Holborn Dining Room

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£26 to £40
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British
A grand brasserie set in Midtown London, Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine with a twist in a vibrantly bustling dining salon. Combining reclaimed oak with antique mirrors, red leather banquettes with tweed detailing, and two antique patina copper-topped bars, it’s a place for enjoying a convivial meal with friends, a spontaneous pint of local lager and a burger, or a selection of crustacea and charcuterie paired with fine wine – all served by our friendly team who are always happy to help. Relaxed yet stylish, the copper-topped Gin Bar at the Holborn Dining Room offers London’s largest collection of Gin, specialising in Gin cocktails as well as classic cocktails, spirits, wines and craft beers. The year-round garden Terrace enables guests to savour unique food and drink offerings reflecting the flavours and ingredients of each British season in a luxurious garden setting.

Private Dining

A pie kitchen by day, an exclusive dining room by night. The Pie Room is available for private hire, every evening, for up to ten people. Dine in this enchanting setting with a specially tailored three or five-course Pie Tasting Menu available from £100 per person or £150 per person with pairing wines.course menu by Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin.

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ED
London
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Famed for their pies, our mission was to try all of them. As it was #WellyWednesday, we tried that too.
Best pies we’ve ever had. In a fantastic room. With attentive service it was all fantastic.
We will all be back. More than once

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was lovely - particularly the sides.

The burger was actually a bit much which is not something I usually would say!

Only thing is we had booked a table but had to wait about 25 minutes to be seated... even though we reserved, which wasn't ideal. The service from the staff was very good though! However, the food did take a while and there was a long gap between our starters and our mains.

TR
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food first rate of its sort. Best steak and kidney pudding I have ever had. Service friendly and well intentioned but front-of-house is not the strongest suit. (Reception denied all knowledge of my booking, though I had proof of it.) Drinks expensive and choice surprisingly limited: after two unsuccessful attempts to get a glass of dry sherry we gave up and went straight to a bottle of house red (a carignan, not bad: Pietas from the Hérault - £36 a bottle (£8.25 in the shops – a helluva mark-up)). Still, the steak and kidney pudding is not to be missed.

DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

£29 for the full traditional breakfast is far too much for what it was. A small plate of average ingredients. There was nothing special about the dish that warranted such a high price. I think it's the highest price I've ever paid for a traditional breakfast.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Wine ridiculous expensive. 15£ per glass for a good Cote du Rhône is remarkable silly.
But the rest was perfect.

J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a birthday celebration. From ambience to food to service, everything was perfect! Would definitely come back again!

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Could be a great restaurant but our service was very poor. Waited 20 minutes for our table even though it was free. And service of food very slow, a couple that arrived after our starters got their main course at the same time as us. It wasn’t packed when we arrived and the food wasn’t as hot as it should be. A real shame as a beautiful venue.

LT
London
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was great food and ambience but a bit slow service

AW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Style over substance, although food was good, there was little difference between the food in this restaurant and a decent pub. The quality didn’t justify the price. In addition to this, I’ve rarely had worse service in a restaurant. The waiter was condescending short tempered and inattentive. An hour between each course and a poor service made what should have been a nice evening disappointing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good catch up with amazing friend, who had never visited Holborn Dining Room. She loved it

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Whilst the service was excellent, I was disappointed that on a Friday evening at 8pm the restaurant had run out of mash and champ, so we had some fries and bread to mop up the delicious gravy.
Hard to believe, running out of potatoes!
Also had run out of our first choice of wine.
The waiting staff were put in a difficult position having to tell us this.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. Service and staff attentiveness was very good. The service charge at 12.5% was a bit high. We pointed out that our bar drinks hadn’t been included in our bill and I would have perhaps hoped that they would have only charged for one and not both, especially as I had decided to be honest about it. 12.5% service charge was also added to the drinks.
That said, it was a birthday celebration for my wife that we did enjoy

CT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great pies. Very cool inside and lots going on. A little loud

RK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST beef wellington in existence. EVER.
The rest of the experience was also great, but the food is something else!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Table was cramped, service was really poor. I was on a client breakfast and kept having to ask for tap water, cutlery, condiments, the bill etc. which shouldn't be the case at a restaurant of this calibre. Was a very weird experience. Shame

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent choice for Sunday lunch. Best traditional pork pie I have ever eaten! Highly recommend!

