Belgo Holborn

3.7
86 reviews
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Belgo Holborn is a contemporary, airy restaurant and bar housed in an old Lloyd’s bank. Memories of the buildings former use can be seen in the basement where we safe guard our ‘liquid gold’ (beer) in the banks former safe, now converted into a beer cellar. The 130 cover restaurant has shared bench seating in the traditional beer hall style and is dominated by a fun abbey pane glass window. The generous bar or bierdrome is the perfect spot for an after work tipple or relaxed get together. Natural light pours through the full length windows looking over bustling Holborn and our outside seating area. The whole venue is a very versatile space and is available for exclusive hire, or can be hired semi exclusively for dinner or drinks parties.
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London
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The restaurant at Kingsway London by Holborn where I booked a table was out of chicken which we were told by the waitress in an off the shoulder manner. So we ended up walking out and having to find an other restaurant.
Disappointing and poor service.

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KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Mussels are not fresh, even the fries are cold!
Desserts are alright.

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R
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was looking forward to enjoying their rotisserie chicken. My chicken was extremely dry. One of the servers said they put it in the oven after the rotisserie. On the other hand, my build-your-own crepe dessert was delicious.

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KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Brighter than the Covent Garden Belgo, but the beer my husband wanted wasn't available (it was the first listed on the menu, not an obscure one) and the after lunch coffee couldn't happen, because the coffee machine wasn't working. Not great really, is it? The food was fine, although we had to specifically request the express lunch menu (it isn't automatically offered). Wouldn't be in a massive rush back.

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DA
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very friendly and efficient service. The standard Belgo menu offers something for all. Huge selection of beers and reasonably priced wine available.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and excellent service

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LM
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decent food, nice cocktails, pleasant and friendly table service, overall clean and spacious. The ambiental music a bit too "disco" for an eatery, more soothing rhythms would be suitable. Also, some tables’ surface is very worn out and with a shoddy look, in desperate need of repair/ repainting. But, all in all, a good place to have a nice lunch. Prices - relatively reasonable for Central London.

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Kent
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was my first visit to a 'Belgo restaurant'. Upon arrival, they were unable to find my booking (I showed them the confirmation on my phone), but they found me somewhere to sit. It wasn't very busy, but the service was a bit slow. However, the food was good (I had a vegetarian burger) and I wouldn't rule out a future visit.

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Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our food didn’t arrive for over an hour after we ordered, but because of this the staff gave us a free portion of fries and didn’t charge us for any of our food. Overall the place had a lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, and lovely food.

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j
Bath
33 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very full, very noisy, but staff coped admirably - food tasty, interesting beers - I would go again

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R
London
72 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice food. Deserts fantastic as is the beer

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We booked this restaurant following a link to the Theatre we were attending that evening.

Add to this we got sucked in to the fact it was supposedly a Belgian Restuarant specialising in moules.

The dishes served up to both of us were totally tasteless and a big disappointment.

We won't be returning.

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RO
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meal very enjoyable and service excellent food as expected no frills but good

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but service was a little slow.

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SR
London
91 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had some good food and lovely staff. It's a bit noisy.

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R
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mussels madness (£12 for Mussels and a beer) was very good value.

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PG
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food (we got the moules) for what is a chain restaurant.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Decent burger. Would recommend it.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was really not great. Mussels were in a very watery and bland sauce. Not expected. Restaurant was also incredibly loud so not good if you want to have a conversation over dinner but fun as a place to drink on Friday

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j
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food and service fine but few vegetarian options. We have been to Belgo quite often and found this occasion slightly disappointing. Hard to specify why. Our server was very pleasant and the food was good.

