Brunswick House Cafe

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521 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Delicious Food, Beautiful Room, Interesting Wine, Engaging Service

A resplendent informal restaurant & cocktail bar, set in the crumbling grandeur of a Georgian town house, built for the Duke of Brunswick in 1758.

Our cooking is all based around exceptional British produce, sourced from small producers, farmers and fishermen throughout the isles.

Our wine list offers a diverse selection from the rustic to the refined, the familiar to the undiscovered.

We also have many fabulous rooms available for private events of all sizes.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.0
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4.3
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TonyE
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, good service, very interesting menu. What's not to like. That's why I keep coming back

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vipWilliams1982
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and lovely atmosphere for a mid-week dinner

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Casbahdarling
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little oasis in the middle of an area which is seeing rapid change. Lovely atmosphere, food and staff. Just as nice for a long, unhurried lunch as it is in the evening. Not cheap but so worth it…

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GKennedy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for the Sunday lunch on my girlfriends birthday. The food was delightful, and very reasonably priced. It can get a little noisy at times, but it's part of the charm.

On Sunday's the Columbia Street flower market is there which is nice to walk through, although very busy

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vipyummy
London
370 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

great meal delicious artichoke soup and fish main course. Bread delicious all in all a great experience as usual.

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JanetT
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We arrived early so thought we would have a drink at the lively bar. To our surprise the barman not only had sherry but gave us his thoughts on it making a comeback !
We lovely the theatrical quirky atmosphere of the place. The staff were attentive, the food delicious so we are pleased that we had booked it. A fun experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff and atmosphere. Loved that there were regulars there. Food was delicious and maybe that is why perhaps we would have liked larger portions.

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vipdolphin8
London
24 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunswick House never fails to delight: the service, the menu and the surroundings are very special and our visitors to London find the experience of dining there "awesome"!

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vipJuicywingnut
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Brunswick House many times but it just gets better and better. The rather abstract service of yesteryear has gone, the food is seasonal and exceptional and, considering the ingredients, it is good value.
Our meal was the best yet with friendly, informed service in a most convivial atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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vivie
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had lunch here with 3 friends with whom I lunch on a regular basis. Venue is striking with unusual decor and easily accessible by public transport
Food was excellent and a bit different but service was slowish and haphazard. Soup was delicious but not hot enough. The 2 waiters were friendly and smiley but it felt as though they had not been trained properly. A wrong order resulted in having to wait for some vegetables. Food and drinks were placed on the edge of the table rather than individually served,.
No great complaint and would go again and recommend the venue to others but service needs to sharpen up. We paid the additional service charge but felt slightly cheated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food with unusual combinations. Attentive staff who carefully explained menu. Not cheap but food excellent. Nearly £100 for two people having two courses including service charge because of extremely expensive wine (we went for least expensive).

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though they were busy with Chrismas parties, supremely nice, confident and competent service. (Every member of staff knew all about the food.) Food excellent, imaginative modern British and not overwhelmingly heavy.

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Sbear
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quirky bar with good atmosphere but pricey for the location.
Although there is nothing else around

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Gerry
London
22 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Service was very good, attentive and prompt. I found the food very expensive and very small portions for the main course, you have to order sides. Wine is also expensive.

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vipjdaw
London
56 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Tough beef (rare isn’t the same as having to hack at it and chew forcefully) and had to request steak knife! Beef was given more cooking time after I was asked if it was ok. Really good stonebass though. Great sorbet (ginger and pear). Tiny starter but tasty.

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LizzieO
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great decor so you dont get bored...lots to look at. Down to earth friendly staff. Good sommelier. Food not in massive portions but well priced and tasty. Our bavette steak was a little too raw for our taste but otherwise everything else perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Chose Brunswick House for an annual family lunch, having had a number of truly exceptional experiences there in the past. Tuesday, restaurant was empty, but the food was simply not as memorable as I recall: an old spot terrine was really disappointing: fridge-cold and cake like; celeriac soup was 'OK' and the squid 'well, squid'...
Main courses found the old spot (I think shoulder) 'nothing special'; sea bream with quinoa was delicious but not alchemical; and the leaves and salads just OK. However the roast cornish potatoes were exceptional - a flash of vivid flavour and flair applied to an ordinary vegetable - exactly what I recall from previous visits. Our choice of wine was perhaps unfortunate - a flint-dry Chablis, hard as nails, which also took the price up a bit; whereas their house white is absolutely delicious. Puds were OK, and my cheese excellent and correctly room temperature. So a tad disappointed - on this visit, lunchtime's not the place at its best.

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JBbb
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Looks great from the outside and online, but weird vibe on entry. The front of house started complaining about OpenTable and how they were trying to get rid of it, then sat us in the empty dining room and gave us a lunch menu. After asking for a brunch menu we were told it had stopped, which was odd as in the bar area people were just being served with brunch items.
We paid for our bread and left. Just and odd feel, and empty not because of OpenTable but because they don't do all day brunch on a Sunday in London!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An eccentric little gem in Vauxhall, tucked away between a busy road and the residential blocks

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Awesome building and great decor. Food delicious and service was great as friendly but also not over the top so left you enjoy the space and intimacy of the setting. Highly recommend for special occasions and for any wine aficionados!

