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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