28 July 2014

The Quality Chop House

92-94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA

£7.00 British , Wine Bars Clerkenwell, Barbican
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm Sun 12N-10pm

Square Meal Review of The Quality Chop House ?

After a minor blip when the site morphed into a meatball-themed eatery, The Quality Chop House is rallying once again and ‘settling into a style’ under new ownership. Of course, things have changed since the late 1800s, when diners could feast on food and ale for pennies, but this ‘characterful place’ still knows how to keep customers happy today. Delve into the wine list for keenly priced quaffs of every stripe to go with plates of lamb ribs and mint, Longhorn mince on dripping toast, or stone bass with Acquerello rice in the ground-floor bar/wine shop; otherwise, head for one of the famously uncomfortable, ‘sin-repenting’ church pews in the dining room for a proper spread (four fixed-price courses in the evening). The ‘sensitive cooking’ veers between ‘simple and fancy’, but it’s usually flavoursome and always ‘decently priced’.

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  1. The Quality Chop House

    92-94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
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    Quality by Name, Quality by Nature

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  1. When a restaurant plays mum for the evening (albeit one that lets me drink a lot more wine), I am both grateful and drawn to it. ‘Finish it!’, you say? ‘Enjoy it!’, you demand? Well, MAYBE I WILL. Both of which happened at The Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road, where the chefs write three menus each day based on the produce delivered that morning. In the evening you’ll find a set menu in the Dining Room for £35 with four starters, a main and a dessert, all for the table to share. There is no picking, no choosing - you receive it all and you ultimately enjoy it all. It’s full of old-world charm and that type of shabby chic floral bijoux crockery that in the hands of the wrong host and along with a room full of kitsch chintz can be utterly nauseating. But against the stalwart-Grandad masculinity of dark wood panelling, a handsome check floor and the creaking booths of a Grade-II listed establishment in its 145th year (opened in 1869), it is thoroughly charming...
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  2. Published : Saturday, 16th November 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Quality Chop House

    The Quality Chop House is a restaurant and wine bar round the corner from Exmouth Market. It’s been around for well over a hundred years and after various changes of management and a brief stint as an unsuccessful meatball restaurant it’s now back in its original guise – thank God! There’s two options when dining here; the wine bar which offers a daily changing a la carte menu or the dining room, which in the evening offers a set menu for £35. We were seated in the latter, which is Grade ll listed I’ll have you know. I can totally see why as it’s beautiful; the wooden booth seats topped with long cushions might not be the most comfortable place to perch but they certainly were gorgeous. It was a bit like being at church – and we all know how comfortable that is!...
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  3. The Quality Chop House is yet another great lunch restaurant around the Exmouth market in Farringdon. Set in an area already blessed with some great restaurants (think Morito and Moro) the Quality Chop House offers some fresh Modern British dishes and a great atmosphere. Perfect for a weekend lunch. When we visited the Quality Chop House we tried the following dishes...
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  4. It’s lovely when you discover a jewel, sat right under your nose. I’d somehow missed the fanfare of the Quality Chop House relaunch late last year. It’s actually on my way to the office, so although I’d noticed the facade, I had assumed it was a traditional British diner, on a par with a fish fryer or an eel jellier. One spring afternoon I saw a tweet about their one remaining slice of tart. The ensuing squabble amongst EC1 food bloggers told me there was something special about this place. I decided I had to investigate...
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  5. Published : Friday, 31st May 2013

    the dinersaur :: quality chop house

    The Quality Chop House has been getting a lot of attention ever since it's recent reopening, a reincarnation of what has existed on the same location under the same name for 140 years. The decor channels the Victorian roots of the address...
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  6. Farringdon certainly isn’t the most glamorous of London roads, tending to be more of a dual carriageway than a dining location. It’s here that the Quality Chop House has taken-up residency in an historic working man’s restaurant. Though it manages to fit in well with the neighbours around the corner at Exmouth Market. No longer is this listed Victorian dinner a stop for hungry labourers, but rather a trendy, sympathetically refurbished space, with a dining room filled with upright booths. Although the tables are laid for six, four is most probably a more comfortable setting, given the snug fit...
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  7. Published : Wednesday, 13th March 2013

