The Crusting Pipe

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The Crusting Pipe is one of Covent Gardens most original finds just minutes away from Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations. The vaulted interior of the dining rooms and bar there are numerous semi private rooms which make perfect areas for dinners, meetings and events. Delicious, fresh and seasonal food is served all day from breakfast to a-la-carte meals, simple bar snacks, tasty sandwiches and afternoon tea. Our wine list offers an extensive range of wines from Davy’s wine merchants, many of which are available by the glass.

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Treat your mum this Mother's Day

Join us at The Crusting Pipe in Covent Garden for a traditional Sunday roast or Afternoon Tea this Mother's Day and we will offer every mum a complimentary glass of Davy's Célébration Champagne.

Sunday, 22 March, 2020

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S
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience - only slight negative was that the deserts were not great. The panacotta was gritty and not as smooth as it should be and the cheeseboard had rather ‘dead’ grapes. Otherwise excellent - the steaks were fabulous and service very good indeed

PR
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We ordered no starter but instead had bread and olives. We hadn’t finished these before the main course was at our table. It was too soon and there was no suggestion that the service had been a little ‘previous’. There also felt a sense in which we were being rushed even though there was no real need. Once the main course was finished however, the early rush waned and it was much more relaxed. A little expensive for the food but overall a pleasurable experience. Would go again but in the summer when the live entertainment would be more readily heard from inside.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

When we arrived the maitre d escorted us to a tiny table in an alcove where there was already a largish group of ladies. We were squashed up against their table and the wall so we asked to move to another table. There were numerous tables available so why we had been put there makes no sense. The table we moved to was right outside a private room with a glass door where a group of men were having their Christmas work do. One man was very drunk and kept coming in and out of the room, wandering around the restaurant and bothering other diners. The staff didn’t do anything about it. My partner went to the bathroom and the drunk man had been sick everywhere which kind of ruined his appetite!
The restaurant itself is nice and cosy, the food was tasty if a bit limited. The wine list is very extensive.
However because of the attitude of the staff we probably wouldn’t go back again.

IS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have been to Crusting Pipe on our Christmas day out for the last 10 years or so. Despite booking and confirming the day before we were not expected. Initially we were offered a table by the bar which was tiny but after complaining we were found a table in the restaurant section. It was not a great start however happily resolved fairly quickly. It took a while to get someone's attention to order drinks and when the food came it was a little disappointing. Veg was overcooked, filet steak was good quality but was absolutely charcoal on one side. All in all disappointing and not up to the usual standards.

LD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely lunch here - the food was good and the service quick, would recommend for a good quality central London meal, without breaking the bank. Will certainly be bringing the family back

Breakfast menu looked great too

JT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

An interesting venue with lots of little alcoves. The food was good and was not overpriced. Only one small criticism is that service was rather slow. That being said, I would go there again.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm welcome and good choices across the menus. Quick service but not rushed.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great catch up with family ! Great atmosphere . Thank you ;)

SM
London
136 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A most pleasant place to be during a very warm evening in Covent Garden. I had a table next to the windows over the sunken courtyard below the old market buildings. I enjoyed the scallop & prawn thermidor again, and the 2013 Lagrange half bottle with the steak. Shirley my waitress was upbeat & efficient ... sorry you had to come in on your day off Shirley but I was glad for myself! Oh and I should mention the "Portonic" (white port + tonic) apertif, again splendid on a hot day. It's Covent Garden so not cheap, but you could easily spend more for the quality of food & wine.

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service could have been better, the waiter never came back to ask if we needed anything, we had to catch his attention. Pricy for what it was.

ND
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly service. The ’Private Room’ tables are perfect for quiet encounters but sitting outside can be very noisy. A fascinating environment in all respects with musicians and buskers.

SM
London
136 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I know some of Davy's other wine bar restaurants well but this was the first time I've dined at The Crusting Pipe. Thoroughly enjoyed the scallop & prawn Thermidor - the selection of starters seem to differ more between branches than with the mains - the steak was very good too, and I think offering Dauphinoise potatoes instead of chips is a great idea. Half bottle of Chateau Lagrange Saint-Julien 2013 was decently aged, and not too expensive. The seating ranges from tables & booths tucked away deep in this basement restaurant, to tables by the windows into the sunken courtyard beneath the old Covent Garden building. I had one of those tables, and it was pleasant to watch the summer skylight through the glass canopy a couple of stories above me. I shall return, especially for the option to have the Dauphinoise potatoes with the steak. In other respects, this is just like most other Davy's traditional format places: reliably enjoyable food and a wine list to satisfy the wine afficionados.

p
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for a light lunch or a 3 course meal.
Set in the heart of Covent Garden with entertainment if you want it and quiet areas if you don't.
The staff were friendly the food was very good and we will return.

