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Villiers

Restaurants, British Charing Cross
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
Nicole S. Young
Nicole S. Young

Time Out says

There's plenty of pedigree behind this all-day dining room, coffee house and wine bar on Villiers Street - it's from the Gordon family of Gordon's Wine Bar fame, just a few doors down.

Don't expect the same subterranean darkness here, though. It's a bright and breezy affair, with its street-level room serving a food menu ranging from breads, pastries, fruits, grains and full Englishes at breakfast to slow-roast pork belly with fennel, roasted apples and caramelised shallots, and chicken wings with harissa yoghurt and charred corn from their all-day offer.

Hand-roasted coffee, tea from Teapigs and beers from Meantime are served alongside organic wines from independent producers and cocktails that use the venue's own ingredients - their Pimms & Gin, for example, is topped up with Villier's homemade lemonade. 

Keep an eye out for live jazz and other special events, too.

Villiers says
Tucked half way up Villiers Street, between Embankment and Charing Cross stations, Villiers is owned by the younger generation of the Gordon family who own the legendary Gordon's Wine Bar.

Villiers is compact, stylish, buzzing and informal with an eclectic mix of décor, food and drink.

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Address: 31a Villiers Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2N 6ND
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Opening hours: Mon 0700 – 2330 Tues 0700 – 2330 Wed 0700 – 2330 Thurs 0700 – 0100 Friday 0700 – 0100 Sat 0800 – 0100 Sunday 0800 – 2330
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Small restaurant in a charming side street. Good service. Fish and chips a bit on the soggy side but good flavour. Short menu with standard uncomplicated dishes. Decent wine selection and very attentive service. Affordable. Colourful and youngish crowd, both local and commuters. Easy choice.

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Tastemaker

Small but wonderful restaurant only a few doors up from the famous Gordon's wine bar, part of the Gordon's family this is definitely the second best option when you fail to find a seat in Gordon's. Excellent wait staff who will go above and beyond to accommodate you in their small space. The burgers are to die for, particularly the chorizo burger which is one of the best I have had and the calamari burger (unusual but works!) tasted pretty damn good too. Gorgeous accompanient of sweet potato fries and obviously the wine is delicious as most of it comes from, you guessed it, Gordon's wine bar!.


Also the dessert of warm chocolate brownie was divine, not too filling and definitely satisfied the sweet tooth after a fabulous meal!

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Tastemaker

Villiers All Day Dining Room really does cater to all day. From my morning coffee - hand roasted Welsh blend - to after work Prosecco to a bite to eat, Villiers does it all.  Where it really excels though is the homemade cakes, especially the blueberry and cream cheese or the Baileys with Guinness icing.  The sausage rolls are also great.  Service can sometimes be a bit hit and miss but for me it adds to the charm of the place.  I highly recommend a visit. 

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Tastemaker

I swing by Villiers when its time for proper homemade cake and I am never disappointed. My favourite is the blueberry cake with cream cheese icing, delicious. The homemade sausage roll is also worth a trip. I need to go back for breakfast and lunch as I have just checked out the menu and it looks very tasty indeed

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I went to Villiers last friday with 6 of my friends for birthday drinks! I loved this place. You will find good wines, good platters to share and the bar staff are always smilling and very friendly. Had a fantastic time. Highly recommended.

tastemaker

Tucked in between Charing Cross and Embankment (right by the Strand) is Villiers, an all day dining restaurant and wine bar. I visited on a Saturday evening and it was busy with people having wine by the bar and people watching on stools by the front window, and others having a bite to eat.


We started off with an Aperol Spritz, the new phase to hit London and one of my ‘go-to’ drinks now. The menu is predominately British influenced and includes a number of smaller dishes for sharing and larger main meals.

I had already spied the fish and chips (with homemade tartar sauce and lemon) on another table so just had to give that a go and it was delicious, with a really generous portion of chips. My friend made me feel bad choosing a much healthier option of flatbread with beetroot hummus, which she absolutely loved, and a seasonal salad with green beans, asparagus, broad beans, mung sprouts, spring onions, radish and mix leaves and house dressing.


Instead of a dessert, we decided to try another couple of cocktails – Hugo (prosecco, elderflower, lime, mint) and Cherry Fix (prosecco, morello cherry, somerset eau de vie) which were good!


The food and service was great – Villiers is a lovely little spot for drinks / food during the day or evening!

Staff Writer

This is small and cosy restaurant that serves nice coffee and tasty breakfast in a smart cafe atmosphere. Love the eggs soldiers coming into the carton box, fun presentation! Definitely a place to stop for quick food, breakfast or coffee to chill after a walk around embankment if you are in that area, Do  not be in a rush, service tends to be a bit slow!


Small restaurant in a charming side street. Good service. Fish and chips a bit on the soggy side but good flavour. Short menu with standard uncomplicated dishes. Decent wine selection and very attentive service. Affordable. Colourful and youngish crowd, both local and commuters. Easy choice.

Tastemaker

After unsuccessfully trying for a table at Gordon’s, I have several times found myself enjoying a night time tipple at Villiers. The atmosphere feels intimate and buzzy and the music is always great - mostly jazz and swing. Have always opted for the Gordon’s wine, which is lovely. One of the other reviews on this page mentions the service being hit and miss, and I’d have to agree. During my most recent visit this Friday, the waitress was very rude. Hopefully this was just bad luck - it won’t deter me from returning.


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