The Only Running Footman
The Only Running Footman

The Only Running Footman

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.therunningfootmanmayfair.com/
  • Phone: 02074992988x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 7.30am - 11pm
    Friday 7.30am - 12am
    Saturday 9.30am - 12am
    Sunday 9.30am - 10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary British, British, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Eddie Kouadio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hays Mews
  • Public Transit: Green Park - Victoria Line/Jubilee Line
    Bond Street - Central Line/ Jubilee Line
  • Parking: No
A word from The Only Running Footman
An affordable glamorous destination in the heart of Mayfair serving breakfast, lunches and dinners using only the finest British produce, with a traditional, quaint ground floor pub with real ales, premium lagers and an extensive international wine list. The first floor dining room offers an affordable fine dining experience with attentive service, white linen and British seasonal food. Above that sits a beautiful Private Dining Room which is available for exclusive hire that can seat up to 40 guests or accommodate 60 guests standing. The ultimate in dining experiences is the exclusive private kitchen on the top floor with a top chef to cook for you and your very own host to serve at your party.
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The Only Running Footman reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.6
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (54)fit for foodies (26)sunday lunch (20)special occasions (16)brunch (15)group bookings (15)romance (12)outstanding value (10)pre/post theatre (10)child friendly (6)outdoor eating (4)afternoon tea (3)good vegetarian options (2)Show More
  • Great Service
    luvfood
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    The restaurant is upstairs and a very different feel to the bustling pub below. Beware if you dine early you are likely to be the only people in the restaurant, it only ever seems to get busy after about 8/8.30, however there is no turn around time on the tables so you are free to linger for as long as you want. There was only one waiter there when we visited however he did an excellent job looking after all the tables on his own. The food is very good, and good value for Mayfair.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Pioneer of Gastronome Pub
    HighTension
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Visitors from outside U.K. must try the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traveler
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Loved thus restaurant. There is a downstairs which seemed more fun. We were upstairs and it was quieter. Didn't seem to want to check our name or reservations.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Barbara
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Excellent food, very good service and a lovely atmosphere. Very close to our flat, it was a very nice evening. I had the soup special, broccoli, which was excellent. The lamb pie had a crust that was the best I've had. Noise from the pub downstairs is a negative. Tables are very close together.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Solid!
    Bharat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been dining at The Only Running Footman two or three times a year over the last three years or so...should visit more often! Good service, well cooked and presented food, and excellent wine list, in Mayfair, and thus a perfect location for relaxed business lunches without the usual 'Mayfair fuss'!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Enjoyable and tasty lunch
    business
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Very nice food, wine a bit pricey. Great waiting staff.
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Disaster
    Trinity
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    This is the fourth time we have eaten at here. Last time we had a small hitch in that our sons food was not ready at the same time as ours. We thought we would give it another go. Huge mistake. To start with the bread we were served was more like toast, I could have used it as a nail file (bread costs extra on the menu) My main arrived and my husbands was not ready. By the time his arrived mine was cold. Mine went back and my husband started without me to avoid the same again. Unfortunately the food was under seasoned and tasteless.`Even our ice cream order arrived from the kitchen wrong. Through all this our waiter was very good although presenting us with the bill before we were offered coffee was not a great move!
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  • Not for families with children
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    I found this place via Internet search "family friendly" places to eat in Mayfair. Apart of a high chair there was nothing friendly there. Not even kids menu or a place to put a buggy. Besides we have waited for our food for a good 30 min. We were hungry, kids were hungry - not the best scenario. anyway I do not recommend this place. And Its overpriced!
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  • Great experience
    Julia
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, nice atmosphere, amazing service !! Will definitely come back !!
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    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unas hamburguesas deliciosas.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Muy buen ambiente, muy buen trato y muy buena comida. Quizás, algo caro.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • The Only Running Footman
    APD72
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Great location and lovely small restaurant with great ambience. Food was very good, especially the scallops with roasted cauliflower puree. Service was ok but not great, but there was the distraction of a large party in the private room. Some language barrier issues over ordering a (from the menu) liqueur coffee (we ended up with an espresso and a shot of whiskey) and they didn't seem happy to remove/replace. Overall good and would go again but the service let it down slightly.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Special holiday dinner
    fabdinner
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    We ate here twice on our vacation in London. Food was outstanding and atmosphere was upscale yet comfortable; service was top notch.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    Bunny367895
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    We had a very nice evening at the restaurant at the first floor. The service was very good, and the food outstanding!
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    romance
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  • The survice was wonderful
    Champ6
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Lovely meal overall, but prices are a bit high for quality of food.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Only Running Footman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    A traditional pub in the heart of Mayfair, but upstairs provides an intriguing contrast with beautifully laid tables, attentive service and excellent food. Many of the restaurants in Mayfair fall into the 'rip-off' and poor value bracket, even though they would like to think that they are high end fine dining! The Only Running Footman is much more of a traditional British experience, and is all the better for it. As a Mayfair based company we will continue to use this pub/restaurant on a continuous basis as the standards and values are consistently high, and you walk out feeling that you have had a great meal in a very friendly and lively environment, rather than feeling much poorer and somewhat underwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delivers
    DJHMOULSOE
    Dined on 28/5/2014
    This is my favourite restaurant in central London. Downstairs is a bustling pub with great atmosphere , real beers and friendly welcome . The restaurant [upstairs] is perfect for business lunches/dinners or for a meal with friends and family. The food is consistently good; the menu is regularly refreshed and with daily specials there's always something new to try. And its great value. Decent sized portions, well presented and always delicious; from appealing veggie options to decent pies and lovely desserts. The combination of good beers, a sensibly priced wine list and enjoyable dining at affordable prices makes it my first choice. Oh and the wait staff are delightful. Only downside is the inadequate toilet facilities; plan your visit!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, outstanding value
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  • Good pub food
    Jarryd
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    We sat in the pub area downstairs because the restaurant was closed. We preferred this. Staff were very attentive. We all had steak sandwich which was tasty and good value.
