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Muriel's Kitchen

Restaurants, British Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)
Sam Peach
Sam Peach

Time Out says

One of three Muriel's Kitchens in London - the others are in South Kensington and Leicester Square - this Soho branch brings the same emphasis on monthly-changing menus featuring locally sourced British ingredients. The bucolic interior features herb planters, flora, arbor seating and hanging potted plants.

It's open from breakfast, with early meals including blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, sausage sandwiches, eggs Florentine and a variety of other cooked breakfasts. Bloody marys and smoothies of an energising bent are served up too. Daytime and evening mains range from Clarence Court Scotch eggs and sharing platters to smoky fish pies, char-grilled salmon steaks and lasagne. Desserts include cakes, cupcakes, traditional puddings and gluten-free options.

Each of the wines from a list taking in Italy, Chile, Spain and France is available by the glass. Three sparkling wines and a couple of cocktails are available alongside bottles of ales and lager from St. Peter's Brewery and Wyld Wood organic cider. Soft options include milkshakes, freshly squeezed fruit juices and fizzy drops from Fentimans. 

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Address: 36-38 Old Compton Street
Soho
London
W1D 4TT
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Opening hours: Open 8am-midnight Mon-Sat; 9am-11pm Sun
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Users say (23)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:17
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Very disappointed. Went there around 10am for a tea and a cake, with my 1 month old baby in a pushchair. I was hoping to feed my baby while having my tea.

I was refused a table and told I could only use a stool in a bar-like table which wouldn’t have allowed me to have my baby near me or feed her. Not very nice.

I left and went to a nearby place from a chain. Shame that independent places are not more concerned by service, there’d be less chains and more of them if they were...

tastemaker

if you are visiting a museum, this is a fabulous find for either a pre or post visit. I arrived at 9:30 in the morning to find it buzzing.The service was excellent - efficient, quick and cheery. The menu is full of varied temptations: healthy smoothies, homemade nut butter and banana loaf, sourdough toast with avocado drizzled with something honeyish. Eggs with the yellowest yolk I have ever seen. Proper loose leaf tea. i would certainly go again to try something else on the menu. 

And the womens' toilet is beautifully decorated. Also worth another visit!


I recently went for a lovely birthday afternoon tea to Muriel's. I used afternoontea.co.uk to look for the best value deals in London. Having recently tried Browns, I decided to set for the next cheapest option I find, which I was quite surprised to be Muriel's. 


Having been to the Richmond restaurant, I immediately found the Soho branch a lot nosier and busier. I was pleased to be sat in the quieter lower ground floor surroundings, which felt more serene! The staff were very helpful and attentive, which was great. 


Afternoon tea comes with a variety of tea options, from English Breakfast, to Early Grey and Peppermint - there's a good amount of choice - tea can also be swapped for filter coffee. The afternoon tea itself was wonderfully unusual. The sandwiches, cakes and scones arrived together on a quaint miniature picnic table. Sandwiches included Chicken and Avocado, Smoked Salmon, Cucmber and Egg mayo - they were simple and fine, I though the bread could have been a little fresher, but I liked them displayed on skewers. The mini scones were delightful and the mini cake selection was varied - from small fruit tarts to brownies and carrot cake, there was something for everyone.


At 16.75pp I would thoroughly recommend Muriel's for afternoon tea - very good value for central London. 


This restaurant has a great menu. There's so many things I want to try, I'll definitely be going back. It is a great place to catch up with friends at the weekend. A bottle of prosecco for under £30 - can't go wrong! Will definitely be returning soon.


