The Dairy Bar & Bistro

4.5
1017 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Modern British bistro.
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CE
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, especially the crispy potatoes. The service was a bit off and the door was repeatedly left open making it cold for diners inside.

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DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good and attentive. Food was good but not exceptional. Wine was great but overpriced.

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

My favourite restaurant - great wine and food, would highly recommend!

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good food, but not worth the price. We were not explained the menu and ordered only ‘mains’ and then were advised that the meals were very small and we should order at least one more starter and 2 more sides each. Decided to add starters only as we were unsure and the waiter was condescending. 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 cocktails for £70. Nicely presented, tasted average.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant restaurant with a good atmosphere. Overall the food was good although one guest had to send their brunch plate back to be reheated.

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

Superb food, great service. Quite pricey given the casual nature of the place.

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and staff, nice atmosphere and good value

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Although, the service was a bit hectic and slow the food was exceptionally good. Well executed dishes presented in a professional manner. The only thing I will say about food, is that the individual dishes were very good but a set Sunday menu as a whole thing was a bit of balance, too rich, to heavy, will be nice to have some lighter dish in between or at least light fruity dessert at the end, perhaps with some acidic sorbet to cut all of the fatty food.
Will definitely be back to this unique restaurant.

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O
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Sunday lunch here. The fixed menu was great value for money and the food was faultless. The staff were very friendly and entertained our 9 month old baby.

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l
London
183 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've just returned from another excellent evening at The Dairy. The place was buzzing all evening. We were given a warm welcome from the front of staff team, and were offered one of the nice tables with a great view of the open kitchen. The food is fresh, vegetables grown on-site, and the menu varied and flavoursome. Special thanks to Mike and Wesley looking after us, and to Ben and his team in the kitchen. Brilliant.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Need to do something about the door that everyone leaves open as they come in/leave. Service a bit slow; food before cutlery but great food.

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M
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Set lunch is great value. Delicious and inventive menu. Will be back!

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LD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food as always. Great value in the tasting menu

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We love the dairy but sadly they are having some issues regarding communication. We arrived at 12.30 and were told we could only have brunch as lunch starts at 1, this happened to 2 other tables whilst we were there so it’s obviously a common issue.
This was eventually resolved but we had to move tables to bar seating to have lunch.

Service was manic to begin but settled down after a while. We’ll go back but sadly it was a pretty stressful meal and enjoyment was spoilt. We were going to go for the tasting menu but we’re glad we just opted for lunch.

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B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice evening there for my wife’s birthday. Friendly and knowledgeable team, great ambience and nice food. Some exceptional and innovative dishes. Only downside really was that they started cleaning up around us, speeding things up and doing paperwork at the tables a bit prematurely. To be fair it was a Tuesday but 10pm seemed pretty soon to be shutting up shop.

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SZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat in London (at least the best I have found). Outstanding food and great service - what else can you ask for??? I have been there several times and it delivers every single time! Can't wait to come back!

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice informal room and great, locally sourced seasonal cooking. Had the 4 course lunch menu, plenty of highlights but the venison was especially good

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LW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, really great food and excellent service. We had the tasting menu, which was good, although a too much/too rich for me. All the food was great though.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! 4th visit. Outstanding food and lovely service.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They pack the tables in here but the very creative food is excellent, the service swift and on the whole this makes for a very good evening. Expensive? Yes well up to West End but better than most in that part of town.My only criticism would be a surprisingly poor wine list with very little choice and not a pinot noir to be seen!

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

Great food and service in lovely surroundings

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CD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is really nice, with different options ao suitable for different tastes and nicely presented. Quality of ingredients is great and have to highlight their bread! Wine list is good but quite small. Service is ok but it can be improved. They took away my empty glass of wine and didn’t ask if I wanted another one?! Is quiet and cozy, would be back!

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EE
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the set menu.
Good food, reasonably priced and very helpful/friendly staff. Would definitely recommend and will go back

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

I keep coming back here and each time I do so, I'm left very glad to have returned.
Their agnolotti are excellent and their chestnut cake is divine. The bar by which I measure all other neighbourhood restaurants.

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LB
Hampshire
28 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal at the Dairy. We (me +wife) had the tasting menu + wine pairings. Excellent small plates that build to perfectly fill us up and a tremendous set of wine pairings that ran the gamut from traditional to interesting, encompassing sherry, champagne, old world and new. Not exactly a bargain but generally you get what you pay for and I wouldn't begrudge the Dairy one penny of their budget.

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I visit The Dairy every year for our anniversary, and it has never failed to disappoint. We usually end up spending about £75-80 each for the occasion, but we always walk away thinking "that was really, really worth it". The cocktails we've had are all equally inventive and delicious, and the food is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible. We have the taster menu every time, and everything about it screams quality; from the delightful little amuse-bouche, to the mouth-watering desserts, it's clear that the menu's creator really understands the ingredients and how to put them together.

Can't stress enough - this really is a place for foodies! It's not a cheap option by any means - you can get great food in London for 1/2 of the price - but as an anniversary treat, it really can't be bested. There are plenty of taster menus around london that are 3 times the price, and having sampled a few, I can say without hesitation that The Dairy ranks amongst the best.

To top all this off, the service is top-notch - everyone that handled our experience was friendly, inviting and helpful, and the lovely little 'happy anniversary' message was a lovely touch.

We will 100% be returning once again next year!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team was spot on! Incredible service, discreet yet efficient and very helpful. Gorgeous food and really neat concise wine list.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic meal recently with a few colleagues. The lunch menu is one of the best I've ever had in terms of quality and value. Brilliant.

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening. Delicious, creative and memorable tasting menu. The Dairy represents incredible value. Second time we've eaten here and we will certainly return again. A must-visit for foodies.

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

Great service, very helpful with recommendations and how the menu works.

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For the first time, we didn't actually have the tasting menu. Had the Christmas lunch menu for a change of pace. A steal at £27.50 for 4 courses, given the quality. The Dairy remains my favourite restaurant in London. Not fussy, but oh so interesting and delicious. The cod cheek savoury profiteroles (not their actual name) were heavenly. The beef nuggets with mushroom were probably the weakest thing on the menu, but still very good so no complaints. A reasonably priced carafe of syrah/grenache washed it all down very nicely. We will certainly be back again, but first next door to Counter Culture, one of their other amazing sister restaurants. Robin Gill FTW!

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CK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a lovely treat. Staff is enthusiastic about the food. Lovely ingredients. Very good value for lunch.

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WC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic time at the Dairy, the food and wine was delicious and the service was impeccable. The only small issue was the staff endlessly going in and out of the front door (every 2-3 minutes), next to where we were sat, meaning we never really warmed up! But that was a small issue in what was otherwise a fantastic evening.

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c
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I (75 year old female) meet friends of all ages for meals and it always work well. Thanks chris x

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a
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting food with new combinations and treatments which were delicious. The wine we chose exceeded already high expectations. Staff were friendly and attentive. Ambience was fine - might even be romantic. I recommend the Dairy and have already suggested it.

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

Amazing place - albeit the wines (excluding the expensive ones) aren’t amazing

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

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and welcoming. That was the overwhelming impression. The food is delicious and well cooked with interesting ingredients. Between us, we have almost the full gamut of food intolerances but, they were absolutely brilliant at accommodating us, adjusting or recommending as necessary.

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YW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always
Such good customer service and the food is out of this world. I need that bread recipe!

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

High end creative food in a cool, relaxed environment

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

Another great night at Dairy... They need to fix the front door so the punters don't need to keep closing it though....

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