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Good for “banter and booze” – and more besides – Boyds is staking its claim as a serious contender at the bottom of Trafalgar Square. What was once the imperial Hotel Victoria has been sympathetically restored to its former glory, making the opulent, marble-clad brasserie a rather grand setting for meals beneath sculpted ceilings and glittering chandeliers. Artisan ‘British tapas’ regularly hit the target, but the all-purpose menu aims to please, roaming through burgers, wild mushroom risotto and char-grilled rib-eye, as well offering flashier ideas such as seared scallops with pork belly and apple sauce or slow-cooked ham hock with a duck egg, French beans, radish and watercress. On busy nights, the place feels “achingly trendy” as eager staff oversee the show and a happy crowd convenes in the adjoining bar. Pre-theatre menus do their job “efficiently”, and Boyds now offers extended afternoon tea every day.

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    An impressive granite bar is located in the middle of the main dining space. This is surrounding by an array of very cosy looking lounges and tables set for diners under sculpted ceilings.

    Yet despite the lavish surroundings, the venue doesn't come across as intimidating and this is emphasised by the attentive staff...
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Essential Details for Boyds Brasserie

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £43.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Lunch: £16/19 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £16/19 (2/3 courses)

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