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This cavernous basement beneath the cobbles of Covent Garden has been serving up moules-frites & Belgian beer for years – in fact it’s worth a visit for the boozing opportunities alone. Take
your pick from 11 Trappist brews (including the stonkingly strong Rochefort 10) & 14 fruity offerings alongside blondes, whites, ambers & darks. The mussels come in eight versions, from
traditionelle (steamed with white wine, celery, garlic & onion) to florentine (topped with creamed spinach sauce, smoked bacon & Gruyère cheese), with non-mollusc alternatives including
haddock in Brugs Wit beer batter, rotisserie chicken or slow-cooked lamb shank. Deals such as the express lunch (£7.95) & early-evening ‘Beat the Clock’ menu (order at 5.54pm, pay £5.54)
guarantee crowds in this boisterous, industrial-sized canteen, though staff with walkie-talkies keep on top of things.
At the risk of stating the obvious, eating out with a large group is a very different affair from dining by yourself or with a small group of friends. Finding a restaurant with enough covers (in this case for 30 people), that isn’t too expensive, doesn’t have onerous booking requirements and yet has a menu that’s both of reasonable quality while remaining ‘safe’ enough for the gastronomically challenged in the group can be a mind-numbing endeavour.Kitchener and his work chums ended up at The Crown and Two Chairmen and had food that they charitably described as ‘vomit’. Templeton Peck, Higgs Boson, Socialist...
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Moules frites (mussels and fries) is one of Belgium’s most well known dishes. For those who don’t want to take the trip across the North Sea , you can get your moules frites fix at Belgo, which has several branches across London. We visited the one based in Covent Garden. Naturally, we had the mussels; a kilo pot of thai style mussels and a mussel platter with more traditional garlic and herb flavours and of course some fries to soak up the sea-infused liquor. For those who aren’t a fan of the Belgium staple, Belgo also offer alternatives; rotisserie, steaks, burgers, fish, stews etc, useful if you’re craving mussels...
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