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Famously the first restaurant in London to serve snails (the original owner used to farm them in the basement of this magnificent Georgian townhouse), L’Escargot has been a fixture of old Soho since 1927. A favourite of celebs from Coco Chanel and Princess Diana to Mick Jagger and Judy Dench, it serves up provincial French cuisine of the old school – not just the titular escargots, but also a host of time-honoured bourgeois specialities. Lobster bisque and foie gras terrine with Sauternes jelly might give way to beef bourguignon, confit duck with savoy cabbage or roast cod with Puy lentils, while desserts are classics such as crème brûlée and tarte au citron. The wine list is stuffed with vintage tipples from France’s regional vineyards, and the restaurant’s special theatre deals are worth knowing about.
Famous for its bourgeois French cooking, snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin.
There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles. L’Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years.
Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Princess Diana.
Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.