Scoff & Banter - Bloomsbury

3.9
288 reviews
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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Virginia Woolf)
At Scoff & Banter, we celebrate hearty and traditional British cuisine, with a contemporary twist.
Lovingly prepared with locally sourced ingredients, discover a home from home with seasonal British cooking and generous helpings.

Scoff & Banter Bloomsbury restaurant is near the British Museum, on Great Russell Street right in the heart of Bloomsbury. The restaurant features cool marble floors and comfortable booth seatings. On the walls specially commissioned artwork gives a modern interpretation of the Dutch masters.
Scoff & Banter Bloomsbury is popular for afternoon tea and being located just 5 minutes from the Dominion Theatre it’s perfect for pre-theatre dinner and post-theatre drinks.

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Lunch & Pre-Theatre menu: 2 course £17 / 3 course £22

Choose 2 or 3 course from a hearty British set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 4 July 2018

Ends: 11 October 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-18:00

What 288 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely, and after 2 courses I was full up in a nice way. Service was good, ambience was ok but it was a quite period.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Our overall experience was good, staff services, ambiance was good. The only thing which was disappointing was that it took to long time for the food to be served

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MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff
Quick service
Beautiful restaurant and very clean
Do add a service charge

Scoff & Banter - Bloomsbury
Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear Martin, Thank you very much for your nice review. Looking forward to see you again soon Regards, Alberto

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DE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Hotel restaurant away from the hustle and bustle. Very quiet when we went. Modern furnishings and not much character. Reasonable selection from set menu and good food and value. Friendly staff.

Scoff & Banter - Bloomsbury
Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear David, Thank you very much for your nice review. Looking forward to see you again soon Regards, Alberto

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J
London
35 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived late due to delayed flight. They provided a meal late at night.great service.food was very good.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice dinning spot!

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NH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

On arrival we were greeted well but there was no mention on the system as to why we were there. We explained we were booked in for afternoon tea and one of us needed a gluten free menu. We were given a complimentary drink as an apology. When the food arrived it lacked inspiration as in the food was just put on a plate with no thought of presentation. Unfortunately the quality and taste was even worse, one can only assume the offerings were dragged out of a freezer and microwaved, my wife had no choice but to send the scones back as she couldn't cut into them without a chisel. We won't be back.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went early to eat as we were going to a show afterwards.The restaurant wasn't busy at all but it was a Monday tea time.The staff were all lovely very friendly and attentive.We were not rushed like in some restaurants and the staff chatted away to us . The food was really nice.It was very tasty and very well presented.
Lovely cocktails too.Our experience was a good one and we would definitely go back to this restaurantand would recommend it too .

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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Starters were rather small and I would have expected more vegetables t be included in the main meal

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SD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere good friendly service and food was excellent

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GW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

50thbirthday treat not! Taken to our table Asked if we wanted water yes we said , charged for a very expensive bottle of water. Sirloin steak ordered I asked does it come with chips? No sir broccoli what the hell do you serve Steak with broccoli , no chips? Chips are extra. Could I have a serving of chips of course they said. What a mistake that was , frozen chips served fried. Wife’s meal was ordered with a side salad which came 15 minutes after the meal. Desert menu was offered 49 minutes after the main meal in which time we were now bored. Service terrible food standard poor and only offered £9.00 service charge .
Over priced food poor service.

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful staff and food. Very reasonably priced, our whole group thought we got superb quality food for the cost. It's a hotel restaurant though so very quiet and minimal atmosphere.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm friendly welcome, attentive staff and the quality of the food was very good. We just had the house wine but it was very tasty and we thought the meal as a whole was good value. We had theatre tickets so had limited time to eat but service was good and this meant we did not have to rush any part of our evening.

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GE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was friendly from start to finish which made my wife and I feel very comfortable. I had red wine and my wife had white both I thought were priced ok given London prices. The food was very nice indeed and I'd recommend the prawn cocktail and their chilli burger with chips.

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TG
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

New Years Eve, so chose the NYE set menu at £50 per head including insipid prosecco. Disappointing and over priced. However, a la carte menu much better, so stick with that. Wine pricey but good. Service very good.

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b
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We turned up on New Year's Eve and ate from the al la carte menu. The waiters were efficient, pleasant and helpful and the restaurant had an unhurried, relaxed ambiance. The crab cake starters were fantastic - freshly cooked and turned up at the table hot. I had the rack of Lamb as the main course and it was cooked classically, could have done with a little more crust for my taste, but the meat was not overcooked at all. Desert of Apple Crumble was the perfect finish to the meal, with a reasonably priced carafe of wine, it was a reasonably priced dinner given the location and quality of the food and service. I'd go back for pre-theatre or an early dinner, or with a family group.

