Great Court Restaurant

3.7
1130 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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The Great Court Restaurant at the British Museum offers casual contemporary dining at the heart of one of the country's most respected institutions.

The restaurant's menu changes regularly to make the best of seasonal produce.
And with exhibition accompanying menus this makes for a great treat. In this case we have the South African exhibition with an accompanying South African themed set menu
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 10am - 17.30pm
Fridays 10am - 20.30pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 17.30pm

Lunch served daily 11.30am - 15.00pm
Afternoon Tea served daily 15.00pm - 17.00pm
Dinner served on Fridays only until 8.00pm
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Phone number
020 7323 8990
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Yuriy Zatsarnyy
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Tottenham Court Road (500m)
Holborn (500m)
Russell Square (800m)
Goodge Street (800m)
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DQ
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

A disaster, having confirmed the booking I assumed that was all I needed to do, and did not have the Groupon Voucher with me. We therefore had to pay again. You need a warning on your Open Table form to say that payment has not been made and that any vouchers etc must be presented on the day

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had this afternoon tea with prosecco bought as a Christmas gift. Thoroughly enjoyed it and even managed to take in some of the exhibitions while we were there.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Lovely atmosphere, good service, very nice food. Will definitely come again

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TD
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an afternoon tea and was really impressed. Food was great and staff were very helpful and smart in appearance. No complaints whatsoever.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Due to the very poor reviews about recent dining experiences we decided to cancel our booking and went to an alternative restaurant

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DS
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

They had no record of my booking but we did not have to wait for a table for long.
Unimaginative menu, poor presentation and expensive.
Used to be good in the past.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have been here before was here this time for my wifes birthday , they bought a additional cake with happy birthday in icing on the plate which i thought was very nice of them , staff always pleasent and the place is well kept and clean

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J
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a beautiful setting. Every aspect shows care and attention to detail.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very welcoming despite our being 15 minutes late.
Lovely food , much appreciated by my guest whouse had not been here before.
It was my fourth visit and I was very pleased with my meal as I was on the previous occasions.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I attended at 14.30 on Wednesday 21/02/18 with a business associate.

Pro's:
I had the grilled chicken Ceasar salad which was a good size and delicious. Lovely dressing. I asked for a glass of water and a caraf was delivered.
My associate had a cake and a coffee which she enjoyed.

Cons:
My associate had a baby with her and there was no high chair offered, so she had to hold the baby herself for the entire lunch (90 min) session.
It took 20 mins(!) for a waiter to visit our table for the 1st time and take a drinks order.
We finished our meal and needed further drinks and sat for 45 mins (no exaggeration!) trying to get someones attention.

I then stood up and went to the bar to pay as it was clear that there was no point in spending any more time there.

When I asked the waiter for a VAT receipt - he had no idea what I was asking for. I had to call one his colleagues over, who then had to explain it.

Sort your service out. The good salad is not enough to warrant a 2nd visit with this shockingly bad service!

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T
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A very unimaginative menu. Lamb stew, fish and chips, hamburger. All things a moderate cook can prepare at home. Certainly not ‘creative cuisine’.

A tasty shrimp starter but not a classic Potted Shrimp. This was explained, but why not call it what it is? Shrimp with onions and herbs.

I chose fish and chips. Fish good, chips good, baked on plate one dollop of pea purée, not good.

Partner had ‘grey’ duck. Uninspiring.

Come on. Look through some cook books. People won’t mind paying the money if it’s imaginative, well cooked and served hot.

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KP
London
39 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Whenever we are spending the whole day at the British museum, then this is the place we choose to dine at.

It saves time (leave and re-enter and cross security checkpoints)

If you reserve, you get a table at your appointed time, no waiting for a table like the members room or the cafe downstairs.

Its very clean and they serve actual freshly prepared hot meals here. Not just soup / sandwich / coffee / cake.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was given as a birthday gift. Absolutely loved it with the fiancé. Fantastic, elegant service, attentive waiters and food was superb! Great portions too! No rush eating in an incredible space! I even got a special birthday cake from the restaurant at the end! Amazing amazing amazing!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Convenient for the museum.
Rather shambolic and slow service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in London for the weekend and chose to book an exhibition in the British Museum followed by lunch. We were efficiently taken to our table - glad to sit down! Waitress checked whether my choice WAS gluten-free. We should have asked about the need for a side order but our chips arrived promptly before our mains cooled and the meal was enjoyable. Good value and interesting wines by the glass. Second time we have used the restaurant and would do so again if visiting London and the excellent Museum.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The venue (in the museum) is of course unique. My wife and I were meeting a friend that we hadn't seen for 10 years. The waiting staff were perfect leaving us to chat well beyond the desert. The food was very good and reasonably priced.

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to the Court many times and have never had a bad meal. The food is good and the staff very polite and attentive. Booked this time on a Groupon offer and food was reliable and good as always. I would, and do, recommend this restaurant highly.

