Chez Bruce

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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995. From the outset, it was their intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment.
At Chez Bruce we are not particularly into gadgets and tricks in the kitchen. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making could be listed as specialities. We also take the cheese board very seriously indeed and it forms an integral part of the restaurant's day-to-day life.
The Directors of the restaurant are fanatical wine-lovers and are very proud of the restaurant's wine list which truly is one of the very best in the UK.
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EM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food - wonderful service and excellent evening.

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TO
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service with amazing food. They also very kindly marked the occasion of our wedding anniversary with little something from the chef. A really nice touch!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for lunch for my husbands birthday and were seated upstairs which is smaller so the ambiance was a little less than downstairs. Lovely food and waiters.

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A
London
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely lunch.
However, speedy topping up of wine is always an annoying tactic to try to up the bill. In fact a couple on the table next to us showed staff how terribly pushing booze can backfire as one of the party was so drunk, he fell across a table and mistook the kitchen for the toilet. The restaurant manager hissed at them that no more alcohol would be served to them. Bit late for that!
What a shame.

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M
London
22 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and service. A real treat - especially the cheese board!

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JE
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful setting which we have enjoyed for over 20 years! However Monday lunchtime service is not as "on point" as it usually is. No Somelier and some waiting staff in training with no guidance on explaining dishes etc. I'm also Gluten Free and they bought us a "Happy Anniversary" cake which wasn't GF but they said it was! They said they'd provide an alternative but didn't. We were so full so didn't miss it but it was a shame. Also Bruce walked through the restaurant - it would have been a nice touch for him to say hello. There were only about 8 tables so it wouldn't have taken long. We love Chez Bruce and are very loyal but this visit wasn't quite as special as others.

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IB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular, service excellent - attentive without being intrusive!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow! We visited for my Mum’s 70th Birthday on a recommendation and were not disappointed. A low key restaurant with outstanding food....we all had different main courses and deserts and none of us could fault any aspect! Delicious strawberry and pomegranate fizz cocktail too and the kind gesture of a cake for my mum.

My only constructive bit of feedback would be that the young man who was assigned to our table seemed rather uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the menu, unable to answer the couple of questions we had and not coming back to us on the answers when he said he was going to find out. This did not detract from the overall experience though.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to be excellent from the service, to the food, to the little touches like the Parmesan biscuits, delicious breads, shortbread and then there’s the fact that you never feel rushed, just beautifully looked after. Cannot recommend highly enough. Hope I will be back again soon

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n
London
97 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous as ever 3 course menu. We keep coming back for more.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Outstanding food and sommelier provided a great recommendation, although the service wasn’t quite up to the usual high standard

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as ever xxx my favourite restaurant

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G
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

For a Michelin Star restaurant, this place is up there. The food was fantastic and the £6 supplement for the Lobster and Scallop ravioli was well worth it. My Duck main was cooked beautifully, and the Cod dish was also delightful. Service was efficient and knowledgeable and the restaurant was busy with a good atmosphere. Would definitely return!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful wine, wonderful service as always. Thank you!

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LB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately we were left to wait for 20 mins to order dessert, so we were rushed out of our table at the end and not offered the truffles / petit fours / pastries we saw going to other tables as the staff tried to get rid of us. A shame as we were there for our anniversary and wanted it to be special.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a special occasion ...consistently wonderful.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent personal service & delicious food

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service not as good as it was a few years ago. No one explained the menu like they used to do, and we had a long wait before anyone took our desert order. The sommelier was excellent.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal. Exceptional service throughout, flavoursome interesting dishes and a fun atmosphere that keep the restaurant top position for a special occasion.

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T
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most of the staff were very friendly and helpful
The noise level was high but the food was amazing

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L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food - it was absolutely faultless. Very good service and nice ambiance. Highly recommend

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I
London
73 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Simply very very good. Welcoming staff, and light/bright room with good noise levels. Good selection of wines by the glass & carafe to match above average cooking. A cheeseboard worthy of attention and charming staff keep it all ticking over. Good enough for special occasions or more regular restitution. A few crumbs under the table cloth and sediment in the wine would offer the tiniest of glitches in an otherwise impeccable set up.

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AI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Usually excellent but seemed to be having an off day. Service was all over the place and food was disappointing. Sommelier was great but nothing else clicked.

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, straight-forward food. There were no frills or pretentiousness, just fantastic cooking of great ingredients.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been coming to Chez Bruce for over 10 years now. It’s always been our favourite place and excellent value for money. We even had our wedding meal there. Sadly I feel the service isn’t what it used to be and hope this will be taken as constructive criticism as I want Chez Bruce to succeed. Before staff used to take time to go through the menu with you and make the food sounds so delicious, now I have to ask the staff to explain things and the explanation is ok but not presented with the passion it used to be. Little things like explaining the different types of bread rather than just presenting the bread basket with you and not saying anything.
This may sound silly but it’s those small things in my opinion which make a fantastic restaurant.

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was straightforward classic cooking with tasty results. The service was unpretentious but attentive enough. The atmosphere was convivial with more of a smart bistro feel. Excellent value 3 courses. Just lacked real finesse to get my 5 stars. Judging by the popularity, I can imagine the restaurant is consistent in what it delivers.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service by the waiters/waitresses was first class. The only recommendation would be that the decor could do with a lick of paint.

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B
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food- the asparagus, the salmon and the cheese baked were wonderful! The fresh bread- the biscuits- they were great. We had a leisurely dinner and loved the environment.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday lunch. Food and service is as ever fantastic.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was average

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A near-perfect meal - superbly attentive but unobtrusive service, a room that seems to do everything right, including the acoustic, which makes nearby tables seem quieter and further away than they are, and food that, while not pushing the boundaries, is superbly executed in every way. Take your mum, your boss, your friends, your enemies, take everyone.

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HJ
London
42 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Chez Bruce, a Michelin star restaurant without being pretentious. We visited for my wife's birthday and was not disappointed. The food, wine and service were outstanding. THANKS!

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JH
London
44 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce never fails to deliver. Delicious food, excellent waiting staff and sommelier. We’ve been coming for years and will continue to do so!

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service!! On a sunny day it make for a lovely lunch overlooking the Park.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant and are so lucky to live nearby. It’s never failed to deliver superb food and service in a lovely environment

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SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always brilliant. Such a lovely lunch treat with a friend. Loved it all.

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IN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a client there for a birthday lunch ...the service and food were super...and little extras like the unprompted Birthday Cake were a delight

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PC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails always consistently good food wine and service

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