Berners Tavern

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£26 to £40
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British
Berners Tavern, a restaurant by chef and restaurateur, Jason Atherton is a gathering place for all day dining and entertaining, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and late supper. Located at The London EDITION Hotel, on Berners Street in central London’s Fitzrovia, the restaurant is accessible via a separate street entrance. Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen, creating a contemporary British menu, inspired by the traditions of Great Britain and featuring the very best produce that the British Isles has to offer. Berners Tavern celebrates traditional and iconic British dishes including the heralded Sunday Roast and Afternoon Tea.

Private Dining

Located above Berners Tavern, the private dining room is an intimate space. A modern, long dark walnut table with rose upholstered chairs is placed under an original historic skylight with atmospheric lighting. Berners Tavern Private Dining Room is available to suit every occasion.

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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, cuisine and service!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service is not great and the restaurant is way too noisy

JV
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, the interiors amazing and the staff are always brilliant. I love that place. Stunning, comfortable and great quality with un-pretentious, helpful staff. Both my guests commented on how much they enjoyed the experience.

JD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food as always and a good vibe but noisy! I recommend the pork pie and mac and cheese!

SP
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A great setting for a celebration! Delicious food quickly served. Noisy, busy, lively. Not the venue for a quiet evening for two.

SG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to deliver. Excellent food, wine and service. Would thoroughly recommend a visit. Can get quite noisy but worth it. One of the best dining rooms in London.

HV
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really beautiful restaurant with very friendly staff and great food. It's a little noisy but still worth dining there. We will definitely be back for dinner soon!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening with a wonderful table , great service and superb food. Highly recommend . We were celebrating a birthday and the kitchen even produced a special surprise. Fantastic !

L
London
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We went for Sunday lunch. The roast lunch food was average. The roast potatoes we so greasy. The vegetables were limited (just greens). There was limited cocktails on the menu. The saving grace was dessert. It was amazing. I do not mind spending money on good food but this was just not worth it for me.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing, lovely space to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

c
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

I Love the atmosphere of this beautiful building, I wish the menu had a bit more choice on it but overall its a great restaurant

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brilliant. The only downside was that we were pressured to leave the table after 2 hours. There were 7 of us so was rushed. And we weren't told about it when booking.

SH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, fantastic service and the food was amazing. Loved our visit.

SL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a ‘pit stop’ whilst shopping on Black Friday. We had a fantastic lunch. We could not decide what to have to drink so ordered a couple of glasses of champagne. Our waiter recommended a cocktail that he thought we would like so brought this over for us to try with 2 straws - it was fantastic!! As was the lemon sole, cooked to perfection. We were well looked after as thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Highly recommend

F
London
66 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visited Berners Tavern for breakfast and loved it. Great choice of breakfast options, well priced, gorgeous venue, great service. Hard to fault it.

FF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointed. Lovely elegant dining room. The waiting staff were overly attentive. Attention should be discrete and not be so intrusive e.g. constantly interrupting with “is everything ok?”. My client complained that his breakfast tea was stone-cold (it was). His sour-dough toast was burned on the edges and he found it almost impossible to cut into. The waiter replaced the food and the pot of tea but it was frustrating. For the prices charged the experience was poor. 7/10.

MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The first time we were here 2 years ago, we adored! Two days ago we went very eager to have a fabulous dinner and night. We ordered salad and Chateaubriand for two.We got a piece of meat that was definitely not a Chateaubriand and thta came cold. We returned it only to receive it again in same temperature. It was then replaced by two riv eyes equally cold that could not be eaten! We left totally disappointed and we of course were not charged but only fo the salads and beverages! It was a big disappointment for the place and ambience are great...We will not visit again.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible ambiance, beautiful decor and architecture, attentive staff and good food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal,I really can't recall having a better Mac and cheese (thought my colleague was exaggerating). Lovely place and I got a truffle with a candle in it as it was my birthday!

Only oddities were: (1) the weight of the knife that was unusually light relative to, for example, the salt and pepper shakers; and (2) a picture adjacent to me was slightly ajar, which was a little annoying for my OCD. Minor quibbles.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely restaurant recommended to me a few years ago, I've been back three times since and I don't live in London, perhaps I need a new recommendation but it is very good there. The main restaurant room is an incredible sight with the architecture and the countless ornately framed photographic and art work adorning the walls.

