearly £290 just of drinks - we settled the next day. Many business would have just closed and turfed everyone out. Kudos where its due :)

Jack T
tastemaker

Class and cocktails are what I love about the Dean Street Townhouse.  This is the perfect spot for a date night and after dinner or pre theatre drinks.  The cocktails are spot on and are made with some of the finest spirits around. There's always a great vibe too and definitely makes you feel special with the classy interior.  In the summer, it's small outside tables give a great view of Soho and are perfect for people watching over a cold drink.  Be prepared to spend a bit of cash when you go here, but it's worth it, so treat yourself!

Toni S
Tastemaker

Dean Street Townhouse is a classy place, great for a special occasion or a fancy night out. The food is great, with prices slightly above average. Generally great service and great atmosphere. Looking forward to visiting again.

Jonnyboy
tastemaker

Located in the very centre of Soho, Dean Street Townhouse is an elegant yet discreet hotel which offers a very upmarket service. For me, it was an absolute treat and somewhere I would willingly visit again. The staff are welcoming if perhaps not always there if and when you need them. The breakfast they offered was very well thought out and offered everything that you may like, including fruit bowls, fried breakfast cereals and a selection of juices, teas and coffees. It was my first time for trying Egg's Benedict and it really didn't disappoint, the eggs were perfect and the tea (made with tea leaves) was great. My only issue was the ceilings are very low, understandably as its an old Georgian building, so it did get very noisy, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on  how you look at it. 

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Quintessential British food if you can get over the pretentiousness and prices.

Sam B
tastemaker

Buzzy, hip and high quality. I have been for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner and I have never been disappointed. Brilliant breakfast menu (from the healthy to the decadent) and if you are eating off the main menu, treat yourself to the HUGE macaroni cheese. It's very very good and served is a cool copper pot, straight from the oven. 


Lovely service, great vibe, and good food. 

julio bruno
moderator

You can't go wrong with DST in Soho. The best power business breakfast in town. Eggs any style or salads, kippers or porridge, you choose, it's all good. Read the paper, browse the news and go about your business with gusto. Service will be efficient, pleasant and unobtrusive. Just perfect.

Dimi
moderator

Went here for a friends birthday dinner and I was not disappointed. Great service, even though we were quite a large table (full of picky people :) ). not cheap, but worth every penny! Posh without being snobby.


I will definitely have my birthday dinner there this year!

rachel h

I adore Dean Street townhouse. The afternoon tea here is incredibly good value at £19.50 per person and fantastic quality. The surroundings are relaxing yet quite lavish, but not at all pretentious. It's probably better for an Autumn or winter afternoon tea as there's a lot of velvet and snuggliness perfect for that time of year. I have been to a lot of afternoon teas in London and this is one of the best.

Beatrice A

Can't quite understand what we were doing wrong at our table at 5.30pm yesterday. We ordered drinks, we ordered some small plates of food but the waiters seemed to think we had caused us a heinous crime, so much so they spent the next hour trying to get rid of us.  Asking us if we wanted to order dinner - at 5.30pm? (thought this was Soho not Florida) Yet when we said we might order some more food, snatching back the menus.   The table was booked for 7pm and we said we would of course vacate by then.  At 6.25pm the bill was smacked down on the table and the waiters achieved their desired effect - we left as quickly as we could. 

Emma E

Some of the worst waiting staff in London, rude, pushy and verging on the offensive - never again!

Sarah R
tastemaker

I visited Dean Street Townhouse for afternoon tea with my girlfriends for joined birthdays and it was a lovely experience. The desserts and sandwiches you get are plentiful, the ambiance and waiters, make you feel like you are treating yourself to something quite nice and posh. I would gladly return for a dinner or repeat afternoon tea. Next time with prosecco!

Ros A
Tastemaker

Dean Street Townhouse is an OK 3 star place for me. I've only ever been for cocktails, which I found to be quite tasty and I like the decor - standard Shoreditch House, aka a mismatched-but-actually-perfectly-matched arrangement. I have found during both of my outings to DST that the host (who meets you at the door) is snooty and rude. A host should be accommodating and friendly, especially when you're paying a fair whack for dinner or drinks. 

Russ C

Excellent breakfast choices with fast and efficient service and a relaxed atmosphere to match. Sit casually next to media's power brokers, read the paper and get your day started the right way. Highly recommended.

nicknickn
Tastemaker

3 of us ate here before going to the theatre. 2 of us ate from the pre theatre menu and 1 went a la carte. The starter salads were both good sized and full of flavour. The fish and chips (haddock)was served on a bed of mushy peas and was tasty. The mince and potatoes was simple but done well. The cod and lentil dish was also good. We all had deserts which were also unfussy, comforting and good (rice pudding, ice cream and meringue). The wine list seemed comprehensive and the cocktails were not cheap but were good quality. The service was good and the atmosphere in the early evening was lively and buzzy.

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MIMIP
Tastemaker

Great place for meetings as it's still fairly quiet and low key compared to similar restaurants. The food is standard modern British fare so lots of choices to please and the service is excellent.

Samantha H
Tastemaker

Great for a group brunch, ask for a booth at the back.  Food isnt revolutionary but it is tasty and service is quick.  

ELI
Staff Writer

One of my favourite places for a post-work espresso martini. A spot at the bar can be difficult to score but it's always  great night if you do - the guys behind the bar are really friendly and will certainly look after you. The private room is also a great option for groups and special occasions.

Noel

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Staff Writer

Breakfast, lunch, dinner always a treat. Breakfasts are superb from the healthy options to the full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus are simple and classic. The staff are always exceptionally pleasant and welcoming. Try drinks at the bar if later in the evening and you can get a space.

BJ D

Stunning decor, attentive staff and espresso martini's to die for!

Stephen Mount

Great food, nice atmosphere/interior with pleasant & quiet outdoor front patio. Would go more often if they had an all day breakfast menu.

Guangpei Bo

We enjoyed our dinner at there. Sea trout was really great. I also want to recommend arctic roll with raspberries.

AJS

Lovely place-rubbish service. Placed my order for breakfast which the friendly waitress didn't write down. 30 minutes later I inquired where it was-they knew nothing about it. They were very apologetic but I got up and left and went to Nopi on Warwick St which was fantastic. I'll go back for another go as I liked the look of the place hopefully it was just a glitch.

Doochilou

Bar food was really quite tasty (look on the back of the main restaurant menu). One really rolly-eyed bar staff (Him). The other really friendly and helpful (Her).