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55 Baker Street
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Baker Street Tube Station 510m
Marble Arch Tube Station 539m
55 Baker Street
Mon-Sat 8am-10pm (Sat 9am- ) Sun 10am-7pm
Dorset Street 174m
The Wallace Collection 251m
084 5686 1122
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Food & Drink: 3.0
Food was okay but service was poor. If you are in a rush I wouldn't advise unless you are happy to keep finding waiting staff to take orders / bring bill.
We were the nightmare party in some ways. Four blokes, known each other for thirty years, but hadn't seen each other for a while. So lots of chat and the waitress had to come back a few times for drinks and then a food order. But to her credit she never looked irritated and didn't stop smiling.The food was timely and pleasantly served. The bill came instantly. So pretty good for service.
The food side wasn't quite so good, which isn't to say that anything we ate here was bad. Its a place that sets out to serve breakfast lunch and dinner in an environment that might remind you of a big modern department store cafe. The food's OK for casual eating. It doesn't try to be gourmet and it isn't. My pate and small steak frites were fine for what I paid for them,though its never going to excite me. I imagine I'll be back, probably with the same group of guys. Decent coffee, even if it was served in a glass. Glass of Verdejo wasn't brimming with character. A good place to eat when the company, rather than the restaurant or food, is going to be the hero.
Food & Drink: 4.0
Good, no frills, best of British place to go for breakfast, or a quick snack, but not really a place that is going to challenge the many epicurean delights in Marylebone as top dog. The food (and beer and cider) majors on good, fresh British food, and they even have the wonderful British sparker, Nyetimber, at a mere £39 a bottle. Forget the house champagne (at twice the price), this is a steal.
Breakfasts are very good; just the right amount of bacon in good fresh bread for the bacon sarnie (although it's a shame that they don't run to crusty rolls), marmite toasts, kippers etc. These are available throughout the day, and come with fresh fruit juices and good coffee.
For more substantial offerings, there is always a daily roast and a pie of the day, but the star is the properly roasted chicken, either leg or breast, served with chips and a lovely garlicy mayonnaise. A good roast chicken and chips is hard to beat: too many soggy “chicken in a basket” affairs at dodgy pubs offering “good food and fine wine” (for which read pre-prepared garbage and Australian shiraz) have done the humble roast chicken a huge diservice. Canteen's offering is remenisent of what I remember (probably way too fondly for what they actually were) of poulet et frites, found at some tiny relais routiers after five hours in the back of dad's cortina on the way down to the south of France; a welcome break from arguing with my two siblings.
Service is fine, if a little slow, and the atmosphere is never really buzzing, but the food is good, the drinks too, and none of it is expensive.
Very simple and a very nicely presented philosophy behind what their intentions are. All the food was very fresh, beautifully cooked and presented and a perfect example of simple food done well. Our only minus that was lacking was a bit of atmosphere, but to be fair we did go on a Sunday evening…I would expect it to buzz midweek.
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