Holborn Dining Room

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£26 to £40
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British
A grand brasserie set in midtown London, Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine with a twist in a vibrantly bustling dining salon. Combining reclaimed oak with antique mirrors, red leather banquettes with tweed detailing, and two patina copper-topped bars, it’s a place for enjoying a convivial meal with friends, a spontaneous pint of local lager and a burger, or a selection of crustacea and charcuterie paired with wine – all served by our friendly team who are always happy to help.

The menu, comprised of traditional British dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients, is divided into eight sections: Bar Snacks, Cold Counter, Hot Counter, Grill, English Kitchen, Sides, Sandwiches and Afters. Enjoy some of the best London dining at the Holborn Dining Room.
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HR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual the food (we both had a fairly light lunch of smoked haddock) was very good; in particular their mash is always very tasty! The service is always excellent from the elegantly attired staff.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service5ambience2

This was my first time at Holborn and sadly was externally disappointed. A table of 3 on a Saturday night, we were put almost in the corner of the restaurant and most definitely forgotten about. Starters took little over 45 mins to arrive after having to flag down a waiter to place our order. We had 3 different pies when the mains arrived and all were dry sadly. Had high expectations for this meal but sadly didn’t deliver and over priced.

AS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, amazing venue great no fuss food, impeccable service.

P
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal, great service and the best pie i've had in my life: comfort food for the soul. The wine list is excellent, too. Also there are often some real gems to be found here by the glass thanks to coravin. Another super dinner: many thanks to the team who looked after my friend and I on Friday evening.

G
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Mutton and Potato pies and wonderful ambience

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely relaxed restaurant with high quality food and a diverse, but not overlong menu. Classically British food (buttered shrimps; pork belly; steak and kidney pudding; dover sole etc.) cooked well. Value falls down when nearly every dish requires additional purchase of two sides and the service was a little slow, but this was weekday lunchtime so perhaps to be expected. Relatively easy converse across a table for six so the noise level is tolerable for such a large space. You MUST have the truffle and parmesan fries.

TR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

£130 for scotch egg, small pie and a couple of pints for two people seemed over priced. Great location and service but wouldn't go again.

TA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was over priced and not very good. Poor presentation. You can get a better pie at a pub for one third the price pkus tge pub will give you sides. Skip this one.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am fairly sure that they served the best steak and kidney pudding I have ever had!

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great venue for business meetings. Thought the lighting was slightly darker than the photo. Service was excellent, food was very good. Their pies being their highly recommended dish, was good but perhaps i was expecting a little more. I would certainly agree it’s unique and innovative. Also good variety of wine lists, a little on the higher price but the location of the restaurant justify the cost. Staff were very helpful and welcoming. I’d be keen to try out other dishes.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner - great for a catch up with friends.

Y
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Deeply disappointing. The venue is stunning and the staff were fantastic. My salt and pepper squid starter was soggy and oily and not very impressive for such a well reviewed place. My sirloin steak (30 day aged Cornish) was bone dry, almost burnt on outside and rare on inside and deeply lacking in flavour or interest. Even after couple of dishes removed from the bill,it came to nearly £200 for 2, only one of us drinking. Will not be back sadly which is a shame as a stunning dining room in Central London location. Wines and digestive list excellent and great recommendation from the Sommelier.

TO
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Looked great on insta, reality is slightly below par, value for money is poor. I didn't finish my £23 pie because it wasn't very nice. The starters were excellent. Noisy. Not enough room on tables. Patchy service.

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A group of four went to The Holborn Dining Room for a birthday meal. The setting is lovely and the service outstanding throughout. Helpful, attentive staff without being overbearing. The starters of lobster thermidor tart and grilled octopus were excellent. The curried mutton pie was lovely and one friend thought the belly pork was very good. The parmesan and truffle fries were lovely. At £6 the sides seem expensive, particularly given the small vegetable portions. The wine list is extensive, however, you will struggle to find when bottles under £40, although they do also sell wine by the carafe.

Our waiter noticed it was one of our groups birthday and brought a small cake at the end of the meal. Overall we had a lovely meal and evening. Can thoroughly recommend for a special occasion.

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for a business lunch which then moved into the bar area! Great service and what a gin menu!!

PB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my Birthday lunch here. The steak and Kidney pudding was to die for. Our waiter, Marius, was very attentive. Classy place. I will definitely be back.

v
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The Guardian review encouraged us to to try it. We found the food was good but not amazing and the prices ridiculous

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great pies probably best in London. Very good sides. Lovely desserts. Very good attentive service. Unfortunately the dining room is far too dark which made it very difficult to see the wonderful food.