B
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really nice people & staff food was wonderful full of flavour nicely priced cocktails perfect the whole experience was great the sitting of the whole place the atmosphere was charming will be returning in the new year

CM
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and fabulous food. We both had pie as we had heard how good they were and we were not disappointed.. can't wait to go back again

HG
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bubbly atmosphere with plenty of chatter from all of the busy tables. Lights were a bit too dim to easily read the menus, but it did help create a private environment. Lovely surprise birthday dessert brought out for my boyfriend.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Lovely décor and fun albeit loud atmosphere, service friendly and attentive. The low rating is driven by the food - both my friend and I had over cooked food and it was expensive. I had fish and chips and the batter was hard and thick with the fish totally dry from being overcooked - for £20 plus service charge for fish and chips I was expecting better things!

BD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and venue. Wholesome comfort food and good service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place for Wellington on Wednesday’s.

RM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very good, but the noise made it virtually impossible to enjoy a discussion with my dining partner.

GP
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere was buzzy (on the loud side, but we enjoyed that). Great food, attentive service. Didn't stay for dessert but everything we tried was fab, esp. pies and grilled octopus. Not the cheapest, but as long as you know that going in, not an issue.

JB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pies ahoy! Seriously all the food is good and the service was excellent - we had a great time!

IK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We dined with 4 people at Holborn Dining room. The starter was great. We shared Oysters at the table. The fish and ribeye was very good but sirloin steak was a bit dry - even though I ordered medium rare- and too thick in my opinion. Ambiance is really nice and the service was perfect.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole team we wonderful, attentive and friendly! The food was delicious and those pies are dreamy. The Bacchus was a treat and shame it was the last bottle! Thanks for a great evening!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey food and great service. Very elegant room

TP
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The pies were incredible (it was the reason we went, to try them!). When we arrived it was fairly quiet but we were still sat in the corner of the restaurant next to some of the only other people in the room and they seemed to be having a business meeting. Seeing as there were few people in the restaurant when we arrived, it would've been nice to have a better table but it was no detriment to the evening. The service was really friendly but dinner felt a tad rushed - we were in and out in about an hour and 15 mins.

Overall, prices on the high side, table allocation a bit odd but the food and the ambience was well worth the visit and I would definitely recommend pie lovers to dine here :)

BJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Great food.

Service wasn't great.

Waited far too long for drinks and bread.

Staff were friendly and knowledgeable but lacked managing amd therefore attention (drink, food wait and paying delays)

Was "ok" not as it was a year or so ago, neess a bit of attention

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Staff didn’t write down our order and got it wrong.

DB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food lovely restaurant, I am coming on the 17th December with my senior management team so looking forward to it-thank you!

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had drinks at the bar , however did have to wait a long time to get seen and served . Meal in the restaurant was great

Would be better if fish n chips skin was removed .
Excellent lunch
Ginger ice cream stem ginger too large and chunky

AS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive, but not overbearing. Excellent for a working lunch with the option to linger, which we did.

CB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Sommelier was really lovely, just the right amount of direction without being too imposing. A lovely meal in -as always - a beautiful environment, but still a tad over-priced compared to similar dining rooms in town. One or two of the waiting staff would benefit from having a tad more awareness of their surroundings, as the table next to us spent a prolonged amount of time talking though the menu at full volume whilst waving the light on all of their mobile phones around the table, virtually blinding us for a good ten minutes. But more than happy to return.

SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Pies were fantastic but that’s it. My pie came with cold sauce on the side, I didn’t realise before I poured it on my pie so I had to wait for a new one, when it arrived the chips were way over cooked. Two friends had to wait for their sides, poor excuses for waiting and their meals were half way through when they arrived. When the bill arrived the maximum service had been added, my friend dealt with the bill, I would have refused to pay the full bill and wanted my dinner taken off. When I complained after paying and asked for a bottle of wine to compensate I was refused with disgusted looks, we eventually got the wine but does not make up for such a poor experience.

HL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had heard great things about the pies and we were not disappointed! Ordered the Pork Pie and when it came out I was quite shocked at its size as it was much smaller than I had expected. Rest assured it was packed with meat and flavour. It is safe to say I did not leave hungry. Would definitely visit again!

CL
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Had high hopes for this restaurant as the food from the Pie Hole walk-up counter associated with the place is exceptional. Sadly, it was somewhat disappointing. Service was excellent. The space was fun. But the food was, well, just pretty average despite the enthusiastic sales pitch by the waitstaff. Given you’re paying premium prices, I just expected more: More flavour, more portion size, more bang for buck. Not sure I’ll be back for the restaurant but I certainly will be back for the Pie Hole.

DV
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit all the right notes in terms of food, service and ambiance albeit a victim of its own success and acoustics in terms of the din of a loud lunchtime crowd. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend all the same.

FC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was in line with the high expectations for such an iconic place. The location is fascinating. The main and only issue is with the very high noise in the hall, reinforced by a useless background music (nobody can really listen to it and just adds to the decibels).