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The Crusting Pipe, London,

The Crusting Pipe

4.1
4.1
364 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Crusting Pipe sits in a plum position at the heart of London famous Covent Garden Market and just minutes away from Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden and Leicester Square Underground stations.

Customers seated in the outdoor terrace can often enjoy impromptu performances from local musicians and actors. Inside the vaulted interior of the dining rooms and bar there are numerous nooks, crannies and 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 traditional afternoon tea. The 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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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Breakfast, Winery
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 12:00–22:00 Tue 11:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 09:00–23:00 Sun 10:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    020 7836 1415
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

364 Reviews
  1. AnneD

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place to eat. Already recommended to family and friends. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

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  2. pjea3

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places.. listen to the opera singers outside and enjoy the intimacy of this cozy restaurant. Our waiter was personable and professional. Delicious food too!

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  3. DavidC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue and one of a number of visits. It is always as good as the last and that is always good.

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  4. johns

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and drink, very pleasant atmosphere, served quickly and professionally, and of course the entertainment was top notch, every time we come to London we visit, thanks see you again

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked for my mums birthday we where sitting for 50 min waiting on our food and when the food finally arrived there was no apology or anything its so unfortunate as the location and atmosphere is amazing just a shame about the service

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  6. Jude

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our Christmas dinner, lovely listening the singing and music outside in the square

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  7. IandS

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant is very cold. We didn’t go there in the really cold spell but it was still too cold. Staff really not that interested. Kept propping the outside door open to assist them. Food was ok. No alternative to Xmas menu. Will not be returning.

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  8. MargaretC

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Christmas atmosphere in the restaurant with excellent and cheerful staff.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    uncomplicated! super satisfying

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  10. LorraineK

    Lancashire

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had this afternoon tea on a Thursday, it wasn't particularly busy, however , I waited over half an hour. The sandwiches were ok, the filling was better than the bread they were on which tasted dry as if it had been sat for quite a while. There was one scone with no fruit which had been toasted and was stone cold, so not toasted before the food came out - maybe it was to cover up it was also stale. The cakes also lacked imagination, 2 pieces of dry toffee cake and 2 chocolate brownies, which were probably the best thing on offer. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying this afternoon tea, my bill was just over £40 & I was left feeling more ripped off than having had a treat. Sadly I think they are living off the location and not the quality of the food and there are far too many nice restaurants in London for me to choose to visit this one again

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  11. BarbaraB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had 3 shared platters between 8 of us and it was ample. The waitress was extremely helpful. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and loved the music.

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  12. DonnaB

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    service great, great food, ambience great, a favourite place where we had not been for a while and I cannot fault it! Will return

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  13. TriciaC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice sitting outside but this time the volume of the music entertainment was pretty loud!

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  14. Jay1969

    Gloucestershire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gorgeous food. Simple food cooked and served elegantly

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  15. TaraW

    Cumbria

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and price point good. Good location but probably better to be outside to truly enjoy entertainment. Waiting staff/service atrocious. Possibly poor training. When asked what coffees they do, responded with “the usual”! People at next table had a dietary requirement due to a medical condition (cancer recovery) and the waitress showed no desire to understand or empathise or help and just said “I’ll give you 5 more minutes” this incensed me and so I tried to help them to choose from the menu. We didn’t pay all the service charge because of the above and when she challenged it, we said we are not paying that as the service has been atrocious. Her response was to roll her eyes. We were greeted on the way out by someone else and asked if we wanted to speak to the manager. Didn’t feel there was much point at that stage as the experience was already spoilt and we won’t go back.

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  16. GrahamB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The booking was smooth, the restaurant and service were good, live music too, I would definitely go again. There there were too many follow up emails afterwards from OpenTable.

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  17. billiejeanbazell

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst food ever. Bland, very basic and overpriced. Wine was nice tho! Service not the best, wouldn’t go again.

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  18. AnnabelG

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    All three of us had a great time, the food was really tasty and well cooked. I had the veg sausages and the others the Lincolnshire ones and a stake. We all went ‘mmm’ upon our first bites. There was also a heater by us which was fab and we could adjust it. The Prosecco was gorgeous too, we will definitely be returning as this is such a great spot for a pre theatre supper.

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  19. piglet

    London

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Fascinating old pub with character. Had an early evening dinner Soup was cold

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  20. Phil

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience. Great restaurant with live buskers nearby. Service was excellent

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  21. MickeyG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food from a well thought out limited menu with choices for meat, fish and Veggie/vegan options. The wine was good and at a reasonable price. Two people, two courses, bottle of wine, £95 all in is pretty good value to me.