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CN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful evening and great food, rib-eye steak was cooked to perfection

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NO
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pricey for Christmas lunch. Good food, but not anything remarkable. Staff seemed perturbed that we had two children with us. The toddler slept in her stroller through the main course, but they still seemed put out.

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TZ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Very poor for Christmas lunch, no atmosphere, no Christmas music, no decorations other than a few crackers that were put on our table after we had arrived as an afterthought. Food was average at best, very expensive for what it was, all in all I would not go back and would advise others to find another place to eat.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very average food. The starter was diabolical. Forgot to bring out the Christmas crackers until we had finished and were about to leave. Priority was definately given to upselling the order through drinks. A little glass of champagne along with the meal would have been a good gesture, considering it was £75/ head. Defintely a joint owned by Uncle Scrooge. First and last I'm affraid.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed pre theatre meal, service excellent food delicious would highly recommend.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We wanted to enjoy this restaurant however it was ultimately a disappointment. The white wine was warm, we weren't asked what the non-wine drinkers, including the children, wanted and the chicken that was served to my son, although nicely cooked, was not as described on the menu.

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SA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here and again the food and service were both excellent, nice atmosphere too

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OT
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Team Christmas dinner was lovely and enjoyed by all. Very good value for high quality food!

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FP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Everything about the restraunt was fine. The food was good, the service was good. However I made the reservation for dinner with clients that had flown into London. I wanted to feed them some traditional, good British food - in a convivial atmosphere. "Scoff and Banter" sounded perfect.
However the experience didn't align with the brand. The food was good but it was sparce on the plate, the service was very proper, and the restaurant was quiet with "muzak".
It wasn't what I expected from a restraunt named "Scoff and Banter" and so I left disappointed. Maybe rebrand to "Refined and Proper"?

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, excellent service and exquisite food. Great with dietary requirements and allergies. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice décor friendly tasty food.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Really went the extra mile with everything. Good value too. Highly recommend.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were seated on a table next to a loud, rude party, disrupting the whole area, we asked to me moved, were told no, no sorry, no apology, but lots of free tables at that time, we were the only other party there. I'm sure with a bit of re-jigging it would have been possible to move, so we decided to leave.
I booked on a recommendation but have since cancelled all other bookings. Would not recommend at all.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Had a really lovely time. We had a business meeting so we booked a table in the bar first so we could get that out of the way before we ate. The staff were extremely accommodating of our requirements and made it an excellent evening.

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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I had the festive menu and it was just not a good standard. The chicken salad was essentially just a handful of shop brought bag salad leaves with some bacon and chicken thrown in. It was not presented well at all. The turkey dinner...well I can only describe it as being like a school dinner. Processed Turkey, hard sprouts, undercooked parsnips and burnt pig in blanket. The Apple crumble was an apple pie with a non crunchy crumble topping and definitely required more apple. The only redeeming element was the apple and cinnamon martini. The interior and ambience was definitely better suited to afternoon tea than a Christmas night out. I would not recommend nor visit this place again.

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

I have emailed a list of my complaints but, believe it or not, no response at all!

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I
London
32 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location and ambience is really excellent here for a small get together.
However, the food, although nice, was not hot which was a bit disappointing and made it a bit expensive in the circumstances.
Apart from that however I would highly recommend.

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R
London
38 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Without realising myself and the people that I dined with had been here years before and were pleased we had returned. Our party only catch up once a year so it was nice to be able to have a place to go at this time of year quiet enough to have a good catch up. We will no doubt return.

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location. Menu all classics beautifully cooked and presented. Very good value too.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not impressed or unimpressed really, pretty much just bar food but pricey! Egg was not cooked fully with a yucky clear gel on top & crunchy edge, chips hard tasted reheated. Staff very attentive & food arrived quickly just very average nothing special :-( watch out for the £5 water charge they offer it as soon as you sit (it’s not complimentary!)

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DM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, not the biggest menu but a nice selection.
The staff was all very friendly and helpful.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Things did not start well as the first waiter clearly could not find our booking and did not expect us. While the food was tasty and nicely presented, it came long overdue. The service was extremely slow in spite of the number of waiters (especially compared to the number of customers) and we stayed nearly 3 hours. We never received an apology until we openly complained. I would not recommend, especially if your time is limited.

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening catching up with friends, delicious food as always.

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