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ANCO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

THE PORTIONS ARE REALLY TOO SMALL. THE STARTER WAS TOO SALTY (I HAD SQUID) IMAGINATIVE COOKING, BUT NOW IT HAS BECOME TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT YOU GET. I USED TO BE A REGULAR VISITOR, BUT WILL NEED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE. THIS IS A PITY BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE THE PLACE. BIG ADVANTAGE IS THAT IT IS NOT TOO NOISY!

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vipRusty
London
70 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable evening at this unusual venue. Food was very good though and unusual, worth a visit for that alone. Had the pork for main which was delicious and fig ice cream yummy. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. In the same room as the bar and only thing I thought could be better was furnishing and lights which were a bit bright for my liking. You can purchase the chandeliers and mirrors on display which was unusual and quirky
Enjoyable night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Interesting place, with lots of light fittings and an eclectic mix of lights and pots! We liked it, but would criticise two things. My gin based cocktail was small, uninteresting and expensive. Secondly, my starter didn't have the beetroot stated on the menu. When I queried this, the waitress said the menu had changed a bit. That's not acceptable. I didn't actually get what I'd ordered. She didn't come back to me with a full explanation. The food is tasty, interesting, but expensive and portions are small.
Overall, a pleasant experience, but they could do better.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a great find! Unusual place, unsual food, unusual armosphere. We loved it. The only thing was that it took quite long to get the food - we did not mind that much, the staff was very friendly. We will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly beautiful Venue. The food was superb , arrived quickly and tasted delicious. The atmosphere was friendly and we were far enough to feel like we were not interfering with other diners and vice Versa. The cocktails were refreshing and well priced- I could’ve drunk them all night they were that good! The food portions were perfect as was taste and texture. The timings between the courses were well timed. Our waitress was incredibly friendly, warm and professional and when asked for recommendations was honest and did not go for the hard sell!
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the whole dining experience and look forward to coming back soon!

MC
MargyC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s an easy place to overlook due to it’s odd location on a very busy major junction but glad I came across it. Food is good, small (ish) portions and a little pricey but delicious. The staff were really helpful and friendly. The restaurant itself is quirky; a faded grandeur (deliberate) and I loved the fact it still felt cosy even though it’s very spacious. Would recommend

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Brendon
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely evening meal with my wife here in early October 2017. We each had pre-dinner cocktail at the bar before seating in the funky dining area, which has dozens of different chandeliers and light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. The meal was fantastic as well with great recommendations from the staff. We really enjoyed our meal here and would easily recommend it to any of our friends travelling through London. Was easily accessible via the Tube as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food delicious, service a little slow, but on the whole a great experience. It was lovely for our anniversary dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I found this Restaurant on a London's top 50 list . I thought this might have been good seeing as it was a list with some top recommended restaurants. Upon entering the Restaurant it felt cold and unwelcoming. The waiter seemed too eager for us to order and choose what we wanted to eat and drink. I mentioned to him please could you give us some more time to decide, but he just told me abruptly that we need to order now otherwise we would have to wait for our food.
Upon receiving my starter it was nothing what it sounded like on the menu. It stated that it was a Venison ragu with noodles. It came cold and with dry tagliatelle, not noodles. When I was trying to ask the waiter about the wines he couldn't really tell me anything that would fit with our food, so I ended up ordering a bottle of sparkling wine to make it easier.
overall I was very disappointing experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just loved everything about the Brunswick: the setting which was both beautiful and relaxed, the friendly and witty waiters and waitresses and the delicious and original food. We had a great evening and will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, quirky atmosphere and delicious food. Nice to have a short menu and freshly prepared dishes. Though the way the menu items are described is somewhat puzzling- e.g. The venison dish mentioned 'trotter' but that turned out to be an ingredient for the jus - no actual foot on the plate! Waiter gave a very enthusiastic explanation of all the dishes - be sure to ask!!

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HeatherL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my second visit to Brunswick House, the menu looks quite unusual but everything is so tasty. The food is really excellent and it's one of the best restaurants that I've ever been too. The portions are fairly small but this wasn't an issue. I would highly recommend!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't fault this place. Brilliant every time. Delicious.

CC
ChrisC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant... a hidden gem in an offbeat location

FX
FeliXy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An Original eatery in these magnolia coloured times. Quirky, good food, great staff and a truly unique setting. THANK YOU FOR A MEMORABLE NIGHT

NC
NicolaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to me and it totally lived up to expectations. The food was sublime, the service attentive without being over the top and the ambience was unique. We were all very impressed and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you.

DL
DianaL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was exciting, although my venison was cold since I felt the kitchen was getting the timing wrong.

MG
MGlas
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy, stunning seasonal food, thoughtful wine list

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Not the best for brunch as not much of an atmosphere but very fancy food and and very pleasant staff

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food just never disappoints and how the flavours are put together is genius. The staff are just as amazing, they know the dishes so can discuss them. Favourite place by far!

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Brunswick House Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.