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The look of this family-run restaurant and bar in Queen's Park is certainly part of its appeal - think reclaimed sanded floorboards from a school in Norfolk, old church pews and a bar made from an oak tree felled in the storm of '87. Al fresco tables and chairs spill out onto the cobbled mews come summertime, too.

Hugo's was once known as The Organic Café, and the organic ethos continues today on a menu taking inspiration from cuisines across the globe. Dishes range from pasta, burgers, fish stews and all day brunches to whole tiger prawns seared with olive oil, garlic and peppers, stuffed butternut squash with garlic, leeks, mushrooms and goat's cheese, beef and ale pies and lamb shanks served with rosemary mash, cabbage and a red wine jus. Keep an eye out for daily specials, too.

A short, global wine list features alongside Suffolk ciders, wheat beer from Germany, real ales from Wales and organic juices sourced from an organic farm in Norfolk. 


Venue name: Hugo's
Address: 21-25 Lonsdale Road
Opening hours: Meals served 9.30am-5.30pm Mon; 9.30am-11pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Queen's Park tube/rail
Price: Main courses £7.50-£15.80
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Remember those menus that get distributed so avidly to all the passers-by at the cheaper of the summer seaside resort restaurants? You know the type: burgundy faux leather covers, 'MENU" letterpressed on the cover in gold, printed out pages encased in A4 plastic files? That's exactly how the menus look at Hugo's. And yet be not afraid. Hidden in Lonsdale Road in the little conclave of yummy mothers that Queen's Park has become over the past years, Hugo's is a very decent place to eat, especially if you are a crowd (like 8 of us were) and want to sit outside on a balmy summer eve. It so happened that I went to Hugo's twice over the past couple of weeks even though I'm not local to Queen's Park, hence the review. A few things Hugo's has going for it, cheeky menus aside: huge portions (the antipasti platter for two fed the eight of us as a starter!), friendly staff and very decent specials (all priced at around £16). My friend, who is a local, keeps ordering their lamb shanks. I take it, they really are special. She has been known to be pretty fussy about her food. And my tuna niçoise salad (special of the day) came with a very decently sized steak of tuna, cooked perfectly charred on the outside, pink on the inside. As I said: be not afraid and go.

Came here a few weeks ago for sunday brunch. Decor is nice and different from the usual, staff were nice and friendly. My friend is vegan and the waitress was patient and helpful with her order. I had the eggs florentine which was delicious. Food did take a while to arrive but it was very busy at the time. Would recommend this place.

Food is not the most amazing but the ambience is lovely - very romantic- and the staff are extremely nice. Jazz and candles. We had a delicious salad and OK burgers. The red wine was high standard. Would definitely go again

Horribly over-priced. Burger was ok but so over-priced for what it was. Service was terrible. We had to ask for things three times before they arrived. A friend of mine was charge £7 for two fried eggs and ten chips. We ordered from their organic soft drinks and saw the barman pour our drinks from a Coco-Cola can. They still charged us £2 for each of them.

We had our wedding reception at Hugo's and had the best day of our lives. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food was delicious (particularly the risotto). We've been for breakfast/lunch and dinner before and since and we've always been impressed and felt relaxed and looked after. The sun was out and they opened the windows at the front, we had live music and a disco. It was child-friendly and also catered brilliantly for elderly relatives. Highly recommended.

Great resturant, friendly staff, yummy fish stew, even yummier chocolate brownie The food is just delicious and seems to be freshly cooked. I would definately recommend this place. Its nice inside as well, romantic but also a lively atmosphere if you go in a group

After a rather late night last Saturday, myself and a couple of old ravers headed to Hugo's in search of comfort food - huge full english washed down with recommended bloody mary, did the job. We spent the best part of the afternoon at the restaurant and ended up returning that evening for the Jazz -perfect Sunday!

We've been eating at Hugo's for ten years, and the standard has always been pretty good. Tonight though was a quantum leap up, with Michelin star quality food, delightful sauces and flavours. When I asked the Maitre D he told me they had brought in new chefs 4 months ago, just after our last visit. Prices are unchanged for the past 3 years so this is great value for money. Strongly recommend you to get down to Hugos asap, with new decor, and a revised jazz programme on Sunday nights, overseen by musician Brett Kean. Penks will have to up their game to compete.

Good food and atmosphere but very pricy and be beware of the 'Optional service charge' which they add even to take away food. Love the buffet lunch, varies from outstanding to average on some days