Browns - London Old Jewry

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY Browns, Old Jewry occupies a fantastic location in the financial centre of London, close to the Bank of England and Bank underground station. The building used to be the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. From the outside, the building is impressive and quite imposing – on the inside, it’s smart, bustling and atmospheric. In keeping with our fabulous location, we open at 7am for breakfast meetings. Browns is also an excellent venue for lunch, after work drinks and dinner - and the restaurant is available for private hire on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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RayT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

polite and good service, good choice of food on menu.

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vipJohn
London
15 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Sadly my side, creamed leeks, was cold and needed to be sent back. My main, lobster risotto, was salty. Definitely not what I expected based on the ambiance and decor.

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vipBrad
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

They never had our booking in the system so we had to argue to get a table which they gave us in the bar

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We had lunch at Browns, table was big and spacious and atmosphere in the venue very Christmassy. We had people coming in at different times and I appreciate if this was a little confusing to servers. For starters we had baked camembert (which was outstanding!) and other nibbles. Mains - two people on the table ordered linguine which was blant and none of the servers asked if something is wrong when my colleague just had a spoon or two and was done with the meal. We had one guest who was vegetarian, she did not like anything on the menu, waitress agreed to request chefs to make mushroom risotto. She was glad, but when her meal came it was beetroot risotto, she had to double check with server again, why is it beetroot not mushroom risotto. Server took back beetroot risotto and brought mushroom risotto ( which also did not have much taste). Since we had to headback to work it was a shame that some of us had to leave still hungry. I had a pot pie which was warming and filling and enjoyed it. Wish we could all have a great time.

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Robb
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and service as usual but really does need acoustic treatment to keep the noise levels down.

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Drkp
London
19 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good experience tables far enough apart to converse without joining some of other group conversation. Good menu selection, food delivered promptly. Staff when available were excellent but on a number of occasions had to wave to the bar staff to get a waitress to come and see us

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vipClaireH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the set lunch at Browns and thought it was good value for money. I had the chicken and ham pie which was fine overall. It had generous pieces of meat and was tasty but sauce was rather runny and when it's essentially served in a mini soup tureen with a pastry cap (not a real pie in my book) I could have done with a spoon rather than a fork to eat it. The lime posset for dessert was very good. The restaurant is lovely and the service was great.

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vipKandA
London
87 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good central location for business lunch. Busy downstairs so go upstairs if you want to get into more detailed discussions. Standard fare done quite well and nice and quick if you’re pressed for time

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vipChrisTatt
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was fine - nothing special, but good value. Service OK, food OK.

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kayL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Service and food was very good. We were upstairs so is wasn't so noisy. The only thing was that the temperature was really hot, a bit uncomfortable really.

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tinker31
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We were having a good time until i took a spoonful of Eaton mess which has to bits of glass i had in my mouth. Staff did take drinks and desserts of the bill but to be honest i wasn't too pleased although this wasn't the waiters fault I would expect if there was glass in my food to not being paying for anything. its lucky i didn't break a tooth or cut my mouth as this would have become a legal case.

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vipEmmaH
London
124 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good business meal. Good menu choice and service, although the latter perhaps not quite as sensitive as it needed to be.

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vipSabrina
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Expected more from this on my first visit, but the food was average and the service was at times rude.

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LucyS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and good service. Great for a business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent, service a little slow.

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vipdxbaero
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Sadly thats the last time for me at a Browns. I have been to many over the years but the quality of the food is far lower in recent visits.

Service was very slow despite few tables occupied and no sauces offered unless asked for or extra drinks etc.

Just nothing that would bring you back

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vipKandA
London
87 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great location and nice varied menu

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vipNearly2Children
London
116 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was a great catch up with the girls and was glad that I had booked a table as totally manic on a Friday evening. The food was good and so were the cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decent food lovely service

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Barry
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not a bad lunch deal but I guess i ordered the wrong thing!! The chicken and ham pie was very poor - came in a soup bowl with a flap of pastry on top and impossible to eat except by tipping it all out on the plate - very messy. Very average taste.

