The Lady Ottoline

4.4
56 reviews
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Casual
The Lady Ottoline pub and dining room is a beautiful slice of Bloomsbury history and culture, located a stone's throw from the Grays Inn Road.

On the ground floor of the Dickensian style building, drinks are available from the dark wood bar and food from the banquette-lined tables, perfect for quick business lunches and home-comfort cosy dinners next to the open fire.
Upstairs, guests are treated to an elegant, more formal atmosphere in the dining room, ideal for romantic, candle-lit dinners and social suppers. Tucked away across the hall is a snug private dining room, The Morrell Room, which caters to special occasions, family get-togethers and intimate gatherings alike, seating up to 14 people round a large wooden table.

Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday and serving roasts for Sunday lunch.
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Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful meal in the dining room.

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LP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and wine, great service and a generally lovely time all round. Would heartily recommend.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The lady Ottoline is a lovely pub, especially for a Sunday Roast! However, the roast beef was very fatty which was disappointing for the money it cost.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot. Always ask about the pie of the day. They also make a *great* burger but be ready for a messy meal! The fish and chips are great too.

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DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is good and staff is kind and professional. Very appreciated the complimentary ice cream to close the dinner.

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is well judged, interesting and reasonably priced. The food was delicious, and the setting is lovely. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you!

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MI
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was friendly and professional. Food is great from starter to dessert

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s
London
99 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quirky gastropub with charming staff and good food.

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WS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old Bloomsbury pub, great food and friendly staff.

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JJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always terrific and 'on trend' without being a slave to fashion. Nice room and, as always, attentive and friendly service. A short but well-chosen wine list.

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food in a cosy ambiance.

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LO
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice but nothing out of the ordinary. Good corner and pleasant interior and atmosphere, attentive service but not overly friendly, the food is hugely varied but nice

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious supper, once again, at the lovely Lady Ottoline.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a day of reservation on my last night in London, and I’m glad I did. The place was friendly, inviting and with a lot to offer in the way of food and drinks. The appetizer and dinner I had were wonderful! Also the place is understated but beautiful.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good-to-excellent gastropub food, the Lady Ottoline is a surprising find in a quiet area of Bloomsbury

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very gay experience at The Lady Ottoline, highly recommended

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Only one vegan/veggie option on the menu, which is a no-no in London these days. I'd go back.

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BD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of beers, friendly staff, cosy dining room. Food very tasty, promptly served and great value.

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a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Sunday lunch menu as always, which clearly exemplifies attention to taste as well as presentation.

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was good service and cosy atmosphere but we didn't love the food. It was ok but in similar pubs you can get better food at same price.

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little gem of a pub - slightly off the beaten track, great food, beer and service!

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic find, eldest son works nearby so we'll be back. We had a superb lunch, the food is absolutely brilliant.

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k
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly and relaxed pub atmosphere - limited choice, but the food they do is very good indeed. I much prefer it that way round!

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for a business lunch/meeting and the food was really nice and at a good affordable price which made a very pleasant change. There were enough choices to keep everyone happy.

Was fairly noisy but to be expected for the time that we were there but the staff and service was really good.

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SC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub for a Sunday lunch. The mains were between £14 to £18 and were a good size and tasty. Dessert options weren’t particularly exciting and the brownie we shared wasn’t the best.

Loved the dining room and ambience, very chilled and relaxed. Service was very good. Good selection of wines , standard London prices.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Two big groups
One in a separate room, the other nearby in the restaurant part
The focus was on the big group
So our table of two was a bit forgotten
Sorry from the waitress was oké, but mayby a glass of wine or a coffee from the house would have been very nice and friendly

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OW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

an excellent diner in this great gastro pub, great value for money

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JS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Sunday lunch and a very accommodating waiter - when we told him we had to be at the station within a hour and a half he did not dawdle and ensured that our meal came quickly - he was very charming and efficient.

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RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly, top service. Highly recommend the Fish and Chips for lunch

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J
London
33 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great gastropub serving good quality food in central london, which is actually rarer than you'd think. The Lady Ottoline is well lit, decor elegant without being too overwhelming but far superior to your chain pubs. The service was great as well, every waiter and staff member knew their beer and wine list well, what was on the menu - there was no need to 'ask a manager' and it made speaking with waiters and waitresses easy.

The food itself is what you'd expect for a gastropub, good quality ingredients making good quality dishes. The presentation was nice and considering the location, the prices are not bad. The charm of the Lady Ottoline is that you get the best of two potential worlds - food fit for foodies but you can stay and enjoy a few beers/wines/drinks because after all it is a pub. It's a great place to catch up with friends, take out of towners (the scotch eggs are a REAL highlight), and generally for a nice meal.

There are no downsides to the Lady Ottoline, so if it's convenient for you, it will be one of your staples.

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V
London
63 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Glad that the Lady Ottoline has re-opened. The food was as good as ever. I loved my softshell crab starter.

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RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, highly recommended. We selected mix of the good value set lunch and a la carte in the comfortable upstairs dining room with reminders of Lady Otteline Morrell on the wall. Service was excellent.

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MF
London
34 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday lunch - very hard to criticise if you want great food, a good sensible wine list and excellent service in a well preserved historic building.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service - best dining experience I've had in London in years!

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CP
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant meal with friends. Pretty quite as a Saturday afternoon. Fairly limited menu but as long as there is something for you on there, who cares. good service, good food and excellent beers.

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HP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful gastropub with excellent service and great food

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, great ambience and decor, friendly staff and delicious food and cocktails

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Berlin
53 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nicely refurbished Bloomsbury pub in a quiet street with impressive gin collection. Friendly, helpful staff but we found the food disappointing - fish and chips with thick, flabby batter, over-vinegary tartare and under-cooked chips. A strange pastry disc topped with grilled aubergine and cheese might have made a credible starter, but not a £15 main course.

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D
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Come here once a quarter. Nice spot. Very hot in the summer but great in the winter

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PB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My fried Calamari with fresh chilli starter was Very over cooked making it tough to eat but the Linguine to follow was tasty. My friend's hot Pork Belly was good but oddly placed on top of cold salad ... The Rose wine was delicious. I'm fond of the Lady Otterline and the staff, and will of course return there as every restaurant has the occasional hiccough ! ...

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