The Guinea

4.5
702 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
At the Guinea, we specialize in serving you the finest aged, grass fed English and Scotch beef. We are founder members of the Scotch beef Club whose president, Princess Anne is a passionate supporter. The Guinea also enjoys a huge following for steak pies. We have been National Steak pie champions no less than 3 times. We don’t ignore fish and seafood lover’s either and offer you a quality selection.

The Guinea is unique in that the restaurant and private dining room is housed with the walls of one of London’s oldest pubs established in 1423. This means that not only do we offer you a fine selection of wines, particularly Claret and Burgundy, we also serve Young’s award winning ales. Respected restaurant guides like Hardens, Zagat and the Good Food guide nearly always remark on our warm and friendly service. Acclaimed food critic Giles Coren also placed us in his list of top 50 favourite restaurants in the UK (The Times January 2014).
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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sunday lunch

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GR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wonderful wine to accompany.
Old fashioned service such a pleasant change. Will be back very soon.

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JL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great pies but the format has changed in recent years as they are now served in a dish so its only pastry on the top and not the sides . Maybe for health reason that makes sense. Wonderful ale house.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Super place , lots of charm with a fantastic original pub and small rear restaurant which has a lovely buzz. Traditional but well cooked and very good feeling about the place . In a news just off Berkeley square with lots of space to stand out side in good weather.

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l
London
64 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second visit. This time we were very squashed up having asked for a specific table which I later noticed was empty. I also asked for extra potatoes and fewer parsnips. I got three potatoes and a huge plate of parsnips. The wine was vastly overcharged. These issues got sorted out but I needed to complain first. It's expensive for a Sunday roast but worth it when they do it properly but this time they didn't. This was many due to poor service.

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the Guinea, I must have been 10 times, they have the best steaks and pies that you could wish for. Great beers and wine selection and very knowledgeable staff.

I do wish they would improve the gent’s toilet, it is not fitting for such a nice place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent. You get what you pay for - so not a “bargain” but wonderful steak at appropriate price.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Guinea Grill is a lovely place for Sunday Lunch. Seating is a bit tight but the service was good and food lovely. A bit pricey, but it is in Mayfair-so to be expected.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had been there in maybe 15 to 20 years and it was a much different experience They always had the best Dover Sole but it is not even on the menu. The beef had no taste and the lamb full of fat.

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L
Philadelphia
265 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a disappointing experience, where there were no salads available at 7:30 in the evening. The meal was OK, but the vegetables poor - only prepared with sauces and nothing steamed. Markedly overpriced.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Staff need to be trained in food allergies. Few gluten free options and little care taken

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KT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Very close tables with a noisy drunk woman opposite who lifted up her sweater at one point to reveal all! Not nice.
Meat pie was tasty, but I can do as well if not better myself. Fish was good quality but again poor value. Wine was extremely expensive for what it was. Lovely waiters working in difficult conditions. So 5* for service and 2* for the rest. No privacy, noisy and over-priced.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant. Good wine list. And fabulous food and service. Quirky rather than classy.

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K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the Guinea when in London. My wife enjoyed her fillet steak and my snake and Pygmy was very tasty. Service was excellent it’s just that tables are rather close together.

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OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as usual - always a great lunch served at The Guinea

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SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food but too noisy and tables too close together

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever you go to the Guinea, you always win - great staff, food and wine list, to suit all pockets.

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KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food took one hour to come because there was a new chef cooking the pies, but to make up for it, the Guinea gave us our entire lunch on the house. Incredible.

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R
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A perennial favourite Gastropub in Mayfair, the dining room has a Dickensian feel, the food is straight down the fairway but very well cooked. The oyster are a bargain, the steaks are perfectly executed, the wine list is expensive. Overall this Inn is a gem, amongst the high end but not so good dining scene in Mayfair.

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BN
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb. Never disappointed. The service is excellent. My martini was great! We go back to this restaurant every time we’re in London. It’s that good!

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Guinea is a great spot for a proper pint in the pub followed by a nice steak dinner in this authentic setting. The staff is warm and welcoming. It is a great place to enjoy dinner with friends while in London.

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C
London
23 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The starters were only average, in particular the crab cocktail which had a strange taste and the asparagus which was disappointing bearing in mind this IS the asparagus season. The filet steak and the steak, kidney and mushroom pie were both very good and well cooked but the side dishes of cauliflower cheese and mashed potatoes were just ordinary. Service was pleasant and attentive. Overall, we felt our our meal was expensive for what it was and disappointing in a dining room that was virtually empty and which we found to be characterless. We do not intend to return.

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RI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first time eating at the Guinea.
It was a pleasant experience and the food was nice. Service was very good.

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c
London
18 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday roast in authentic British atmosphere

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VO
Austin
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here & really enjoyed it. Steak melted in my mouth & perfectly done. Wine was good. Only issue was space & felt cramped at our table but can’t really expect anything else given venue location & building. Plan to go back soon enjoy several more times.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional food

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SP
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, the staff were friendly and attentive. We very much enjoyed our Sunday roast. The food and portions were devine!!

Thank you to everyone there. So friendly and comforting.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS good Pie

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JJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find. On Easter week when pubs were shut stumbled upon The Guinea in Mayfair. This is a steak house for steak eaters dressed in appropriate Mayfair livery, literally. The ambiance was sublime, the steaks were done to perfection and the way that were ordered, service was attentive but not over the top. This was the second time we went to the Guinea as we felt that it was the best and friendliest restaurant that we went to and that includes the Ivy and its Dover Sole Meuniere that is nearly off this planet.


P.S. The Guinea did not have the Open Table reservation but were still able to fit us in. . . . thankfully.

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CM
Kent
29 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food service and staff were amazing. You must try this venue

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My and husband I thought the food was great and the puddings yum, yum, yum treacle tart

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JV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with a good choice of fish, meat and of course their pies and the wine list also has the right balance for everyones taste and price.

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M
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Had high hopes for this place - the food wasn't good at all . Considering they have won awards for their pies - you can find better at Borough Market . I didn't realize the awards were won 20 years ago! Also - what they show you in the Meat Window and what you get aren't the same thing . My wife's Filet was a joke . Oh well - on to the next place . thx mike g

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g
London
32 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food service and atmosphere were very good. Just a littlest cramped.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful welcome in this old school restaurant with a very friendly relaxed ambience. Excellent for a traditional Sunday roast with plenty of other choices besides. Chef Oisín Rogers and his staff do a great job. Check out the prawn cocktail too!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Good food when it finally arrived but it took over an hour to arrive got sat upstairs not in the main dining room downstairs which raised some concerns

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b
London
74 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great meal and evening at the guinea. Staff are fantastic and the food is delicious.

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JB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a good lunchtime dining experience. Good quality fare and would be happy to recommend.

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MW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An excellent venue in the heart of the West End. Beautifully cooked rib eye

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YR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Noisy, clumsy service, overpriced food and astronomically overpriced wine.
Wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

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