I absolutely love Muriel's Kitchen! My friends and I went there for a pré shopping late breakfast on a Saturday. As we came in, we were stunned by the interior. It is really cosy and the perfect place for a breakfast/brunch or to hang out in the weekend. As you enter, on the left hand side there is a table where people sit on swings, very cool. We had booked a table so we were brought to the back of the restaurant which has a cozy cottage feeling: wooden features, lots of space and comfy seats. We ordered blueberry pancakes with greek yoghurt, a bowl of delicious muesli and sourdough toast with avocado, eggs and extra salmon. An absolute plus was that we didn't have to wait long for our food and it was absolutely delicious! A small minus was our waitress who could have been a bit more friendly, but oh well, everyone can have a rough morning sometimes, right? Overall, I would definitely recommend this place! 


Tip: make a reservation in advance to have the most comfortable seats and lots of space for you and your guests! 

tastemaker

I love Muriel's Kitchen! It is so cozy and pretty! It's the perfect place for a Sunday brunch - or any other day for that matter. 


I love pancakes, so I usually go for their pancakes when I am there. They don't disappoint. The texture of the pancakes themselves is a bit heavy, but my do they taste great with fresh berries and Greek yoghurt! The food never lets us down, no matter what we have tasted. The Champion's Breakfast is an excellent choice too, the crushed avocado on sourdough bread with honey and chili dressing and eggs are simply delicious! 


The only reason I am giving 4 stars and not 5 is the service. Everyone is usually really nice and smiley, but unfortunately we have felt that they wanted us to be done and get out of there as soon as possible one too many times. That is not very pleasant, especially when you barely put down your fork before you are asked if you are done and your plate can be taken. I will go back as I love the place, but I really hope this can be worked on! 


I ate at Muriel's last weekend having already walked round the area for 20 minutes searching for a restaurant to seat 6 of us for brunch. The wait time was only 20 minutes (compared to more than an hour at most nearby restaurants) so that was a plus! The interiors are homely but spacious. The cabinet had some beautiful freshly made sandwiches, croissants, cakes and pastries that would be handy for a quick bite. The menu was extensive and it was convenient that they serve breakfast until 3pm. The food was delicious, and my poached eggs were cooked perfectly. My only negative would be that the orange juice tasted watered down. Reasonably priced and attentive staff. I would go back again.


You can't really go wrong with Muriel's... Especially at this time of year. It's so cute and cosy inside! If you're looking for some honest comfort food to warm up these dark and dreary evenings than look no further than Muriel's. The menu boasts home-cooked, heart-warming dishes - their creamy fish pie and minted peas is a winner! One thing I will say, it's so warm in there that i actually left feeling in need of a nap... turn that heating down a tad!

tastemaker

Muriel's kitchen

Delicious food at a very reasonable price in an adorable little venue! We went here with a friend of mine the other week for a girly date, and were seated immediately (although if you're in a rush they also do their ENTIRE menu to take away which is pretty rare!) and from the off, service was very friendly and not over the top in terms of attention which is a pet peeve of mine.

The food is wholesome and friendly, with an extensive vegetarian menu (they are a little Short on vegan but they do do it!) and by the end of desert you are completely satisfied!

It would be nice if they had more than one loo and it wasn't as close to one of the poor tables as this one, but the doors are thick so no awkwardness there!

I particularly like their cocktails also- a great vodka martini is to be found!

Tastemaker

Came to Muriel's Kitchen for the first time last weekend. They have a good selection of breakfast, it's worth noting they serve breakfast and brunch until 3pm. The farm house kitchen style interiors of the restaurant looks great. When we visited, the restaurant was packed, which may explain why it took so long for us to get our drinks and food, I was underwhelmed with the food, but will be back to give Muriel's Kitchen second chance. Their pancakes looked amazing!


A selection of great comfort food and healthy looking options that I've never tried but sound very nice. It would get 5* if they had draft beer

tastemaker

If you are looking for the best carrot cake in town, head on over to Muriel's kitchen. A moist piece of heaven on a plate, large enough for two to share but after taking your first bite there shall be no sharing. Washed down with a latte, this is definitely my guilty pleasure The service here is always impeccable and the friendly team very accommodating. There is a scattering of art on the walls which are for sale and the also have a fairly decent food and drinks menus. Next time you find yourself craving carrot cake, pop in and try it out for yourself


I'd describe this place as the perfect spot for lunch or dinner with your mum or a gaggle of girlfriends. Actually feels like it's your mum/friend's kitchen - all rustic and cute, with homemade cakes and quiches, etc. They have a great wine menu as well, and the vibe in here is just relaxed and friendly. They have sit down tables as well as more comfortable, larger soft-furnished chairs at the back if you just fancy a cup of tea. Lovely stuff!

