The Loose Box Bar and Kitchen

3.8
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Situated on Horseferry Road, The Loose Box Bar and Kitchen is a contemporary spot where business starts when you do. From first thing in the morning, enjoy great food and top notch service whether you’re relaxing with friends or doing business. Breakfast, coffee and pastries accompany early morning meets and quick pre-work visits, while lunch and dinner are enjoyed in relaxed, stylish surroundings perfectly matched to the vibrant, delicious menu. Sourced from quality suppliers, many of them local, the very best ingredients go in to The Loose Box’s menus, each of which provides details on the locality of your dish so you can rest assured you’re not adding to anybody’s carbon footprint. Excellent platters are a particular favourite of The Loose Box’s varied crowd which includes not only local business folk from nearby offices but shoppers, tourists and locals alike.
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London
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Our visit to the Loosebox did not start well as the girl who greeted us had no record of our booking. It was very busy and with no apparent reservation we could not be seated in the central part and ended up by the bar. We waited 30 mins for our starter and then 40 mins for the main course. The food was satisfactory and the staff were friendly but the service gave the impression of being badly organised and haphazard.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant did not have our booking & didn’t want to give us a table. Eventually they made up a table for us.
We meet there every 6 weeks so we know the food & the restaurant. This time it was expensive for what we got. There were lots of groups (which is great) but it was very noisy.
We have never been there this close to Christmas.
We enjoyed our meals there over the years but I think that may have been our last visit there - for the time being anyway!

SH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I went here for Sunday roast with two friends, the food was good and the place looked nice but the service was so bad we wouldn't go back or recommend it to anyone. My friend ordered a coke that took 20mins to arrive, and our food took 50mins to arrive, and there was no proper apology. We had to ask three different waiters to get gravy and were disappointed to be served plain cauliflower rather than the cauliflower cheese mentioned on the menu (this was not mentioned beforehand, instead when I asked the waiter had to check with the kitchen and came back saying "we don't do cheese today"). A couple sat next to us got up to leave cause they'd waited so long for their food but were caught by the door by the waiter as their food was just ready and they were convinced to sit down again. It's a shame the service is so poor cause the Sunday roast is actually good. We asked for the service charge to be taken off the bill, which they did without question.

D
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very nice place to eat, but the service is too long for drinks and food. The fish in the beer batter - a defrosted small piece of filet covered in a long balloon of batter full of oil without any taste. The chips were the best part of the meal.

The burger and steak meals were okay as my colleagues cleared their plates.

Change quite a lot since I last went there with our work team, when there was a selection of large indoor games to play.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was ordered at 1730. At that time we were told the food would take 15-20 minutes. I explained we needed to be away for 1815. At 1750 I chased for an update and was told 10 minutes maximum. At 1810 I explained we could no longer wait for the food and had to leave without eating. Apparently we lost out to a large group that had pre ordered. If we had been told that at 1730 we would have looked elsewhere. Very disappointing

EP
London
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Loose Box is a good choice close to the Royal Horticultural Halls. It is a large pub, with a reasonable selection of beers, a good menu and large portions. Staff were friendly and attentive.

GW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good. The order was brought quickly and the service was good. This made a pleasant lunch.

ET
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing Sunday roast with all the trimmings, and at an excellent price for a central London venue. Staff were friendly and attentive. I would go again!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that we have visited after visiting an exhibition at Tate Britain (5 minute walk ) It is friendly and spacious and the food is delicious.

g
London
60 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for lunch and it was a good place to catch up with a friend, especially in the Victoria area. Service is good and you can hear yourself - and your friend(s) - speak. Had a sandwich and really it was only average. The chips were good and some of the hot meals looked better than the sandwich option.

DP
London
95 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A Sunday outing to Westminster. Not much open in this area. The venue is fine for a quick bite to eat and a glass of wine. A no frills place. Menu brief, with the food well presented, service very prompt and non intrusive.

OT
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food as ever, and good, friendly service. Nice ambience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Lunch menu is dreadful.Overpriced and poor quality.Will not be returning.A very overrated restaurant.

KM
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greeted on arrival by friendly staff and a table marked as reserved. I waited for my friend in a good ,clean and spacious lounge area with drinks available from the bar. A great venue with excellent food.

CE
Kent
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal post Hockney exhibition Very quiet as Saturday afternoon Service attentive food more than satisfactory

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a loud band playing out on the patio with a singles meet-and-greet outside. Folks in shorts and flip-flops kept coming in to use the bathroom. My steak was way under cooked (medium rare instead of medium well). When they finally cooked it enough, they left pieces off that I had cut already to taste it, reducing it down from an 8 oz. to a 6 oz filet minion. We couldn't find our server to send the steak back to be cooked again, asked the host to get them, and still had to flag them down as they walked by. They eventually brought out a few thinly sliced bites to make up for the pieces they lost in the grill. The result was that my wife ate her food, and then I got to eat my food. The seafood was very good...the steak was average.

e
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

el lugar es tipico ingles, con una cocina muy variada con buena calidad y precio

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Wales
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had lunch here with a friend. Chose this restaurant basically because it's only about 8 minutes away from the Tate Britain. The food is good value for money and the service was excellent. Didn't like the wooden plates, looked like they needed updating, but would still recommend it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Westminster Nurses regularly flock back to their old stomping grounds of Marsham St and Page St. etc. We arrange to get together on a Saturday, not realising it only had a brunch menu. However, the menu was generous. My husband had a fantastic burger with medium done meat, good fries. I chose a lovely salad (no not on a diet) because it looked really interesting and meaty. It was quite small (I was hungry) but I finished it off with a chocolate brownie and pistachio ice cream - homemade and quite delicious and I am a foodie home cook brownie maker myself. We had plenty of bottles of prosecco, the restaurant was moderately busy and they let us stay and chat all afternoon. It was a lovely day and a great place for a leisurely afternoon full of chat and fizz. Thank you - can we come again next year?

