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Dining out in Covent Garden

A short 15 minutes walk or 2 minutes tube ride from Regency House Hotel, Covent Garden is host to an extensive range of pubs, restaurants and other eateries. Located in the centre of the West End’s theatre district, it is popular with both locals and tourists for pre-theatre dinners and after show drinks. Below are some of the best of the multitude of pubs, eateries and restaurants that Covent Garden has to offer.

Balthazar - 6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ

Balthazar is the home of traditional French bistro food, serving an eclectic lunch and dinner menu seven days a week. Its menus include French favourites such as Escargots with garlic butter, rabbit with mustard and white cabbage and the popular lunch of mussels and chips. Prices vary according to the dish, but most fall within the £15-£25 mark for an entrée. The restaurant also has its own in the adjacent store (also open daily), which sells fresh bread, croissants and other pastries.

Belgo Centraal - 50 Earlham St, WC2H 9LJ

One of the renowned chain of Belgian restaurants, Belgo Centraal boasts and eclectic menu of traditional and modern dishes, catering for all ages and tastes. Popular choices include their spit roasted whole chicken, which can be served in a variety of sauces, such as creamy whole grain mustard, sticky chilli and ginger and roast tomato, chorizo and herb. Also available are a wide selection of steaks, burgers and their popular giant sharer planks of meats and vegetarian finger food. Seafood lovers can also enjoy delights that include their kilo mussel pots, available in a variety of sauces, from traditional Provencale to the more exotic Thai option. Starters are priced around £6 and entrees from £12-20, making it excellent value for money.

Champagne & Fromage - 22 Wellington street, WC2E 7DD

Champagne & Fromage is an elegant French bistro and fromagerie, serving a wide variety of excellent champagnes, cheese and traditional French desserts. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the bistro setting or make purchases to take away as souvenirs or gifts. In addition there are regular organized champagne and cheese tastings to give you the opportunity to learn a little more about the culture and sample a variety of produce that the store has on offer. There is a lunch and dinner menu, plus an afternoon tea option for those stopping by for a break while they explore the local area, with varieties including pomegranate white tea and pineapple and ginger flavour.

Clos Maggiore - 33 King St, WC2E 8JD

Recently crowned London's 'Most Romantic Restaurant' in Harden's Restaurant Guide 2014, Clos Maggiore provides a contemporary French menu in an authentic-style setting that is reminiscent of the country’s local taverns. Starters include roasted duck foie gras and rare yellowfish tuna, with main course options ranging from shellfish dishes such as organic sea trout to poultry specialities like oven roasted breast of guinea fowl. The restaurant also offers a two and three courses set menu and a pre-theatre menu that is available before both matinee and evening performances. Prices are average for Covent Garden eateries, with main courses at around £20. It will make a perfect venue to celebrate your wedding anniversary or Valentine’s eve while your stay at Regency House Hotel near Covent Garden.

Dishoom - 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB

Dishoom is a Bombay inspired eatery that offers an all-day menu of Indian snacks and main courses. Open seven days a week, guests can enjoy delicious food, including a variety of traditional samosas, kebabs, curries and other Indian classics. There are also authentic Indian desserts and drinks to choose from, giving visitors the full flavour of Bombay cuisine in a relaxed West End café venue. Prices for mains are around £7 to £10, making it a cost effective option for visitors throughout the day.

Hawksmoor - 11 Langley St, WC2H 9JG

The Hawksmoor, Seven Dials is part of a London chain of steakhouses, serving top quality cuts of steak in a relaxed, localised setting. Order your Bone-in Prime Rib, T-Bone, Porterhouse or Chateaubriand steak by weight or select from the mains options of sirloin, rump or the classic surf and turf option with lobster accompaniment. All steaks are cooked to your liking and prices are around the modest £30 mark. There is also an impressive range of traditional side dishes, including beef dripping potatoes, creamed spinach and roasted field mushrooms, making it an excellent all around indulgence to remember. With the reputation of London’s best steak house, this is a must visit during you stay at our hotel near Covent Garden.

J Sheekey - 28-35 St Martins Ct, WC2N 4AL

J Sheekey is an established fish and seafood restaurant, located on St Martin’s Court, adjacent to Covent Garden. Those who wish to indulge can order their impressive seafood sharer platters, while individual dishes range from traditional treats such as Cornish fish stew to whole Devon Cock Crab. There are also meat and vegetarian options and in addition to its dining menus, the restaurant also offers a wide range of world wines and an ambitious cocktail list. Entrées are priced from £15-£30. A plethora of seafood excellence awaits you at doorstep when you stay at Regency House Hotel near Covent Garden.