Tastemaker

Oddly, I must have bypassed MK dozens of time as I’ve wondered up and down Old Compton Street. There doesn’t seem to be that external pull in a street full of overt camp with the occasional flash of neon. This time I was with a friend and they suggested we try it. We walked into what almost felt like a home, all wooden tables and plant pots with a lovely warm welcome as if you’d just arrived at a friend’s for lunch. I almost felt like I should have brought a bottle.


It’s a busy, popular place, but the layout affords space enough for private conversations where you don’t feel the need to keep your voice down lest the adjacent tables hear all your gossip (and it was GREAT gossip on that day). On the contrary, there is a healthy buzz of conversation that lends a certain tea party quality to the atmosphere.


The food was good, solid and filling. Not outstanding or particularly memorable but I did feel sated at the end. The girl on the table next to us ordered the carrot cake and it was literally the size of her face. Inevitably it beat her, and I was almost tempted to reach over and...no, no, that would have been far too un-British.


MK is a good place in a great location. I’d recommend it for a relaxed time with friends.


Tip: If you order the carrot cake, make sure you BOTH like it otherwise you’ll end up feel guilty about the starving children in Africa.


I met my Mum for a mid-week lunch at Muriel's kitchen and had a lovely meal. The staff were lovely and very attentive and when I explained that we were pushed for time they pushed our order forward. We both had the fillet steak and chips which arrived within 10 minutes and was very tasty (although quite a filling choice for lunch!) For £15 a head for a main and a drink I can't fault them and the Christmas music and cosy chalet-esque interior made for a good choice for a December meal too!

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I met friends at Muriel's kitchen last week. One of those places I walked passed and thought it looked ideal for a casual brunch. The decor is light and clean and there is a really natural feel to the establishment. I had avocado and salmon on toast which was lovely. Check out the swing seats at the front of the restaurant- we sat there, a fun novelty especially as we were with a 4 year old and he enjoyed it.

Tastemaker

Had a lovely time out for lunch last week at Muriel's. I've often walked past it and not gone in, I'm not sure why. It's a lovely little spot with nice decor (sort of light, airy and a little bit chiltern firehouse esque). You'll meet friendly staff and have very good food. I had the lasagne and it was outstanding - tasty, lots of tomato sauce and cheese. I think the menu is a little overpriced for what's on offer (you'll pay about a tenner for a lasagne, but also nearly a tenner for a soup and bread) but it's a nice spot and I would certainly return. 

Tastemaker

I've only been to the Leicester Square location but the food was absolutely incredible - I had duck and it was lovely. My friend had a vegetarian dish and she thought it was well-balanced with great flavour. The ingredients are fresh and the service is great, too, especially considering how busy it was. I highly recommend this chain.

Staff Writer

Love this place. Occasionally grab my work lunch from here. Fresh food and has a homemade feel. The salads are super yummy and healthy. The lasagna is INCREDIBLE. Well priced and friendly service.


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Carrot cake here!!  Pretty pricey pure slice but the slices are huge and you definitely know you're getting your full money's worth of delicious moist carrot cake!


Amazing. I recommend the soup, tortilla and burgers. Nice place, lovely decorated.


A place with every kind of food you might fancy, (pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, cake, coffee, salads, antipasti etc.) all made to a decent standard. Reasonably priced, nicely furnished, nice staff and nice food. It isn't an amazing restaurant, but it satisfies all your basic needs to a great level when you just want something nice to eat. Would definitely recommend.

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