Bleeding Heart Bistro

4.5
703 Reviews
£26 to £40
French
The busy buzzy Bistro, high ceiling and high windows, with its striking 19th Century French wine posters is the perfect place for an informal business lunch with a colleague or a jolly supper with a group of chums. Certainly, the bistro’s sunny terrace, shaded by a huge red awning, seems far away from the streets of Farringdon. With its professional, friendly service and warm ambience, the Bistro offers both traditional and modern French fare ranging from classic Omelettes, Coq au Vin and Steak Frites to Breast of Duck and Shank of Lamb, plus a great-value list of 450 wines by the bottle and a dozen by the glass.
Our popular terrace at our charming french Bistro situated in Bleeding Heart Yard is open from Spring to Autumn months and accommodates more than 30 people. Diners can enjoy traditional French dishes ranging from Lapin à la moutarde and Navarin of Organic Lamb.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 703 people are saying
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glider
London
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service, excellent wine. The food was good, however nothing to rave about, it simply whelmed.

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vipanon
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the fish soup and fishcake - both were delicious. So good to be out with friends, and despite the hailstorm, we kept warm and dry.

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Groomy
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Staff made a valiant effort to make our experience a good one, but the weather was against us and the outside area wasn’t equipped well enough to cope with the cold and rain. Food was good, and wine selection perfectly adequate for lunch.

Will be good to get back inside!

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vipRichardA
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic. Old school French cuisine - bistro fodder, great wine. Fish soup a perennial favourite

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MichaelD
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the gale blowing on a blustery Tuesday, we enjoyed ourlunch outside on the cobbles of the Bleeding Heart Bistro. The staff were doing very well in spite of the weather and the place was simply heaving with diners desperate for a good meal. And this is what they got - excellent food served in a very enjoyable and buzzy ambience. We will return when we can go back indoors. For further details see TripAdvisor review.

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ZoeM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent and although most of the food was really nice I wouldn't say it was particularly French cuisine. Some additions I felt were only for the benefit of British guests, which I think is a shame. Some highlights were the fish cake and chocolate mousse.

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ConorD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a place just off Hatton garden. The chicken special on Sunday was 5 stars.

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SouthbankSavvy
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a great experience only let down by a really poor cheese board.

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LiPa
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and great food. Will definitely be back!

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DawnL
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor eating spot!
A bit of normality I felt I’d landed somewhere pre-covid.
Food wine and service fabulous- will be back.

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LizzieC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lovely post lockdown lunch for a group of six. Food was nice and lovely atmosphere in a quiet part of Farringdon

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Suzy
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a celebratory birthday lunch with family members, and we all enjoyed everything about our visit.

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JaneCE18
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. At no time did we feel rushed and any time we needed anything there was always someone on hand to assist.

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MarkK
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slowly becoming one of my favourite restaurants in London. Lovely part of London, superb service and consistently good food which is such good value for money.....

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and atmosphere were very nice but it was overly expensive for what we got.

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WarrenP
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Business Meeting at 2pm and although it took a while for the waiter to get to us, to take our order (15mins) the food and follow up service was superb. We were due to leave the table at 4pm, but they allowed us to stay on for another hour to finish our lunch meeting. Top venue, amazing food and good wine list.

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vipAnitaO
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location for outdoor dining and much-awaited catch up with friends. Service great and all diners just pleased to be out and friendly.

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CharlesP
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A great afternoon out despite the rain. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed the atmosphere together with good food and wine

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Eileen
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good value set menu and delicious food
Excellent service and warm enough with heaters

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Acw21
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, patio heaters so very comfortable experience, would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
48 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great staff and food and wine as usual- there is construction work nearby but very quiet in the evening

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Jackie
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Notified restaurant this meal for our silver wedding anniversary in advance . Arrived 15 minutes early along with several other couples all of whom where taken through to wait whilst a very rude waitress told us to go away and come back at the right time . I got quite upset and a manager overruled her . We then had to wait longer for everything, ask repeatedly for champagne we’d ordered as well as coffees at the end of the meal . Been coming to restaurant/bistro and wine bar for years , food still amazing but service quite poor on what was a special occasion

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Andrewbdc
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service from almost exclusively French team. So lovely to be out again on a well-heated terrace.

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AnneT
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely family reunion at the Bleeding Heart - the perfect place to get together after being part during lockdown. The food and wine were good and the service and surroundings fantastic.

