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‘I’ve been coming here for over 35 years, so it must be good’, remarked a long-time devotee of this enduring little Francophile restaurant and wine bar next to St Mary-le-Bow – sit at one of the buzzy alfresco tables and you could almost be in Lyon or Bordeaux. Alternatively, head indoors and make a beeline for the plush dining room or the unfussy panelled bar. Either way, the food keeps it straight and true, sending out gravadlax with dill dressing before char-grilled Scottish rib-eye steak with fat triple-cooked chips and Béarnaise sauce, liver and bacon, or roast cod fillet with romano beans and salsa verde. Many dishes are available in two sizes, and there’s a simpler menu of sandwiches, sharing platters, ‘great’ sausages and suchlike at the bar. ‘Superb’ staff know how to charm, and the French-led wine list is refreshingly broad.

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Bow Wine Vaults

10 Bow Church Yard ,London EC4M 9DQ

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A City Institution

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Dec 2016

Bow Wine Vaults is an institution in The City. Situated on Bow Lane, a quaint walk way connecting Cheapside and Queen Victoria Street; BWV serves up hearty food for busy City folk who enjoy a bottle over lunch. Food includes traditional dishes; prawn cocktails and terrine to start, followed by the Veal Milanese with tomato spaghetti or calves liver with bacon. As a regular diner here; I can honestly say, I've never had a bad meal here. There are two levels to the restaurant, downstairs...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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10 Bow Church Yard ,London EC4M 9DQ

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Nice venue. Shame its ruined by the food!

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May 2013

I went for lunch there for second time in a month and that just confirmed in my mind what a poor restaurant this is. The venue itself is great but the service is distinctly average and the food poor. When arriving the waitress omitted to tell us what the chefs special was and that the duck had sold out which of course I only discovered when I tried to order the duck! quite how a restaurant can run out of duck at 12:30 when there were only 3 other tables occupied is beyond me. I ordered the veal...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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10 Bow Church Yard ,London EC4M 9DQ

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Nov 2012

I have been coming here for over 35 years so it must be good! The service and cuisine is great whether one just calls in for a Platter at the Bar or sample the great Susages with an excellent selection of wines, Pinot Grigio always good or if you have time a meal downstairs where the service is always supurb. Liver & Bacon is a must and the Salmon Fish Cakes are another favourite The restaurant upstairs is equally as good and the staff fantastic, try the Dish of the day or if you get stuck the Asparagus...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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10 Bow Church Yard ,London EC4M 9DQ

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Nov 2008

This is an excellent restaurant/bar and totally independent in its style. You can't class it with anything else as its out there on its own. I can see with my own eyes that there is so much repeat business, which speaks for itself. The service, particularly downstairs, is top quality. You have a choice of styles within the establishment. If you want a quiet intimate three course meal where you can easily hear each other you go downstairs. If you want a casual quick meal or drink you go upstairs....

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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