25 July 2014

Belgo Centraal

50 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LJ

£36.00 Belgian Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £14.75
  • Champagne: £40.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -10.30pm)

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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.

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  1. Belgo Centraal

    50 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LJ
    Overall rating:
    Continental Diner
      Platinum Reviewer  (110)

    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 9

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  2. Belgo Centraal

    50 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LJ
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    Robert B.
      Gold Reviewer  (66)
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  1. 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 Worker and I ended having a more satisfactory time at Belgo Centraal with our work chums. This Covent Garden branch of the Belgian mussels and frites chain requires a very reasonable £5 deposit per person. Once booked the restaurant has to be informed of any no-shows seven days in advance or the deposit for that person will be forfeit...
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