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  22. CatherineP

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great food, would definitely go back again

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Relaxed and calm

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a great place. The ambience is warm, service attentive and efficient. We had a slight issue with one of our dishes but our server and management were very responsive and helpful. Great stuff! We’ll be back again.

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  25. JenU

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked a table and when we arrived they didn't have us on the list. Found us a table but it was in a seperate room so a bit 'out the way' . Food and service was good.

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  26. ErinL

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely atmosphere. Great service. Attentive staff. Seafood pasta was great, however sweet potato salad wa slack luster. ood past

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  27. No1lady

    London

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening but a little bit cold. Lovely food - I had the beef roast and it was delicious plus came with lots of vegetables. We went with some visitors and they really liked the music in the outside area. Great experience and meal. Service could have been a little better but otherwise I would recommend.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food. Quirky setting. Reasonable service. All good.

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  29. StewartO

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hi. The young lady who served us was based at Skinker's a while back and was excellent there and is still spot on - she is always cheerful and polite The only criticism, is the need to have the door open, because obviously, they want to appear open and welcoming - unfortunately, that meant on the day we went it was a bit 'cool' in there Definitely will be back and soon

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  30. LesC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal with great service! Highly recommended!

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  31. ChristieT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I must say my group of friends and I were massively disappointed! The location of the place seems to be the positive side but everything else seems problematic. The staff were not attentive, seemed almost indifferent and with poor communication skills. We were waiting for 5-6 minutes for someone to show up at door so we can go to our reserved table. It took them another 20 minutes to take our order after multiple attempts calling them. And the place was not even busy. Eventually the order came back wrong almost for everyone and food /coffee were of poor quality especially for the price we paid. Overall I would only suggest it for its location and only. Otherwise, waste of money!

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  32. JennieB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my husband for his birthday and everything was perfect. The food was delicious, the service impeccable. We had a table by the window, which was lovely watching the performers. Will definitely be going back. Thank you.

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  33. JeanT

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved every minute if it. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was superb. We were seated as requested in the courtyard and enjoyed live music and song. The atmosphere was magic. An extra thankyou to our fabulous waiter who was so friendly and helpful. We were only in London for the day, celebrating our re-union after many months apart. It was fabulous. X We will definitely be back.

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  34. JennyT

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty veggie salad. Friendly helpful staff and able to sit outside, which was our preference. Great value especially given the location.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Don’t bother trying order via the app, it crashes and is very frustrating - try to find a scarce waiter instead

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  36. LaurenB

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely food and great service even on a busy day

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  37. AdrianL

    London

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The app used to order is not the most user friendly and I accidentally ordered two of one item as it was not clear I had put one in the basket. I missed this when I confirmed the basket and did realise until the two turned up. The wine bar offered to refund this but it would involve filling in forms to go to head office and we didn’t have the time to complete these. You also have to order and pay for drinks and (possibly) each course separately which is inconvenient and time consuming. Service was incredibly slow. We finally got our main course 70 mins after arrival after chasing it. There is a very limited menu compared to pre covid and had less available than that shown on their website. Our starter of smoked salmon was very generous except just crouton was insufficient to go with the generous helping of salmon. The roasts were also very generous and we couldn’t finish all the veg however the meat was over cooked.

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  38. LizG

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Arrived a little early for dinner prior to going to the theatre. We were shown to our table and advised to use the QR code to order via our phones, fine if you have a phone with you! Eventually given the menu and we were utterly shocked at how dire this was. Having eaten here several times over the years we thought this was a safe bet; how wrong one can be. We left without ordering and will definitely not be returning.

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  39. Hard2Please

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    3 of us were seated for lunch. Bit of a faff ordering using their online service, connectivity dipped in and out. Very noisy down there. I resented the level of service charge considering we ordered the food ourselves, they literally only delivered it to our table. I would have collected it myself to save the £15. Food adequate. One of us ordered a steak medium, it arrived well-done. The linguine was bland. None of us were inspired by the dessert menu. Probably won't rush back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Everything and overall terrible

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Crusting Pipe is rated 4.1 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Crusting Pipe

27 The Market, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RD

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 12:00–22:00 Tue 11:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 09:00–23:00 Sun 10:00–21:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Breakfast, Winery
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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