JD
Yorkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and location. Good service and food and a really good wine list

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent ample food portions. I had the vegetarian pie with chicory which was delicious. We had mini desserts plus coffee option. which is a never idea we sat inside in a wood panel led alcove 5 of us so it was almost like private dining. Will definitely be booking again. If you want to sit outside you can dine and listen to classical musicians at the same time. We didn't do this this time.

EA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is very much a tourist focused restaurant. It is convenient for the Royal Opera and the Lyceum (why we chose it), and the entertainment was diverting for the kids. However it's busy, noisy and impersonal, and whilst the food is ok, it's nothing special. Ok for pre-theatre but that's it.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice dinner here - scallops to start and steak for main. All cooked perfectly.

AO
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Ordered olives and bread, olives were nice but bread was normal sliced! Not what we expected. Wine, Beer music we’re excellent

l
Kent
118 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A decent spot in Covent Garden. Had a good lunch, good wine list. Cosy as well as lots of nooks and crannies to hide in

VW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food, but slow service. Waiting staff friendly but order wasn't put through correctly and had to come back to table to check around 15 min after ordering.

GO
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

While the food and ambience were good the table service was a little wanting. Attention by the staff was somwhat spamodic but always polite.

To be able to purchase house wine by the carafe would be a more economic way to purchase one's drink whether it be demi litre or a full litre. To buy one's wine by the glass is expensive.

VL
New England
41 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Slower service. Food was good but not great. Extensive wine menu.

F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Arrived for our booked slot, unfortunately the booking hadn’t been recorded even though booked through open table, luckily they could fit us in. Food was good, service very good and we had a pleasant lunch

PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was iffy to say the least. Yes we were in an alcove but I had to keep getting up to find the waitress. Tagliatelle for the ladies in the party was apparently very good. My steak and kidney pie was dry no gravy in it and the meat was grey. Dissappointing. Overall did not feel as if I had received value for money.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The mulled wine is really good!

J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place for lunch in London.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What an amazing find so glad my freind recommended it, we had a fab time. Staff very freindly and helpful, food was very good and great choice.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time made special by waiting staff. Would highly recommend.

i
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location in Covent Garden. Live music to entertain you while enjoying an afternoon tea, which was lovely, presented on a 3 tier cake stand- including sandwiches, smoked salmon, filled brioche buns, warm savoury muffins, scones with clotted cream and jam, Battenburg cake, sticky toffee cake and fudge brownie. More than enough for 2 hungry adults! A selection of teas and coffee were available to choose and we upgraded to the Champagne afternoon tea for an additional £6. At a total of £34.00 each was far better value as other similar options such as the Shard and Claridges etc

WH
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

16/9/18 Plentiful Sunday Lunch...very nice ambience and great service; even had a lively discussion over the New Zealand wine we'd chosen as we were with our New Zealand family over for a holiday.
Only downside was the Roast Beef - which was a bit overdone and chewy!

AC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to your restaurant to celebrate my parents 55 wedding anniversary. They had never been to Covent Garden so I brought them here as my husband and I have been many times. They had a wonderful time. Great food , service and entertainment thank you

SD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food very nice, just a light afternoon early tea. Sharing player was excellent, as was surroundings. We had a inside table at French doors so nice bit fresh air away from Covent humdrum but enough to listen to opera and musicians outside.
Service was ok but waitress a little Sturn faces but minor comment really

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. Everyone was highly impressed.

JI
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good dining experience met with a group of college friends. Had our own private area so it was easy to chat and laugh together. Food was good and despite a mix up with the order it all went very well.

CM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This was our first dinner in London (we are from US). They didn’t have record of our OpenTable reservation (it’s pen and paper). Servers didn’t come around for at least 20 mins, never got the water we asked for and food took over an hour to reach the table. We had to go out and seen a server to refill our empty wine glasses and get the check. We’ve so far rated every other reservation here in London positively but this one was pretty bad.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant time with fantastic entertainment, sat outside and loved the atmosphere.

BB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cool place. We sat in a coal room which was awesome. Nice staff

JB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were able, by sitting in seats by the open windows, to enjoy the buzz of Covent Garden and the different musicians whilst still being quiet enough to chat. Helpful service good food. Inner rooms allow privacy for groups if wanted.

J
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Conveniently reserved table for our family celebration
Good food
Outstanding wine selection - with the best Rioja Alta we have ever enjoyed !
Covered outside safe from the elements
Ambience enhanced by very talented buskers

j
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with my sister pre theatre but would have prfered more of a choice for the pre theatre soecials