Le Restaurant de Paul Covent Garden

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Le Restaurant de Paul Covent Garden
Venue says Enjoy a pre-theatre menu from 5.30-8pm. £15 for two courses between starter, main or dessert, and £18 for three courses.
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This Bedford Street restaurant, right in the heart of Covent Garden, is the flagship venue from Paul - the chain of popular cafés-cum-bakeries-cum-patisserie. It still sells pretty cakes and baked bits and bobs to passersby, but there's a full menu on offer too - as well as booze.

As you might expect, there's a firm French slant to the food and drink on offer. Dishes range from charcuterie platters and oven baked Camembert to salad Niçoise, omelettes and pâté de campagne with bread, cornichons and pickled baby onions. Expect tartes aux fruits, millefeuille and macarons for dessert. 

The wine selection is focused solely on France, with a section dedicated to bottles from artisan winemakers located in well-known regions - a Loire Valley sauvignon blanc from La Chardoisie, in Touraine, for example. 

Keep an eye out for pre-theatre menus, too.

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Le Restaurant de Paul Covent Garden says
Our bakery, café and restaurant was the first branch of Paul in the UK and is just behind the beautiful St. Paul’s Church. You will find Paul on the corner of King Street in the heart of Covent Garden, a few minutes’ walk from the Piazza with its busy markets and eclectic boutiques, making us the perfect destination for visitors, opera buffs, balletomanes and theatre-goers alike. Tucked away behind our bustling bakery with a fabulous selection of bread baked daily on site, you will find one of the two London branches of Le Restaurant de Paul, offering all-day French brasserie-style dining. Our French restaurant has an unmistakably Parisian look that combines the contemporary with the classic. Three large nineteenth-century murals are complemented by soft, grey banquettes and plush teal seating. Industrial style ceiling lamps and stone floor tiles to the rear of the restaurant complete an intimate and stylish dining environment. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, a splendid afternoon tea and dinner, or just for coffee or tea and a delicious croissant, cake, éclair or slice of fruit tart, we also have a pre-theatre supper set menu served from 5.30pm so you won’t miss the show. Closest stations are Leicester Square (Piccadilly Line, Northern Line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) Embankment (Northern, Circle, District and Bakerloo Lines) and Charing Cross (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line and national rail services). 64 seats are available. Disabled access available. Free wi-fi.
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Venue name: Le Restaurant de Paul Covent Garden
Address: 29 Bedford Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £6-£18
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Paul's is one of those places for which you have high expectations. You won't be disappointed. It all looks good and what you get tastes great. Whether savoury or sweet, it's going to be a treat.


What a delightful way to start my day! I came here for brunch with my friend this week and was pleasantly surprised with the food and service. Our waitress was extremely friendly and patient with us. It took us a while to decide on what to order because my friend and I went straight into catching up after the long weekend and because everything on the menu looked enticing. 

In the end, I ordered the Oeufs Pochés for my savoury course. This consisted of 2 poached eggs served on a slice of toast with 2 roasted tomatoes on the side. The portion was just nice to meet my savoury cravings while leaving me with enough space for some baked goods after. The poached eggs were done perfectly and both had a lovely runny yolk when broken open. I liked that the salt grinder on the table was the large grain kind - I find this goes well with eggs because you can really taste the salt particles. 

For our sweet course, we decided to share a Corbeille Pâtissier. This bread and viennoiseries basket comes with 1 Croissant, 1 Pain au Chocolat, 1 Pain aux Raisins, and half a Baguette. It also comes with a side of butter, their homemade strawberry jam, and homemade apricot jam. I enjoyed this mix because it included a little bit of everything, which is perfect because we wanted variety. It was also easy to split, as the baguette was already nicely cut into 4 pieces. The patisseries were served whole but easy enough to divide among the two of us. 

Even though I visit Paul quite often, I actually haven't tried any of their patisseries before so this was a first! I thought their Croissant was pretty authentic. It had a good, flaky exterior and a fluffy pastry on the inside. It also smelled really fresh and nice when it arrived in the basket, so good it was best enjoyed on its own without any spreads! The Pain au Chocolat was pretty authentic in look and taste too. As for the Pain Aux Raisins, I thought it would be overly sweet at first because of the sugar glaze on top but it was actually pretty decent. There was a good amount of raisins within each swirl and the pastry was flaky on the outside while remaining doughy on the inside. However, it was missing its characteristic custard on the inside, as they are made in France. 

The homemade jams were lovely as well. I was surprised by how natural they tasted and they actually weren't overly sweet either. Of the two, I preferred the apricot because it's not a common flavour for jam and the slight tartness was a good contrast to all the other baked goods we had in the basket. The Baguette tasted amazing on its own, as it always does, but with a little smear of jam, it was heavenly! 

Truly a great place to come for breakfast or brunch! I liked that it wasn't very crowded either, since we came on a weekday morning. But it was still nice to see a few businessmen with their laptops out and working. I imagine it gets more crowded at lunch time, given it's prime location in Covent Garden, and more so on the weekends! 

It is definitely the best french restaurant in the city, located in pretty Covent garden, romantic, the food are amazing done by one of the best professional chef, and have the best hot chocolate in London as well nowhere can beat that, if you haven't had it, try it now.
Vicky Pham

Love this place. First went there a few years ago and really enjoyed the tasty food. Have visited other venues but always come back to this and were there shortly after the refurbishment in February - how gorgeous it is. We came with our grandson and it felt so plush and grand - the food was just the same - fabulous. Can't wait to visit again early next year. We are from Reading so can't come regularly!

Great cosy atmosphere. Freshly baked goods and prepared meals throughout the day. Divine wines and lovely authentic Parisienne experience.

Very welcoming place, with traditional and simple French dishes (try the duck "confit"), and fine desserts. Choose back room, with view on the kitchen, it is quiter than the front one. Very cosy on evening, with candle like lights.

Little Gem in the heart of Covent Garden. Simple tasty French classic dishes with great wine selection. Good value for money.
a Parisian hang out this side of the channel

PAUL - particularly the Covent Garden cafe - has beautiful, hand made food. The macarons and pastries are especially amazing. Make sure you try the Croque Forristier and their famous hot chocolate. Favourite eatery in London

Real French food in a friendly and professional environment. Very good value for money!


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The Italian waiter who served me just said that I have a strong accent and I didn't like it, then the sort of French toast with ham and cheese I had tasted very horrible, I chucked away. I will never go back.