Paternoster Chop House

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A no-nonsense name for this D&D restaurant just across Paternoster Square from the London Stock Exchange. Traders pack in at lunchtime or after close-of-markets for steaks, chops, mixed grills and other manly main courses – although the atmosphere is casual. You don’t have to work in the Square Mile to feel welcome, and plenty of families of tourists stop in post-St Paul’s sightseeing. It’s a modern, open and clean-lined space, with big windows looking on to the cathedral.

Meat is butchered on site and is top quality; a ‘Beast of the Day’ comes with a biography, and fish makes much of its sustainable sourcing. To keep prices down, go for the ‘Best of British’ menu. At £19.50 for two courses, it’s not bad value, though its options don’t number the more expensive cuts of meat. Instead, you’ll find solid renditions of fish and chips, kipper pâté or cottage pie – rich and full-flavoured, with Longhorn beef mince. Puddings are of the sweet and filling sort (apple and blackberry bakewell tart, lemon curd sponge) and there are Neal’s Yard cheeses. The typically D&D polished and warm service operates throughout.



Venue name: Paternoster Chop House
Address: Warwick Court
Paternoster Square
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: St Paul's
Price: Main courses £15-£25. Set meal (Mon-Fri, Sun) £19.50 2 courses, £23 3 courses.
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Given the proximity of this establishment to a lot of businesses, it’s no wonder that this place was filled with people having after work drinks and catching up friends over a meal deal. We were here to try out their set menu of two or three courses and I have to say it’s fairly standard and nothing to write home about. The salmon was a little overdone for my liking; however I know that there are plenty people who prefer their fish well cooked through. My confit pork belly was tender and presented nicely; however I found the white beans very salty. The dark chocolate pecan brownie met expectations - came out warm and was fairly moist. The interior is comfortable and approachable and the service attentive and friendly; thus this establishment is adequately inoffensive for business meals given the setting (which also explains why it was the location of choice for the 'First Dates' programme from Channel 4); but I can’t honestly say that the food was memorable. 

Tip: come here for drinks at the bar and move on to somewhere a little more exciting for your dinner.

Good For: business lunch/ dinner/ drinks, large groups.


As many reviews mention here, I was attracted to this restaurant as it is the place where the popular First Dates is filmed. However, it also turns out they did a delicious sounding Sunday roast menu. 

It was in a lovely surrounding right by St. Pauls, and the restaurant itself was very modern- and for fans of the show, a great treat as it looked very similar as it does on the show, with a great photo op by the bar.

The service was great, and the food was even better! I went for the pate to start- which for £7.50 I had a huge portion! Well worth the money and delicious. 

Next I went for the lamb and was very impressed they asked me how I would like it cooked- pink, and it was the most tender roast lamb I believe I have ever eaten. 

it was served with crispy, fluffy roast potatoes, a huge Yorkshire pudding and fresh carrots and greens and an added bonus of bottomless gravy. 

My only fault would be there could have been more vegetables, and maybe some cauliflower cheese. This was included on the sharing roasts which looked amazing but sadly I did not have the required 4 people to qualify for this. 

i'm hoping to return soon with a team of four to tackle the sharing roast and the option of bottomless red wine. 


I booked a table here after seeing the evening standard menus pop up again this summer. £20 per person for two courses and a glass of wine is an absolute bargain and we were impressed! All three of us had the sea bream and all loved it. The fish was flakey and the skin über crispy (just how I like it!) The Eton mess was nice for desert, but there was hardly any meringue and the strawberry compote at the bottom was way too tarte.

Other thing was that they had run out of bread- very sad!

Overall, it's a really pretty, central venue with great food and a great vibe.

I must say, it's a lot smaller than it looks on tv though!


As the venue for the popular First Dates show, you can always find couples snapping a photo outside. The outside area is a great place to have a drink, if the standing bar gets too crowded and noisy. The list of drinks is better than the standard bar, but be prepared to pay a slight premium for them. Food-wise, you aren't going to be blown away. Service is commendable and definitely a nice place to bring a date for conversation. The central location makes it excellent, and a nice walk past St Pauls Cathedral and down south bank means this is definitely one place that I will be returning to.


My boyfriend and I took his daughter to Paternoster Chop House for dinner last night to celebrate her birthday. Set in an idilic plaza with St Paul's cathedral in the backdrop made it really appear really impressive as we arrived. The staff were instantly welcoming and super efficient, and very thoughtfully gave the birthday girl a free cocktail when the bar had messed up someone's order (which clearly made her night!) The food was faultless and had a stunning bottle of sav blanc which was not insanely priced for a London restaurant. And of course the birthday message in chocolate on the dessert plate went down a treat too... Highly recommend for a special night or even first date (location obviously from the "First Dates" show!) Thumbs up x