BC
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables just a tad on the small side for all the crockery, cutlery, glasses, then food, wine & water, but we lived with it even though there were many tables free with more space for the four of us, as everything we each had was excellent. Rather pricey, and the gents got served all the wine! I think the waitress assumed we would be having a second bottle, but we didn’t have the time unfortunately and the girls ended up having to be the chauffeurs for the evening! I had been before, but it was our friends first time and I don’t think they’ll be rushing back. Still, a lovely meal, but it was the company that made it extra special on this occasion.

GP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went to this restaurant as we had been told it's chef's specialty was pastry and pies. The choice of pies was very limited, so disappointing. The table we had was in a corner and felt excluded from the main restaurant.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Two attempts at Steak, First Rib Eye was not seared and very fatty. Replacement Sirloin was hard and tasted a bit like pork.

The owner needs to look at his beef cookery and provenance (I believe that the meat was from a dairy rather than beef bred animals) and fell far short of the expectation that the ambiance and service suggested.

OT
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and they did not disappoint! Amazing meal from start to finish. We will be back!

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The restaurant receptionist was incompetent. Had called 20 minutes before arrival to reconfirm reservation and inform I was running 5 minutes late. On arrival she could not speak English well enough to understand my name when given. She could not find my reservation even after a couple attempts to locate on her tablet. I had to point it out. At which point she said someone else had apparently arrived earlier and taken my reservation in my name. This demonstrates huge incompetence on her part. Also, meant we had to stand there while she confusedly conferred with her slightly less incompetent colleague and eventually we were allocated a fairly poor table by the entrance and til point. This shocking lapse was embarrassing for me whilst on a date and is not what one would expect from a high class restaurant.
Fortunately the food was excellent.
Sadly the service from the waiters was equally poor. One informed me he’d just started working there and then casually asked me where I lived and which football team I supported and tried to strike up a conversation. Shocking and overfamiliar. Extremely unimpressed by this behaviour.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Locale dell’atmosfera decisamente British, cibo squisito, vasta scelta di vini ed infinita di gin, personale di sala (diversi ragazzi italiani) cordialissimo, prezzo in linea con l’offerta e con Londra.
Ci tornerei sicuramente!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Holborn Dining Rooms. Great food and thank you for being dog friendly 🐾

HK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, beautiful setting and absolutely fabulous food- the perfect evening out!

TA
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great location and setting. Service was a little bit slow at first but picked up after talking to the Maitre'd. We chose from the Pie Menu. Main recommendation is ask for gravy!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow

HA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Went for birthday dinner, was great! Special shout out to our attentive waitress Nina, she went above and beyond for us, taking our photos, checking in and helping us choose from the menus. Will be back again!

L
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service glacial. Had to wait an age for each course. Food mediocre at best. Will not return.

HS
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal at the restaurant and staff were very attentive.
Probably the best steak and kidney pudding I’ve ever had.
Would definitely recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and the food was perfect. Thanks for a great experience.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, hot & fresh. Superb atmosphere & setting. Staff fantastic, very attentive. Will return. Totally recommend.

T
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came for Boxing Day dinner for their fresh seafood and cottage pies. The service started off slow but finished well. We had some great oysters to start and each had a different cottage pie for which they are known. All food was excellent. Recommended.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable. Will return.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our Christmas dinner at the Holborn Dining Room. The overall experience was amazing !

The service was exceptional - friendly and very attentive.
The food was delicious.

I would definitely book again.

L
London
52 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good as to be expected and not too expensive. One plus side is that the restaurant offers valet parking which in this part of London is very useful given the lack of parking spaces available nearby. Only drawbacks I would say are that the live music was a bit too loud, the tables on the small side and most importantly the portions being so generous was difficult to finish but the staff wouldn't pack anything in a takeaway bag for later, saying it was their policy, which seems strange as most other restuarants do this.

IH
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was completely off their game, not quite rude, but inattentive, unhelpful and unprofessional. It was very disappointing as it was one of my girlfriend’s favourites and she was looking forward to going. They portions were mean (one 1/2 slice of bread per person!!) and the mutton pie was tiny!

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We’d booked for the Sunday before Christmas so it was particularly quiet, with less than a half dozen tables occupied, no doubt this was peaceful, as can imagine noisy when full, but this also meant it was rather lacking in atmosphere!
The service was spot on, staff efficient and professional.
Food was good, one steak and kidney pudding and the sea bass fillet were chosen and enjoyed. We started with the award winning scotch eggs, which I found rather too salty to be enjoyable!
Didn’t opt for pudding as had a theatre show to attend.
Would I return, probably not, or if so, for a business lunch rather than a celebratory supper.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! Sunday roadt was great and the beef ribs was cooked perfectly. Would definitely recommend!