In the giant crypt beneath St Paul’s, not far from the self-service café, souvenir shop and monuments to Nelsonian sea captains, an area has been imaginatively set aside to form the Restaurant. Windows let in natural light (unlike in the main crypt), and plain and mellow-green woodwork, white walls and a teapot-lined dresser create a charming, airy, slightly rustic look. Any restaurant in a tourist attraction might be expected to be routine, but the kitchen here is admirably enterprising.
Monthly changing lunch menus highlight fine-quality seasonal British produce. On our visit, carrot and spring onion terrine made a lovely refreshing starter, served with a delicate curry mayonnaise. To follow, crispy duck leg was cooked just right, and served with rich, satisfying black pudding. Now that blood sausage is fashionable, much of it is of variable quality, but this was first-rate. Service was bright and helpful, and there’s a short but well-priced wine list. Overall, the ‘City Lunch’ is a classy bargain for the Square Mile. A larger roast menu is provided on Sundays, and after lunch (except on Sundays) very proper afternoon tea is served, with flowery plates, scones, jam and three-decker cake stands – as the Almighty ordained.
|Venue name:||Restaurant at St Paul's||Contact:|
St Paul's Cathedral
|Cross street:||St Paul's Churchyard|
|Opening hours:||Café Open/meals served 9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 10am-4pm Sun.Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm, tea served 2.30-4.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: St Paul's|
|Price:||Set lunch £21.50 2 courses, £25.95 3 courses. Set tea £15.95-£21.25|
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Went there for a special occasion and was extremely disappointed. Sunday roast was comparable to a low end pub. Dinner was cold, potatoes rock hard .. I think they had been cooked the day prior and reheated or were from frozen..carrots and curly kale was over-salted and cold, Yorkshire puddings were rock hard and probably from Adsa or Morrison frozen food section. Gravy was the only thing that was warm. No drinks were consumed and this was a total bill of £50.00 for two. Stick to spending your money on a tour, as the dining experience was just NOT worth it, sadly.
Some of the food was great and the location is lovely. However... we were told potatoes were included in our main course and they didn't arrive. When chased, they eventually appeared after we had finished our main courses and were hard and inedible. Apparently they were not meant to be included in the main, hence the confusion. When it came to paying the bill, they told us that we had not been charged for the potatoes .... not a great compensation for something that we had been told was included, came late and was inedible. We did get free coffee. Has got potential but doesn't seem to quite deliver. This is the second time we have had a similar experience.
Just went for Mothers day; it was great, the restaurant is a lovely calming environment. Bellinis and appetisers were on the table as soon as we sat down. The food was interesting, plentiful and tasty. Service was good but unobtrusive. Highly recommended.
My family and I went on Sunday and it was one of the best lunchs I have ever had. The staff were wonderful, the food was delicious and the Crypts provided a beautiful setting. I would definitely go back again.