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Players Bar & Kitchen

3.7
3.7
200 Reviews
£25 and under
British
At the Players Bar and Kitchen, our head chef has created a delicious menu to suit all tastes and appetites. Based in Villiers Street, just up from Embankment Station it’s the perfect place for pre theatre dining whether you are going to see a show in our own Charing Cross Theatre or elsewhere in London's Theatreland district.
We look to deliver the perfect balance of mouth watering food, great value and unpretentious friendly service. We can cater for any occasion; be it a quick bite, a relaxed dinner, a birthday bash or just a catch up and a gossip over a glass of wine and some nibbles.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7930 5868
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alessiano Strano
  • Private party facilities
    A atmospheric loft space above the main bar area, we can cater for up to 22 people for a sit down meal or up to 30 for a canape reception.
  • Private party contact
    Jon Chai: 020 7930 5868
  • Neighborhood
    Charing Cross
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Tube: Embankment and Charing Cross<br><br />Charing Cross Mainline Station
  • Entertainment
    We have a live pianist/singer Monday to Saturday from 11pm till 2.30am.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What 200 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

200 Reviews
  1. GaryD

    London

    28 reviews

    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely awful. Had booked a table for a pre theatre meal and when I arrived (on time) and gave my name for the reservation, the staff seem totally disinterested and found an empty table and showed us there. The menu was very limited and a schools canteen would have been more interesting and better. I had chopped liver to begin with which was nothing more than a very thinly spread creamy pate on French toasted bread and not tasting of chopped liver at all. For the main course I had what was supposed to be spicy jerk chicken with pineapple but was as bland as anything with no spice at all and the pineapple was three strips one of which was total core. My wife had what was supposed to be cod cooked in matzo meal but was in fact cooked in batter. It was almost inedible and when she queried this, because someone at the next table also had cod but this was cooked in matzo meal, we were told that they would make a deduction from the bill. When this arrived they had only made a 10% reduction. When I complained, they begrudgingly took her meal off the bill. Never again. I have had better food at McDonalds. At least the show, Ragtime, was very enjoyable.

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    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very depressing start to the evening when upon arriving at the Players' Bar and Kitchen my wife and I were informed there was no booking for us as they had severed their association with Open Table some time previously. After a wait to see the Deputy Manager on duty we were found a table although our time to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace was curtailed before the evening show at the Charing Cross Theatre. My wife and I are still trying to ascertain when the arrangement between Open Table and The Players' Bar and Kitchen ended as we had received confirmation of the booking when made, a reminder of the booking the day before we were booked for and now an enquiry as to how we rate our evening - what a joke! Others using Open Table beware........ If looking to book places at The Charing Cross Theatre's Players' Bar and Kitchen do it via the restaurant itself and forget Open Table.

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  3. theatregoer

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Often eat here pre or post theatre, and always pre-book as the restaurant can get very busy. On this occasion I pre-booked as usual and received an e-mail the evening before, reminding me of our booking. It was a little disconcerting therefore to arrive after the matinee and find no table reserved for our party of 6. I tried to tell one of the staff but she seemed too busy to listen, although luckily another member of staff found us a table - we had arrived early so there was still space. It eventually transpired that the booking had been written in the diary for November 2017, which seems awfully inefficient on someone's part and could have completely ruined our day under other circumstances, which would have been so sad since we were celebrating a friend's birthday as well as having a meal before our long train journey back home to the South Coast.

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  4. thisoneworks

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always eat there before seeing the show. The staff are always friendly, the food is tasty and reliable, and for this show the bar offered a special cocktail which was delicious. The ambiance - the venue was once the Players Music Hall Theatre - is a delight.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is themed to the show on in the theatre which was nice. Not a Hugh choice but well presented and tasted great. The service was excellent the waiter was friendly helpful and polite. All in a relaxed atmosphere.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I booked the Players Bar for our wedding anniversary, which I stated when I booked it. There was no reference made to our special day what so ever. The reason I booked the resturant was because I dined there in August for Titanic, the meal, service and atmosphere were all excellent, freshly cooked food. On Friday 16th the menu offered was not as advertised on the website, the starters lacked imagination and my main course came out almost cold! They did however change it for something else after first offering to warm it up. We were given a discount on our bill but it spoilt the start to our evening. Not impressed and will not be returning which is a shame as the theatre is excellent.

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  7. Midge

    Hertfordshire

    107 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Chose Players Bar based upon recent reviews. Sadly we were not as impressed as other diners - perhaps we were just unlucky. Fish and chips was fine but no white wine sauce on the chicken meant that it did not live up to expectations.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our second trip to the Player's Bar and Kitchen and the food was just as good as the first trip. They style their menu's around their current production at the theatre. They are currently in between productions so we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time but we couldn't fault the waiter or the food we were presented. A real gem that is good value for money and unique in their approach.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was great to compliment a evening meal before the theatre performance. Food was fabulous. Enjoyed every bite. The price was pretty good too and the staff very friendly and helpful. Only thing is say was menu was limited but then it was a titanic menu so not sure on the everyday menus which may offer more choice but overall a fantastic evening

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The great advantage of this place, apart from the good food and service, is that you can collect your tickets in good time, relax over a meal served efficiently in air conditioned surroundings (especially valuable at the moment in this heat-wave) and then casually go down to the auditorium for the show. No rushing, no searching for somewhere to eat, no fighting to get in and no worrying about missing the curtain. Perfect.

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Players Bar & Kitchen is rated 3.7 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Players Bar & Kitchen

The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NL

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Charing Cross
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Tube: Embankment and Charing CrossCharing Cross Mainline Station
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alessiano Strano
  • Entertainment
    We have a live pianist/singer Monday to Saturday from 11pm till 2.30am.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    020 7930 5868
  • Private party facilities
    A atmospheric loft space above the main bar area, we can cater for up to 22 people for a sit down meal or up to 30 for a canape reception.
  • Private party contact
    Jon Chai: 020 7930 5868
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