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Hubbard & Bell

Restaurants, Cafés Holborn
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Hubbard & Bell

Time Out says

This Soho House restaurant is the ground-floor grill, cafeé and bar of the Hoxton Holborn Hotel, on High Holborn. There's a New York feel to the place (think Brooklyn warehouse and you won't go far wrong) and the menu follows suit.

Dishes on the all-day menu include arancini with broccoli and scamorza, pork and veal meatballs with tomato and basil, crab cakes with yuzu mayo, an avocado salad with pecan, apple and a dill yoghurt dressing and a buttermilk chicken burger with sriracha mayo and baby gem lettuce. 

A selection of coctkails is on offer too, as well as a wine list that plucks from worlds old and new. Draught beer include Amstel, Heineken, Brewdog Punk IPA and Camden Pale Ale.

 

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Address: 199-206 High Holborn
London
WC1V 7BD
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Tastemaker

I've walked past this place plenty of times and the vibe has always looked chilled and cool so one Friday we booked a table for 8 after work. The service was quite good seeing as there was so many of us and we were supplied with water through the whole evening and brought bread and butter which we weren't charged for. Drinks were the standard price but nothing extravagant. Food came in a good amount of time however the mains were all just okkkkk; octopus was too small, chicken burger was dry and bland and the ribs came with no real side. The salted caramel pretzel cheesecake was yum and would recommend if you go but as a whole experience I wouldn't go back. 

Tastemaker

Simple, stylish and well located, Hubbard & Bell is well placed for coffee, an after work drink, nightcap, date etc. It has an airy industrial chic feel and open kitchen, mirroring its sister in Shoreditch. I can't comment on the food, but the drinks are delicious, with a range of cocktails that are off-piste from the standard offering with a good selection of spirits to boot.

tastemaker

The venue is definitely trying too hard to be like its sister hotel in Hoxton but the lobby is really nice and light – expect groups of laptopers. Follow the smell of coffee around to the right and you get to the Hubbard & Bell. I came for a breakfast meeting and was a little disappointed to be honest. The place was busy but the service time was just too long. The food was alright, I opted for the avocado and eggs on sourdough and they were very generous with my portion size – I must have had a whole avocado – but the bread was very too thick. It was burnt on the outside and was just avocado covered dough in the middle; my eggs were also small and disappointing. In hindsight I should have ordered the coconut yogurt, that looked delicious. On a plus note I had a filter coffee that was delicious – they serve Origin Coffee and I’m a fan.


If I was in the area again I’d give the lunch menu and go but am in no rush to go back. 


Knowing the newly appointed Head Chef, I was keen to see what the Hubbard and Bell was like, both as a venue and the menu.

Both aspects delivered above expectations. The food was delicious, it being a special occasion, the Head Chef went out of his way to make sure everything was just right and more. Explaining the variation and new exciting ingredients he has used and sourced. He made our meal and time there very special.

The atmosphere and ambience of the venue was relaxed and calm with a good vibe.

We returned later in the evening were the music was on point and the overall feel of the place was unpretentious and welcoming.

Highly recommend!

Tastemaker

The set up at Hubbard & Bell seems really informal, with most seating being at long communal tables or at the bar. The restaurant is open to the rest of the Hoxton Hotel, with no real distinction between the two.  Service was really aloof and inattentive - our water glasses weren't filled up without asking each time and nobody ever came over to check if our meals were okay. 

The food is quite pricy - for a beer and cocktail, two starters and two mains we paid £65. The cocktails start at £10 and a side of chips would cost £7. The Hoxton Hotel, in which Hubbard & Bell is located feels like the epitome of a hipster hangout. I live in Hackney and still thought the feel was too hipster. Patrons to the hotel and restaurant seem to have a fixation with using their MacBooks everywhere. There was even a couple next to us at dinner, both on their own MacBooks. 

Saying this, the food was quite good and there were a number of vegetarian options to choose from. I had the squash and goats curd starter which was a good portion. Then I had the large beetroot, avocado and seeds salad as my main. It was nice and light, but with no dressing at all, it was lacking flavour. My meal tasted fresh and healthy but both the starter and main felt like they needed something more to complete them.

Tastemaker

There are brunches, and there are brunches that make other places look like you've only had a snack. This place is incredible. Set in the ground floor of the hotel the brunch menu (very good value at £25 for all you can eat) includes everything you could possibly want. From lobster to waffles, lamb and roast potatoes to pancakes, figs & ricotta to profiteroles, this place has it all. I unashamedly ate four courses with a smoothie and left groaning but very happy. A fantastic place for an absolute feast!

Tastemaker

Good brunch option, especially if combining with a pampering nails treatment in the hotel's Cheeky Parlour.  Pistachios are an interesting but texturally delightful addition to the avocado toast but beware that the poached eggs are served cold; the dish was tasty but the temperature was off-putting.  The hash browns are more like potato rosti but are crunch and more-ish whereas the coffee - guest coffees change regularly - is top-notch.  


I came across this place by sheer luck, decided to give it a go and now it has officially become one of my favourite places in London to go to whenever I need to work on my laptop and get stuff done. With lots of tables, comfy chairs (sometimes even too comfy), fast free WI-FI and plugs everywhere, I find this place ideal to sit down, plug yourself and type away, and other people seem to do it too as there are laptops everywhere! 

Coffee is strong and well made as well as the hot chocolate. I have never tried their food, other than the "Eggs Bennie" which were well made and flavoursome and some of their cakes which are so-so, but as a coffee/drink chill out place it is top class. 

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