Great Queen Street
From the team behind the highly rated Anchor & Hope Great Queen Street takes the same approach – affordable gutsy cooking that celebrates British produce, laid back but friendly service and an intelligent, well-priced wine list – to the West End. Fay Maschler of The Evening Standard finds it in possession of “a singular energy and total lack of pretension” that’s uniquely London. Located opposite Holborn’s imposing Masonic temple, the look is familiar; walls painted bordello red, floorboards exposed and bare battered tables. A long thin room, with a small downstairs drinking den, it feels – despite a similarly attractively scruffy staff and surroundings – more restaurant-like and less pub than the Anchor & Hope. Taking bookings has brought it to the attention of many who didn’t fancy turning up and taking a punt for a table at its no-reservations predecessor.