Bleeding Heart Bistro
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for sharing your kind words with us. It means the world to us and to our entire team! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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AlexP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Starters not great, and only meat and veg for main. Deserts were good, cheese expensive as an extra. Wine list starts at 29

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vipWill
London
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Sunday sundae is very good. Surprisingly complex of flavours.

The pork confit would recommend sharper knives for cutting. Was not easy eating or maybe better to have it precut so it’s easier to carve. Still delicious overall but it would make it easier to savour.

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ThomasH
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a lovely night, the food was excellent and being outside wasn’t a problem

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vipCaronM
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very well organised and Covid safe. Staff were absolutely lovely and service was very quick, but not rushed. The menu has something for everyone. The confit of belly pork was one of the best I have had. Portions are pretty small but delicious.

Bleeding Heart Bistro
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words . Our front of house team and Chefs were delighted you enjoy your visit, our service and food. Do let us know if you are planning to return and we will ensure that the manager is aware. We look forward to see you soon, Regards, Marta

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vipKandA
London
92 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely terrace, great food, super service. The rib-eye was cooked to utter perfection

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

According to OpenTable I have made 240 restaurant bookings through the App. I have made dozens of those at the Bleeding Heart. I was delighted to be returning with a group to celebrate 3 recent birthdays. Things started off well enough but after having main courses (and having consumed 3 bottles of champagne between 5) and about 90 minutes into the meal we were brought the dessert menus and told we had ten minutes left and that we didn’t have time for dessert (quite why they brought the dessert menus to our table given this statement is beyond me). We were a bit surprised given other tables had arrived before us and were not being asked to settle up for the next group. We also pointed out that there were several empty tables and that surely in another 20 or 25 minutes we could finish our meal and leave. The front of house staff would have none of this and we were told there was no time. I asked for a bill with the service charge removed (I have done this two or three times only in 20 years) and the bill arrived with the service charge on. I repeated my request and finally the bill was presented without service charge. I have normally enjoyed meals at the Bleeding Heart immensely. I will not be returning after this episode. It is a shame that the restaurant is showing no support to its long-standing customers - who at this rate will be gone once the rush for post-lockdown meals returns to normal.

Bleeding Heart Bistro
Responded on April 28, 2021

I am so sorry that your experience on the Bistro Terrace on 24th April was not as you had hoped it would be . If you could be so kind as to contact us on bookings@bleedingheart.co.uk we would like to understand how we failed to meet your expectations and how we might be able to meet them should you pay us a further visit. We look forward to hearing from you. Reservation manager

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vipPjw44
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place does French very well. It feels and sounds and tastes French. How surprising then that the bread, that bastion of french cuisine, was so disappointing. Dry as the desert with a miniscule butter portion. It's the little things that mean alot and in this case it was a real let down. I suspected something was a foot when it took so long to get the bread to table and I further suspect it was reheated from last night.. Apart from this bravo on the whole.

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lauraA
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, can really recommend the cotes de boeuf, fantastic flavour, abd the best chips ever, (as an indifferent chip eater). Heated terrace to my surprise topped it off.

Starters and desserts also very good. Heartily recommend!

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mrsS
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our dinning experience was the worst that we have ever experienced. The food was cold, undesirable and tasteless. It was expensive for the poor quality of food. The cheese and biscuits are advertised to be served with fresh bead, however don't be fooled they actually come with a digestive biscuit. The bread is at a cost of an extra £3.50. The pork belly was full of fat and the little meat on it was like leather.

Bleeding Heart Bistro
Responded on April 27, 2021

Dear Mrs S, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear you had such a frustrating experience and our food didn't meet your expectation, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. We would like to hear from you, please send me an email to bookings@bleedingheart.co.uk ,so we can reach out to you at a time convenient for you.

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vipmarty
London
23 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but much more expensive than in the past. One set menu and one special. Not a great choice. Service was good and outside tables were well spaced with heaters. Good atmosphere. Hope the full menus returns soon.

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GailP
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely courtyard venue with tables set well apart, and covid restrictions well adhered to. The food is excellent with quite a varied menu given the circumstances, and the service is as good as it always has been, despite the current restrictions. A very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration was lovely. The only downside was the construction work going on right next to the outside dining site.

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Duchess
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All very good except for noise from building works but not your fault!

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MalaikaM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was really good. Lost stars as we had to wait 30mins before being seated.

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Chris
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good and wide enough menu choice and wine list. Food was very good. Attentive service.

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vipeatwell
London
184 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bleeding Heart offers good quality bistro food with friendly service and a relaxed ambience. Being in a small courtyard you are protected from cold winds and traffic noise.

FAQs

Bleeding Heart Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 703 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.