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SI
London
57 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went to Belgo's Holborn for lunch just after Easter which was the reason for some items not being on the menu as deliveries had not arrived. That did mean there were no mussels (!) on the menu and also a shortage of vegetarian options. The latter was handled very well with a substitute offered for the lunchtime menu option that was unavailable being offered at the Express Menu price. That however, was probably the best I could say for our meal as all three of us felt underwhelmed by our dishes which were the meatball burger, rotisserie chicken and veggie burger, all of which were ok, but lacked much notable flavour. We may return if mussels are back on the menu, although none of us have eaten those at Belgo's for years and if they are of a similar calibre as the offerings we tasted, there will be no reason to try this restaurant again given the surfeit of nearby alternatives.

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FS
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty, awesome beers, and staff really attentive and helpful!

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent, great selection of beers and good food. Just what we needed.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a lovely place with fantastic choice of beers, good service and funny atmosphere.
It is getting a bit too noisy as anywhere else, so this is a good place to have fun with friends.
Food is nice and service is excellent.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice food and good value for money. The service was excellent - busy time, table of 10, a Saturday just before Christmas but staff were friendly and attentive and it made for a very nice family get-together.

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y
London
144 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

If you’re not dining from the set lunch menu it’s not worth the money

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n
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great evening overall - main course was fine but portion was too small had the turkey.

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y
London
144 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value lunch menu, main and a drink

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c
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambiance, a little bit cramped but tolerable. Reasonably priced, in particular the Feast or Express lunch if either is on offer at £7.50 and £8.95 respectively. Good quality food. Robust flavours. Friendly and efficient service.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Moules and beer is good but service a bit unattentive

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W
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service & value; good location; simple but tasty food. recommend.

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y
London
144 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great value lunch menu for a quick work lunch

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DR
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I had not been at BELGO for 15 years. I remember the fun of the first experience with the staff dressed as monk, serving fresh mussels almost as good as in Belgium where I come from. Ut was a real restaurant then. No it is a chain with food that no Belgian would want to eat with dishes that come from another planet bur not from across the channel. I am not surprised since it is part of a "group" that also owns "Cafe Rouge" which serves pseudo-french cuisine including frozen heated-up garlic bread that you will never find in French restaurant. Same at Belgo, where the menu includes overcooked mussels with pancetta (???), shrimps with salsa and mango, waffles with tomato sauce. This is a nightmare for people who have tasted quality food. We had some Vietnamese take away after this from across the road just to clean our taste buds. Belgo has lot the plot. The bar seems quite successful with your adults 20-30 something and perhaps they would be better off transform it into a Tapas chain. Please remove the name "Belgo" as this is an insult to Belgian cuisine tradition.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a lovely place. Greta vibe and great food. Staff were incredibly friendly too.

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VM
London
86 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I like Belgo that they introduce new elements to their standard menu every so often and this time they did hot kimchi mussel pot which tasted good. Their drink menu is interesting as always and I gave their banana beer a try, which was ok as the taste was a bit artificial.

I m not satisfied with their table service and I did notice their waiter/waitress spent a significant amount of time by the kitchen table chitchatting in the prime hours, instead of paying attending to their customers. I needed to beckoned at them a few times to get the table cleared up and settle the bill.

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y
London
144 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good for a quick work lunch, £7.50 lunch menu is great

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

When we arrived the waiter asked for my booking he then said nothing by that name I then showed him my email booking to which he laughed and said please tell me you didn’t just book that now.This was quite rude as I booked it Monday even though I don’t think I should have to explain my booking process to him I had a table booked which they didn’t even have notification of. We ordered 2 cocktails off the 2 for 1 happy hour menu then when the bill came the offer was not on there. When I asked the waiter he said he didn’t believe the cocktails we ordered should be on that menu so didn’t put it through as 2 for 1! Even though they quite clearly were so I had to ask him to put this through which is very odd behaviour I didn’t realise it was the waiters decision to decide what offers we get.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The moules frites are always great, and there's a brilliant range of beers

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London
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my birthday party and Belgo Holborn provided a very friendly atmosphere. The waiters were attentive and helpful. Tasty food and enough choice to cater for meat eater, vegetarian as well as gluten allergy. Highly recommended!

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