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RetiredHotelier
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Not tourists, but only occasional visitors to the Square Mile. Delighted to find a restaurant with reasonable table spacing, surprisingly investive, quality cuisine and attentive staff. Thoroughly recommended.

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LeeG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent. It was very quiet between Xmas and New Years so we had an almost exclusive server! Look forward to returning. The steak and lobster was really good.

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MaryC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place in the City for a catch up with friends.

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AmyS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for our team Christmas bash, it was very busy, but service was excellent and the food delicious

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BusheyGirl
London
29 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good place to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. Browns has a nice relaxed atmosphere with little or no pretensions. and doesn't take itself too seriously. Our group had a good. fun evening

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KurtK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. But was let down by the service. I would not have minded if they were busy. But this was not the case

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vipMarshahD
London
42 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and delicious food. Lovely ambience.

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vipJackie
London
42 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were met with a warm welcome and taken to our table (upstairs) immediately however it was only 5 pm so not busy). Our allocated waiter was attentive and our drinks order arrived quickly. We placed our food order (prawn and crab linguine with roasted portobello mushrooms as a side dish). We waited a considerable length of time considering only 3 tables upstairs were occupied. When it arrived, the mushrooms were piping hot (and extremely tasty) but it was obvious that our linguine had been ready for some time as it was lukewarm.

If time hadn't been tight, I would have returned it as I dislike warm food but it was very tasty.

Would I return? For drinks, yes. Food, probably not.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food. Really nice place. A little loud.

MD
vipMarshahD
London
42 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and very good service.

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vipSsKss
London
170 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good central location and large.
Service was slow as it is busy at lunch time.
Vegetarian options not too many

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vippomelo
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

have been here many times - however the last two lunches have been terrible... they do not cook the food fresh as they do not change or adapt for food allergies and do not understand food allergies. service was slow and staff did not seem to have a clue. been here in the evenings and prefer it as the staff seem to be awake then. won't be coming back during the day anymore.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The service was quick but good, we requested this when we arrived due to it being a one hour business lunch.

The chicken avocado salad was especially nice.

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vippomelo
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came here for a quick lunch - took over 2 hours!!!! the food was terrible - the pasta was drenched in nothing but uncooked garlic... sent it back and they sent the same dish back which was still strong garlic... then third time it was cooked again and don't think the chef understands that uncooked garlic doesn't work as nothing changed. the service was very slow and left there eating nothing and they tried to charge me for no food.

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RachelA
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for lunches and dinners with friends. Excellent food and quick and attentive service. The prawn and crab linguini is thoroughly recommended.

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vipKate
London
33 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a quick work lunch with a friedn. She had a great steak sandwich and I had the prawn & lobster sandwich. It was nice, speedy service reasonable price and friendly staff. No complaints.
I work above it so know I will be there again soon.

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vipAliThomson33
Surrey
65 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been twice in a few weeks, my experience exactly the same oddly...cool front desk reception but really friendly and efficient waiting staff. We all had the 2 course special offer menu and quite frankly there was nothing to fault. Really hot, tasty, well presented and a nice atmosphere

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vipAliThomson33
Surrey
65 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

As usual, friendly staff (once at table...entry to restaurant I stood around looking for someone to show me to my pre-booked table, eventually had to ask behind the bar and the lady who seated me was not the friendliest), good service (once seated)and no fuss, well cooked simple food with a relaxing atmosphere.

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vipSteve
London
47 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was average - slow to come out and not very hot when it arrived. Perhaps there’s a link?

It was far too noisy to hear the people on the other side of the table.

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vipVeggiefoodie
London
74 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A lovely venue for a catch up with friends. Very good value lunch deal. Our server was very good when he was with us, providing good recommendations. However trying to get attention was sometimes a challenge, and not having the wine on or near the table meant we actually had to leave without finishing the bottle.

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