    Melissa Foodie :: Quality Chop House Review

    Giles Coren tweeted about The Quality Chop House a few weeks ago, and on a whim, I decided to book - I'd been intrigued about it since it had opened it and I hadn't heard a bad thing about it. Then a few weeks later, he wrote an excellent review.I liked The Quality Chop House,. but I didn't love all of the food. But the experience I had made up for any tiny hiccups, because I did generally have a great time and the food was mostly good. The great thing about it is that it's not trying to be trendy in its chintzy surroundings or trying to do something that is totally wacky or different with weird flavour combinations. It's like going to dinner at your friend's mother's house and being served up 'hearty' food upon mismatched crockery she's spent a couple of years collecting from antique shops (a trend, which by the way, is reaching saturation point). But it's difficult to criticise the wobbly pews and mismatched crockery because that's the kind of thing they're going for. That aside, I admire the traditional approach they're taking. And they're doing it very well (though with Nicholas Lander as the father of one of the owners, it's difficult imagine them going wrong. Aside from not calling it L'Escargot #2).Smoked ox heartIn the 15 minutes I waited for my friend, I was given house still and sparkling water (sparkling rather tritely named 'bubbles'), and trying not to over-balance on the slightly wobbly pew I was sitting on. They did make me feel very welcome, though and placated my hasty apologies for the delay, assuring me they didn't need the table back (which, on booking, I was told they would.Fried crab ballsThe house white was £20, and nice and easy to drink. There are a lot of wines under £30 if you want something a bit more pricey, though. The service is so friendly and helpful I think it deserves a special mention. The pews (seating four people) make it difficult to serve, so I'm incredibly glad that the couple supposed to be sitting next to us didn't turn up in the end.CodThey serve one tasting menu of four courses (I use the word 'tasting' loosely, because it's a little more hearty than tastes), which change daily, for £35. That's the only menu they serve there.Blood orange with meringue (WHAT  a plate)On the day I went, the first course (served as sharing plates, presumably to prevent having an extra course) were deep fried crab balls, little bites of meaty goodness which were accompanied with lemon and mayonnaise, and smoked ox hearts - chewy in a very pleasant way, in that I wanted to savour them for as long as possible. They proved to be a little too chewy for my friend, who had to spit her last piece into her napkin. Next up was a little piece of cod, which was a nice little neutraliser between courses, but not particularly memorable. The main event was two pieces longhorn beef with parsnips and potatoes, which was reminiscent of something my mum would make, which I liked - good, solid food. No quirks here. What I didn't like was how chewy and fatty it was - it was just too much hard work and too many bits to avoid. The flavours were great, but I just didn't love it. The meringue with blood orange was too much overly-chewy meringue and not enough delicious blood orange (which is of course everywhere at the moment).All in all, I had a nice time, but it was just that: nice. Perhaps for £100 for 2 I would have liked to be wowed a tad more, but it is a charming place and it's not trying to be 'different' or extreme, it's just serving good, solid food. And I would go back.The Quality Chop Housewww.thequalitychophouse.com 94 Farringdon Road, London, EC1 3EA 
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  8. This might be offensive and untrue. But, as a foreigner living in the haunt of tourists (AKA Central London) and often asked for restaurant recommendations, I have found properly good and properly English food a myth. First there are pubs serving consistently inedible food to a consistent number of tourists. Then there are chip shops where fish swim in oil. You also have so-so food with a grand British space or with a great British view. And, you have an ok place and ok food but a not-as-OK price >__<”" The very nice restaurants are either closing down (sadly) or come often with a slow service. That’s where the newly revamped Quality Chop House comes in. A historical 19th-century “eating house” setup. A simple offering of traditional British fare. A young FOH team with sparkles of enthusiasm. Some cool booths (ideal for those with small behinds). And an awesome wine bar...
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  9. It was one of the few times that I was honest with a waitress. When asked how I learnt about The Quality Chop House, I admitted that it was after reading Giles Coren's tweet - "Do not wait for my review of The Quality Chop House, just go. Now!" Not those exact words but that's the gist...
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Essential Details for The Quality Chop House

  • Address: 92-94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
  • Telephone: 020 7278 1452
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm Sun 12N-10pm
  • Capacities: Private room for 12 people

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