Lamb & Flag - 33 Rose St, WC2E 9EB

The Lamb & Flag is a well-known central London pub, offering a traditional friendly atmosphere, combined with the very best of pub grub. In addition to its weekly classic Sunday roast, there is the staple range of pies, burgers, sausages and fish and chips. Their sandwich menu is varied, with hot salt beef, salmon and a vegetarian roasted peppers and goats cheese option available. The drinks menu also features a good selection of cask ales, guest and festive beers and cider. Sandwiches are priced reasonably, around £7 and a traditional pub mains costs around £10, making it good value for money for those looking for some heart-warming home comfort food

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - 13-15 West St, WC2H 9NE

Describing itself as a ‘theatre for the senses’, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a venue spanning two floors, with its own bar and terrace. Guests are invited to sit around the ground floor wooden dining counter, while the chef prepares their choices, often according to personal specifications and then serves them in a choice of mains or tapas sized portions with selected paired wines. Highlights include crispy suckling pig belly, braised ox cheek and the featured spit roast of the day. Enjoy their unique and delicious desserts on the outside terrace. Their two course pre-theatre menu costs £31pp and the three course £36pp, with individual tapas dishes priced from £5.

Opera Tavern - 23 Catherine St, WC2B 5JS

Another venue for tapas fanatics is the slightly more upmarket Opera Tavern. The restaurant’s décor is more classical and its menu features an original take on the usual offerings, with specialties that include charcoal-grilled brisket, quail and octopus. Their charcuterie also features an extensive selection of meats, Italian and Spanish cheese selections and other more unusual delights, such as crispy pig’s ears, squid skewers and chili salami. Bar snacks from the charcuterie start from just £3 and the restaurant main courses are all £10 or under, making it excellent value for money. A stay at Regency house hotel near Covent Garden gives you an easy access to many of the most popular tapas bars in central London.

Porters English Restaurant - 17 Henrietta St, WC2E 8QH

Since it opened in 1979, Porters has earned itself a reputation for serving traditional English dishes of exceptional quality in a gastropub style environment. The menu is extensive but familiar, populated with all-time favourites such as steak, Guiness and mushroom pie, gamekeeper’s pie and braised beef faggots. All main courses are served with a choice of traditional sides dishes, including mustard mash, braised red cabbage and, of course, the classic bubble and squeak. Prices are reasonable for central London and start around £13 for a main course with one side. Also kids eat for free deal means an enjoyable family meal opportunity in central London while your stay at our hotel near Covent Garden.

Rules - 35 Maiden Ln, WC2E 7LB

Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules prides itself on being the oldest restaurant in London. The dining area consists of plush red seating, surrounded by traditionally decorated walls and furniture, creating a truly classical environment for visitors. The menu is equally as elaborate, with rock oysters, dressed crab and rare roast veal among the starters and braised leg of rabbit, roasted monkfish and venison curry among the mains options. Prices are fitting, with starters around £15 and mains around £25.

Wahaca - 66 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HG

Wahaca brings the vibrant nature of Mexico to the heart of London’s West End. The restaurant is trendy and colourful, with live music and a lively atmosphere. Its menu features classic Mexican burritos, tacos and Pork Pibil and also offers a street food style sharer option, with smaller dishes of tostadas, taquitos and quesadillas. Not sure what to order? The Wahaca Selection provides with sample portions of everything the menu has to offer. Prices are very reasonable, with mains from £7-10, the street food selection around £5 each and the Wahaca sharer at £19.95 for two people. Our hotel nestled near Covent Garden brings you next to the spiciness of Mexico with the amazing kick of flavorful Margaritas in central London.

White Lion - 24 James Street, WC2E 8NS

Another firm favourite for good, traditional British pub food is the White Lion. Part of the Nicholson chain of venues, the White Lion is located in the heart of Covent Garden and a stone’s throw from the underground station. The kitchen is open throughout the day, serving classic dishes, including pork and black pudding sausage and mash, authentic fish and chips, scampi and chips and gammon, egg and chips. There is also a good range of traditional pies, such as venison and sloe gin pie and a classic lamb shank pie. In addition to the pub grub, the venue also boasts a wide range of award-winning ales, including national favourites and micro brews, and seasonal festive menus throughout the year. Main courses cost around £10. Selection of deserts, such as cheesecake, brownie cake and summer pudding, are all under £5.

Whether you are looking for a snack, a quick grab, or a full sit-down meal, you will discover a different style of setting and cuisines at every corner. Many of these eateries offer takeaways that you can later warm up using the exclusive in-room kitchenette facilities provided at our hotel near Covent Garden. From traditional British food to the international flavours of France, India, Mexico and beyond, you are sure to find something to suit your budget and tastebuds during your visit to this popular part of London’s West End.

Regency House Hotel near Covent Garden stands amongst one of the best boutique hotels in central London. It is an easy 15 minutes walk or 2 minutes tube journey to Covent Garden. In addition, it keeps you a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, Soho, Camden, Kings Cross St. Pancras, Kensington, Westminster, and River Thames. The hotel brings you the best of London to explore and experience.

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