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23 July 2014
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Great Court Restaurant

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

£44.00 International Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £65.00
  • Lunch: £22.50/27.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-5.30pm (Fri -8pm)

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Occupying an enviable position amidst the overstated grandeur of the British Museum’s Great Court, this Benugo-run restaurant sits happily beneath the building’s impressive domed glass roof. Thanks to some clever planning, the space has an almost-serene vibe very different to the attraction’s inevitable bustle, helped by accomplished service that is speedy but not rushed. The menu also deviates from the please-all, cash-cow options you might expect: prawn ceviche is given a vibrant kick with generous amounts of fresh lime and spikes of hot red chilli, while chicken ‘saltimbocca’ shows off pleasingly succulent meat crowned by a shard of crisp jamón. Staff scoop plump marinated olives from jars and carve legs of ham from the central bar, and a range of sherries tagged onto the wine list also reinforces the venue’s underplayed Hispanic theme. A boon in this tourist-trap part of town.

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  1. Great Court Restaurant

    British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
    Overall rating:
     
    Grace C.

    Really bad experience

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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 2

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  1. At the end of 2013 the restaurant underwent a significant refurbishment which took three months. I hadn't visited the old restaurant, but apparently the redesign was to make the restaurant more welcoming to visitors. It now boasts an open kitchen and a charcuterie counter in the centre of the restaurant and is run by Benugo. Although there is an a la carte menu, our package included a Colombian inspired lunch from a set menu. There were three choices for each course. As a starter I opted for the beef carpaccio, shaved fennel, caper and parsley salad...
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