MD
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Totally over rated, very disappointing. The service was lacking, food was mediocre, and for the price point you would expect better.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service were impeccable. Staff were attentive without being overbearing. Pork Pie and Caramel Apple Eclair were amazing.

CD
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I would recommend, if only for the beautiful dining room but with the warning that it's pretty pricey....in particular the wine list does not feel like good value

LF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I never miss an opportunity to have lunch or dinner here during my annual trip to London. I love the decor and the atmosphere. The food is wonderful and there is a great selection of wines. Theatre on a plate....!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointing lunch having to our back both our main courses. Try somewhere else - Scotts!

SI
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely meal and drinks! Great service and beautiful, classy atmosphere -- highly recommend!

LF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Service was great, food very tasty and generous portions and decor is beautiful!

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing decor and impeccable service! The food was good too, not amazing but good. Would definitely visit again.

LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a truly beautiful setting, the staff manage to be very attentive but not intrusive. The duck was superb, and the champagne trolley is so decadent. Loved it.

AT
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very loud for a restaurant in a price level like this!! Difficult to have a conversation.

A
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my third time but this restaurant does not disappoint: very correct service, very good food, great atmosphere. Only small complaint: the noise level can be a bit much at peak times...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great decor, amazing breakfast. Worth the effort to visit

HV
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place with Atmosphere. Never visit London without a Berner ‘s diner.

BD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place full of amazing food, service and atmosphere. Would recommend highly

DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High standard of the staff adds to high level of cuisine.
Wine list outstanding also.
Overall, this is a restaurant that merits many visits.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience, food was excellent however staff was very swamped and took a while to come to our table at end.

Overall highly recommended

G
London
22 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food is always good here, ambience is spot on and always great for a small or big group get together. Unfriendly front of house/hosts let this place down.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff, service and ambience.

MT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I have been to Berner's Tavern many many times and have always enjoyed it. It's an impressive space and generally very good. My last visit for really not good at all.

I booked well in advance. I called to explain that we would no longer be four and that we would also be 30 minutes late. The hostess confirmed this was fine and I was told that we would need to leave the table by 9.30. I confirmed this was completely fine.

I was also told we would need to leave by 9.30 when we arrived. We asked for the bill, it took almost 20 minutes then someone came over at 9.36 very unprofessionally saying that we really need to leave the table and we should have left at 9. I politely pointed out that two people had told me we could stay untl 9.30 and they he should speak with his hostess team. He would not let it go and then when I came back from the loo this person was telling someone else at my table that we really needed to leave. This was a bad end to the evening and the table by the kitchen was a further insult. Not impressed. At all.

PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I used to love Berners, this was probably my fifth visit and it is somewhere I always recommend. However, I feel standards and
quality have seriously slipped.

The good - the room is beautiful. The design, style and ambiance are excellent. It was only spoilt by an impromptu and inexplicable music increase for about 2 minutes before it was turned down. The service was also delightful, the staff are warm and friendly.

The bad - sadly, and frustratingly... the food. What used to be a place I would rush to is now one I will probably avoid. The bread (normally you can tell the quality of the restaurant by its bread offering) was left on the table with us with no explanation. Both the white and brown offering felt stale, and the end of the loaf. The starter; Mushroom focaccia, was average, it lacked seasoning and was on the colder side of lukewarm. The main; Duck, was a bit of a disaster. The breast itself was over both overcooked and undercooked, with the meat slightly over the “blushing stage” , whilst the fat was not correctly rendered and it was horribly chewy and almost impossible to eat. I will stress, I did finish the duck - minus some of the fat - because I hate the thought that an animal died to be thrown away. It was an unpleasant chore to eat, a sad end to a beautiful animal and a poor cookery mistake from, what was, an excellent restaurant. The desert was actually superb, raspberry and chocolate, I could have licked the plate. A fine finish to an otherwise underwhelming and disappointing meal.

They could have had a bad day, there could have been new staff in the kitchen - so please don’t judge by this review alone. However, it has definitely tarnished its reputation for me, I left feeling I had spend too much and received little in return.