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We needed a quick lunch and had booked the Loose Box blind to follow a visit to Tate Britain a 10 minute walk away. Lovely surprise....good choice of reasonably prices lunch dishes, delightful staff and some tasty beers. The home made burgers were delicious as were the fish and chips. It was very quiet so we had plenty of attention. Delightful experience all round.

C
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a couple of times now,it gets better each time,We will be back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We wanted somewhere convenient and not too expensive to eat on a Friday night after attending a lecture at Tate Britain. I booked the Loose Box online as it appeared to tick those boxes. We had never been before. The main impression when entering the restaurant was being hit by deafening noise at a level that was almost unbearable (wooden floors and hard surfaces undoubtedly contributed.) The venue is clearly popular as an after-work drinking spot. The restaurant area is on a slightly raised platform to one side of the large open plan bar area, separated by a wooden rail but uncomfortably close. The food was adequate but not outstanding. The best part of the visit was the extremely friendly and helpful waitress who must have gone home with her ears ringing. Ours were!

f
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good and drinks were good value. Service was terrible. We were served by someone who gave the impression she could not be bothered to serve us. I will not be back unless the service improves and would not recommend

KM
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clean and welcoming , the staff were very friendly and the food was good and reasonably priced.
I would dine there again - good value

DC
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our booking was for 1.30 on a Sunday, but despite the restaurant being only half-full, service was slow and surly. Our waitress took insouciance to a new level and responded to our (few) requests, such as "Can we sit there rather than here?" with gruff monosyllables and a dismissive shrug of the shoulders. We all ordered the roast beef Sunday lunch and I can honestly say that I believe a Harvesters would have done a better job. The food took a mysteriously long time to arrive - about 20 minutes - and was all strangely flavoured. The roast potatoes, in particular, tasted like nothing I've ever eaten...a bit like incense infused cotton wool. The gravy was gelatinous and again tasted oddly oriental, but not in a food sort of way, more like just-about-liquid wood. Suffice it to say, I would not ever eat there again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service 4 main courses was served but had to wait another 10 mins before the last main course arrived. Had to go to the bar to order drinks seem to be short of staff Also had to ask the waitress to clear the table,overall a lunch experience best forgotten,

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very handy. A great setting and good food. I've been there a number of times and the staff are attentive. Service is quick and it is pretty good value for the area. I will be going back. Good selection as well.

PG
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Three of us stopped-by for breakfast. The food was excellent and the service even better. Will definitely return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Loose Box and very good service, great food and great choice of beers. We are a Dutch company, so mixed bunch of Brits and Dutch diners on this occasion. Very nice waiter and waitress looking after us. Would highly recommend.

PK
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

If you're happy to put up with
- piped music so loud and with such poor acoustics that all you can hear is the bass line - no chance of talking to someone at the other end of the table,
- a busy bar but no option of non-alcoholic beer (one of our party of seven can't take alcohol),
- indifferent waiter service,
- food that can be described as adequate at best,
then this is the place for you.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We booked a late lunch booked for a birthday celebration, and although by 2pm the place was very quiet, we still had a 45 minute wait for food, which came out in twos, for a party of eight! The only disappointing food was the fish and chips - two out of the three had very overdone batter which was a shame because one of them was the birthday boy. Other than that, venue and staff delightful as always

j
London
36 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Really noisy which made it difficult to talk. Not so much a restaurant more a pub that does food. The food was ok and the waitress was lovely but neither would make me go back.

LP
London
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We have used this restaurant of lots of occasions and have always been pleased with the food and service .However this time the food was excellent but the service poor as the waiters got part of our order wrong twice. Would still recommend to friends as a nice atmosphere and good value.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Loose Box has always been a firm favourite for business lunches, big group lunches, leaving drinks, meeting with friends early evening as well as special lunches. The staff are alert but unobtrusive and the kitchen really know how to prepare a scrumptious plate of food!

QV
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Excellent food and good service. However (and previous reviewers had warned about this) the noise level from the dozens of people at the bar, adjacent to the dining area, was OTT and we had to leave without coffee. Older diners be warned.

CG
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Having passed by the Loose Box on many occasions, thought I'd try it out.

The tables for dinner were reasonably spaced out and the Loose Box has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The food was very tasty and priced OK. I would eat here again.

PR
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I went here on a Thursday night for after-work dinner and drinks with 2 friends. The bar area was buzzing, with lots of people in for after-work drinks, which made for a lively atmosphere. Once we were seated in the restaurant area however it was very relaxed and we were able to enjoy conversation without it being too loud. The food was really very good, and presented well. Service was fabulous, the staff were very friendly. I would definitely go back and I would recommend it.

S
London
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We booked this as it was close to the London fireworks but will now go back again for a less rushed meal as it was very good. Pate melted in the mouth and the fish and chips was delicious. It was busy of course as it was NYE so we're going back for a more leisurely meal,

H
London
42 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall2food1service2ambience2

A nice looking place, however, the food, drink and service were mixed! Quite possibly the worts bloody mary I've ever been served, and the fish and chips was poor - seemed like frozen fish.

DL
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Booked for a group dinner for 5,the venue was nice and the staff attentive.Food was amazing,everything was eaten-however the overly loud music let the place down.You had to shout to hear fellow dinners across a table.It took away from the experience.Wolkd come back for lunch and sit outside to be able to hold a conversation while enjoying the tasty food.