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|Address:||Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX|
|Tel:||0845 686 1122|
|Price: £36.00||Wine: £16.75||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 8am-11pm (Sat 9am- ) Sun 9am-10pm|
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We visited this restaurant again at management's invitation after complaining about an underwhelming meal there last year. We were pleased (but not surprised) to find the food quality and service had improved substantially, which probably explains the invitation. It was easily up to the standard when the restaurant first opened and we would happily visit again
Our booking was for a pre-show dinner on a Saturday night but there was no rush; they're clearly used to the pre-show crowd. The menu had simple well-made English dishes with favourites such as sausages and mash, homemade chicken and mushroom pie, syrup sponge etc. Felt like part-1950s school dinners and part upmarket pub food, great if you have an appetite.
Highlights were: the pie, delicious gravy and seasonal greens, desserts included an amazing bread pudding, mint tea made with fresh mint. Lowlights: Meantime IPA (they have real ale on tap) was a bit bubbly for my liking although very tasty, coffee is weirdly served in a glass, which means it cools quickly.
Overall: recommended. Staff were switched on and keen to show how much things had improved. We enjoyed this visit and noticed the people around us did too, esp the birthday group at the next table.
If you're reserving a table, the best ones are those in the middle of the restaurant; they're more comfortable and cleverly have their own coat rail so you have plenty of space.