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JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Rather typically, we were given our table and menus and then ignored, to the extent that we had to go up to the bar and order our own drinks. When the restaurant first opens, it seems that the staff are too busy to attend to customers. Thereafter, however, the experience improved immensely; we had excellent duck leg and chicken salad with decent wine from a limited list. The main drawbacks are the difficulty of heating the restaurant adequately in this roof space and the appalling noise of endless school groups gathering within feet of the tables.

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Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place to meet in London.Book for lunch. Inexperiencef staff with poor English made service slow, otherwise great.

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BE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Court is for special occasions. The food is (at the moment) delicious, and everything is well arranged and peaceful after the sometimes hectic life in other parts of the British Museum. It is a little dear for every day dining, but meeting out of town friends, or in this case a friend who has flown in from the USA, just the place. You can go and see some amazing exhibits, or talk, or do both. I have always enjoyed the restaurant, although the food in the past has been variable. Just right, however, for this early February meal on a very cold day.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service and surroundings. Might have enjoyed a little more savoury and less sweet.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The meal was decent. Whilst the area as a whole is stunning the restaurant feels a bit cavernous. It was quite quiet which might have added to that feeling.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice food and great service - we before seeing a show and were very happy with our whole experience.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had a voucher for 3 course meal with bubbles for two people. When I booked (via online opentable service) there was no mention of strict afternoon tea policy - the waitress looked dreadfully unhappy that I did not know this and made me feel as if I'd completely inconvenienced her. Instead we had the afternoon tea - no explanation about the fillings, the bread or the cakes. Just cold scones abandoned on our table with a slug of cream.

Now, should we have had what the voucher entitled us to it would have come to approx £70 whereas the afternoon tea total was £51. Great profit margin for them; not us. Used this to treat my sister on her 21st birthday. Not 'appy bunnies.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant way to spend an hour after walking around the exhibits

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were served straight away and with a smile. The food was amazing and very filling - we had to take some away with us.

The only negative comment I would make is, even though I had made them aware it was my husband's birthday, they never did anything extra (as advised they would on the phone).

Overall, though, we had a lovely afternoon tea and we would highly recommend it.

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IP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting up near the top of the Great Court of the British Museum.
Nice food- not exceptional

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DB
Gloucestershire
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Amazing location - in the British Museum. But... no cloakroom. We had coats hats and bags. Nowhere to put them except at your table. And the comfortable chairs had rounded backs, so coats hung on chair backs ended up on floor!
Tables close together, so it got noisy - we were there for lunch at 12:45. Charming waitress from Salamanca, but.... had to wait too long for main course, and when it came one of the dishes was wrong! Overall, disappointing.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very polite and helpful, and even though we stayed over the time that we were meant to leave they did not rush us out of the door, would highly recommend the Great Court Restaurant to family, friends and colleagues as it was a great experience

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice location and ambiance within the British Musem. I guess you would call it trendy. Somewhat expensive for the modest food portions served..
Surprised at the poor condition of the loos on the floor below. The Gents toilet bowls could do with a thorough clean...!!

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a date and the overall experience was relaxing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect, but they were four mices playing on the floor not far from our table, a bit amazing...

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever the service was excellent and a January menu of lighter fare was very attractive. I went for the avocado and grilled sweet potato salad. One of the most delicious salads I’ve had in a long time. My guest was vegan - had a “bubble ‘n squeak”. Also delicious. No vegan desserts.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice to sit at a proper restaurant and be served well prepared food. all three of us had salad which is plentiful and tasty. The waitress was pleasant too.

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v
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We brought family, and it was nice to relax after seeing one exhibition and before going on to more galleries. The food, however, left something to be desired. Only the beef pie and greens lived up to expectations. the fish dish was ill-judged (lemon yogurt far too sweet) and served with watercress that had gone yellow. It was replaced on request, but even the new batch was not very fresh. Buckwheat pancakes were heavy, dull and too sweet and horseradish cream lacked flavour. Service quite slow even though restaurant not full.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food- the fish was perfectly cooked

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The 'themed' options were rather stodgy, but the service and ambience lovely.

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B
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good lunch. We were in a bit of a hurry because of a timed entry to follow so the speed of service was important, & the service was good. I wish that we had had time for a first course too as they looked very tempting on the menu. The main courses offered a good choice & they were substantial, for instance, a good portion of pulled chicken on my salad.

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RF
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed. The greeting was not brilliant. The table choice - although we had pre-booked was outside the main central seating. No dedicated server for our table, which meant
either waiting or having to get attention. Food cold plated and not abundant. The overall cost not good value for money. With such an interesting setting, the restaurant needs a more caring attitude towards customers, a broader based menu and an improvement in table service.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a calm refuge from the crowds below. Very helpful staff and good food

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