The Crusting Pipe

4.1
411 reviews
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  • Cosy
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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SM
London
126 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
126 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AO
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

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

l
Kent
117 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
37 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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

F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The mulled wine is really good!

J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place for lunch in London.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

i
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JI
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

IC
London
36 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Surprisingly for a Davy's wine bar it was rather average , lacking the atmosphere you get elsewhere. Might be that it's a functional tourist venue rather than more of a city locals ?
Staff look knackered so either overworked or short on a Saturday .

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service wasn't great, almost like a lazy approach. When we asked for the list of teas we just got given the 3 usuals and almost pushed to make a choice when we had asked for the list. Otherwise correct but not warm or welcoming. We had afternoon tea, the sandwiches and the cakes were good, the scones weren't fully cooked. We had to ask for extra jam and they provided so little. And they forgot the cheeses that came with the tea, had to ask, wait for them to doublecheck and get them 15 min later.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and service!

M
London
60 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

English restaurant with bar - but don’t serve pints
Food portions small and not cheap
Left feeling hungry

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

We love visiting The Crusting Pipe whenever we are close to Covent Garden. The service and dining are always relaxing and enjoyable.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having booked this for Xmas Eve at 5.30pm we arrived only to be told that the kitchen had closed! Not sure whose fault this was but it was not ours!

E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I only leave bad reviews once in a blue moon, but I haven’t had such a negative dining experience in a while, so here goes: The mulled wine was too sweet, the service was rude and a slow, and the food was sub par (and took forever to come to the table). I shall not be dining here again, nor would I recommend it. My honest review.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

When we arrived they had lost our booking. We were asked to go to the bar while they tried to find a table and then shooed away from the bar by another member of staff. When we got a table and ordered it took four attempts to get some water, then three lots turned up. Our food took an hour and twenty minutes to arrive from our first order and we had to bolt and run to make our show in time. We could see the kitchen staff messing around and looking pretty relaxed while all around us tables were told it was up to an hour and three quarters wait for their food. The food was good but the service was not.

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