Little Bay

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Little Bay

Please note, Little Bay is now closed. Time Out Food editors, 2017

Little Bay doesn’t have an official mantra, but ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ might suit. This year, as every year, the gaudy, vaguely opera-themed decor remains the same. Faded gold and burgundy paint, fake rock-work and orgiastic frescoes continue to pepper an interior overlooked by a giant gold mask.

The menu is unchanged too, with the line-up of Mediterranean-inspired meals continuing to incorporate old faves like a faux choux bun topped with balsamic glaze and hollandaise and filled with a mulligatawny-flavoured crab paste. A starter of baked field mushrooms arrived atop a dab of punchy red pepper sauce, and the roast pork lunch’s tender cuts of meat were drizzled in a lovely rich gravy. Quality is reasonable, so, as most mains cost around £9 and starters are near the £4 mark, bargain-hunters flock here.

Don’t linger, though. Two different waitresses hovered to take our order, food came out of the kitchen so fast we risked burning our mouths, and the whole experience took just over an hour for two courses.



Venue name: Little Bay
Address: 171 Farringdon Road
Opening hours: Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
Price: Main courses £7.25-£15.95
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4.2 / 5

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With a brilliant double-decked set up, this place is the posh chic option if you happen to be around Kilburn (the one we normally go to) or Farringdon. Best choice for sharing is the menu that includes starter and main or main and dessert and it's really cheap. To finish with style, get the cheese cake, just great. Cheap, cheerful and with quite an eclectic decoration which makes for a nice night out. 


Delicious food, ridiculously cheap, fast service, nice ambience. Really great!


Little Bay is one of my favourite restaurants in London for many scrumptious reasons. Firstly I love the exquisite Parisian-style red and gold furnishings that all of the branches are decked out in. However don’t let the lavish surrounds fool you, as the prices here a more than affordable. 

Diners can easily eat through a three course meal for less than £15 a head and all the dishes are even cheaper if ordered before 6pm. 

Despite the low prices the food served at Little Bay is exemplary. Each dish is has depth of flavour and is beautifully presented, as a result I am a regular at Little Bay.

For those looking for some cultured entertainment with their meal, Little Bay also has live opera on Thursdays and Saturdays!

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This place is amazing value for money, the portion sizes are very generious too. Delicious menu too.

This is my favourite restaurant in London and I have been here more than 15 times! Great food, great portions and the best factor is value for money! Every time I take someone new they become a convert to the Little Bay way of life. :) Keep it up Little Bay, other restaurants should take note.

Always good service, Always good food, Always excellent value and Always Always satisfied

Amazing value for delicious food, comfortable atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff.

rude staff. need more training on manners. worst downstair environment..

I love Little Bay! I come here quite often and I find it to be a really fun experience. The decor is really quirky and the food is far from bland. It's a really good place to go when you're out with friends and want to have a fun and tasteful night out.

Really enjoyed my visit to the Little Bay in Farringdon. The food and service were great and the Live Opera entertainment was really something special. I think the guy below must have got out on the wrong side of the bed.

We have been going to the Little Bay in Kilburn for many years. This time we decided to go to Farringdon because of its entertainment programme. We have not been disappointed. We regularly go to the Royal Opera House, and though we can't say that the Farringdon opera lady is as good as the Royal Opera singers, we can tell that she is really good. The atmosphere was lovely. Our French waiter was very friendly and the food was as good and reasonably priced as you would expect at the Little Bay.

Surprised at negative reviews here. This place is amazingly good value, lovely food and ambience. I prefer the Kilburn branch but think the Little Bay restaurants are absolute gems in a city where prices are usually so inflated. Paid £16 each for 2 courses, sides and a bottle of wine. Food delicious and way better than the likes of Le Mercury in Islington. Incredible! Will be back very soon!

The service was awful. The food is good for the price, while it is 50% off, but there are far better French restaurants locally once the prices go back to usual.

After having 2 waiters separately shout at us and our plates cleared away whilst we were still eating we decided not to leave a tip. Consequently our table then got a further telling off with the waiter screaming ‘I am not rude’… which if anything was just slightly ironic. The food was alright considering how cheap it was, but the staff really have to work on their people skills. In summary: shockingly bad service – will definitely not be returning!

They are doing a great job - good food, friendly service and unbelievable value (and they are HALF PRICE on all food until September - starters about £2, mains around £4!!). Just don't miss it... And no, I am not connected with them, I'm just an enthusiastic local!