Browns - London Old Jewry

4.2
69 reviews
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Contemporary British
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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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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

LS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent, service a little slow.

d
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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

KA
London
77 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location and nice varied menu

NC
London
98 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Decent food lovely service

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

RH
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

LG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BG
London
29 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

KK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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

MD
London
42 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. Lovely ambience.

J
London
38 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. Really nice place. A little loud.

MD
London
42 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and very good service.

SK
London
169 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

p
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

p
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

RA
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

K
London
33 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AT
Surrey
59 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

AT
Surrey
59 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

S
London
44 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

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.

V
London
68 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Can’t go wrong here a Browns in the City - one of my go to places for over 10 years. However, I was surprised that they did not have two of the three steaks on the dinner menu because they were sold out at 8 pm on a Tuesday night. I ordered fish & chips which was very good for the quality of the fish and the batter but I did find the chips weren’t that fresh and many were hard. Probably needs a refresh upstairs in terms of tables. Live piano was a plus.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great for my business meeting

KA
London
77 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice airy central location. Varied menu and wine list. Our waiter was really good

CW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good meal with business partners. Could be a bit noisy but manageable. Food was excellent and the profiteroles were the best I have had. All in all a good experience.

E
London
175 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very prompt service and food reasonably priced. Can be noisy, but still fine for a table for two in a quiet corner

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

On arrival was told there'd been issues with bookings via Open Table
Was given a table when one was made up.
Took 10 minutes to get a member of the waiting staff's attention to order drinks. When my friend arrived and we'd decided on food we had to ask for service. Seemed to be more bar staff than Waiting staff.
Felt it was quite slow service but when asked for the bill were presented with it almost immediately. Basically avearage service but quick to take payment

T
London
42 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I met a friend here for dinner just before Christmas. We ate early (5:30pm) and the place was packed out when we arrived. Our food and wine selections were both enjoyable. The service was a little slow (although not excessively) but this was not an issue as it gave my friend and I a good chance to catch up - plus the evening was pretty busy. Overall, an enjoyable night!

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible, we kept having to wait for ages before anyone saw to us, and we waited an hour after our main course, and no one came to see if we wanted desserts or more drinks, and there were no waiting staff anywhere near. In the end we went up to the bar to request our bill and left.
Food was good, but wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

On arrival they didn't have our booking from Opentable. We were seated anyway. We were not given a drinks menu and our waiter pretty much ignored us throughout our meal. For everything - ordering drinks, ordering food, ordering another drink, asking for our bill, I had to call someone's attention. I felt like were an inconvenience. Not great -and certainly not up to the usual Brown's standards.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We visited Browns for a Friends, he lives in Germany, 65th but it wasn't the best experience. Lack of staff, not everything on the menu and overall just a very poor experience. The Waiter actually told us he had only been employed there for a short time but was leaving.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good value "specials" - service was a little slow but staff very apologetic. Our waitress Marion was exceptional - very attentive and helpful. I've been to Browns Old Jewry several times in the last year or so and the whole experience has improved significantly.

r
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but quite noisy for a conversation. Sat upstairs which I thought would be quieter, but there's no difference.

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