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  • Fantastic !
    RLEatingtourVIP
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    This is a wonderful find. The restaurant is small, intimate and warm. Staff were friendly, helpful and efficient, we were made to feel very welcome. The atmosphere was relaxed but the restaurant runs very efficiently almost without you noticing. The food was absolutely wonderful, every course was superb , so good that we were offering each other tastes of our meals because it was so good you wanted to share the experience. I visited several restaurants during this business trip and this one is head and shoulders above the rest.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Good Value
    Datvires
    Dined on 22/4/2014
    We had an early meal and the ribeye was superb as was the chicken pie. We were upstairs and the only diners so we had the full attantion of the waitress. It was quiet, very well decorated and considering it was the middle of Mayfair, excellent value.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Just around the corner from the somewhat aggressively sad nighttime scene of Berkeley St. is a local gastropub/restauant that should be much busier than it is.
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  • delicious food great service
    VeeQW
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    The fish was cooked to perfection and service was very accommodating considering we came with two children who left a bit of a mess.
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  • Poor poor poor!
    fulhamfoodie
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    Was here before Xmas and was great but went for lunch with a friend on Saturday and it was awful. The place was empty and the waitress would only let us sit by the door or next to the toilets, then they had run out of half the wine list and the food was mediocre. Top it all off with zero atmosphere! Will not be back
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    Bharat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've always enjoyed my visits to TORF; must visit more often. The food is always first rate, excelled only, on this occasion, by the superb service!
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Good gastro pub food
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Good service and good food. Definitely will be back..
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak ordered medium rare
    Pubgrub
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Steak ordered medium rare and arrived looking as if it had come straight from the butcher and hadn't see heat at all Spaghetti vongole - one third of the clams unopened as inedible
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  • perfect!
    luvedit
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    my family incuding 2 children loved this restaraunt. food was delicious. service outstanding. a memorable evening
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    fit for foodies, child friendly
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  • I loved it!
    JeannetteSoest
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    I felt for the hilarious name. Never heard before of a gastropub, but it was lovely. The food was great, the setting also. It has the advantages of a good restaurant and the cosy atmosphere of a pub. I will return here
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    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance of quality restaurant
    Simon
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    First visit to this gastro pub for dinner. It has the ambiance of a quality restaurant, very different from the pub downstairs. Food was good, but not amazing. My chicken kiev was moist and crispy but was lacking in garlic. My friend said their fish stew was very tasty, and the ice creams were excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. Price list was 'reassuringly expensive' - i.e. expensive for a pub restaurant but not completely outrageous.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • easy place to meet
    richyrich
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    Always a safe bet when meeting friends who are visiting London.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch for two. Amazing
    Northernambrosia
    Dined on 16/3/2014
    Sunday lunch for two. Amazing rib of beef. Pretty good lamb. Very well prepared and the rest of the courses top notch too. Decent wine list and OK value overall - but it is Mayfair remember. Really friendly service.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Tom78
    Dined on 14/3/2014
    No one ever imagines that there could be such a lovely restaurant nestled above a bustling gastro pub. Makes the decision of where to meet before supper so much easier! Only a short walk from Green Park and the bars of Mayfair makes for a great starting point for your evening. A small menu but always done well.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal
    Jimmy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great service, a warm and friendly atmosphere and very tasty food. I'll be back.
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    business meals, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere with average food
    Locutus
    Dined on 20/2/2014
    There is an exciting selection of dishes which can satisfy even those with an appetite for something 'unusual'. The food however is average and not always cooked to specification (steak ordered medium - served well done). The staff are friendly but don't expect them to anticipate your needs or remember what you said five minutes ago. We explained three times that one of our friends was arriving 15 minutes later,and even though we'd ordered aperitifs, two different staff kept asking to take our order. The wine list is good but most of the reds are overpriced. A bottle of Barolo would force most people to get a second mortgage!
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  • Simply outstanding!
    Nobody
    Dined on 16/2/2014
    Where pub culture meets haute cuisine. Truly delicious dishes, busy bar downstairs and more official restaurant at the 1st floor very friendly staff, great atmosphere, reasonable (for Mayfair) prices.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot in Mayfair
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    Enjoyable evening. The food is always of high-quality.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good solid food, nice place
    AJB07
    Dined on 31/1/2014
    Nice busy pub downstairs, upstairs restaurant was quieter - the food was lovely. Service good too and prices were reasonable.
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    group bookings
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  • good old fashioned dining.
    jimwoz
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    An absolute stand by for a long lunch. Good quality unpretentious grub and an excellent wine list.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice upstairs dining room
    Theonlyamk
    Dined on 15/1/2014
    I had been to the Only Running Footman a number of times before and had also eaten in the downstairs bar. When I came in on the night of my booking it was very busy in the bar area and I was afraid that we would have to spend the night shouting at each other over dinner. So I was very pleasantly surprised when they referred me to the upstairs dining room which is lovely and very classy. And so nice and peaceful! Dining is good here but not outstanding - though it remains one of my favourite options is very expensive (and often overpriced) Mayfair.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Pub food - so why the price?
    PubMan
    Dined on 14/1/2014
    Overall fairly unremarkable pub food. Nothing bad, but nothing special. However, the price does not reflect this. So essentially this is an over priced pub.
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  • We had an excellent brunch
    LornaR
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had an excellent brunch at the Only Running Footman. Will be back to try lunch!
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