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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.
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.