Great Court Restaurant

British Museum, Great Russell Street , London, WC1B 3DG

  • Great Court Restaurant
  • Great Court Restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Great Court Restaurant

Occupying an enviable position amidst the overstated grandeur of the British Museum’s Great Court, this Benugo-run restaurant sits happily beneath the building’s impressive domed glass roof. Thanks to some clever planning, the space has an almost-serene vibe very different to the attraction’s inevitable bustle, helped by accomplished service that is speedy but not rushed. The menu also deviates from the please-all, cash-cow options you might expect: prawn ceviche is given a vibrant kick with generous amounts of fresh lime and spikes of hot red chilli, while chicken ‘saltimbocca’ shows off pleasingly succulent meat crowned by a shard of crisp jamón. Staff scoop plump marinated olives from jars and carve legs of ham from the central bar, and a range of sherries tagged onto the wine list also reinforces the venue’s underplayed Hispanic theme. A boon in this tourist-trap part of town.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Holborn Tube Station 443m

Russell Square Tube Station 522m

Address

Address: British Museum, Great Russell Street , London WC1B 3DG

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11.30am-5.30pm (Fri -8pm)

Nearby Landmarks

British Museum Great Court Millennium Site 71m

The British Museum 163m

Details

Telephone: 020 7323 8990

Website:

Cuisine: International

Lunch: £22.50/27.50 (2/3 courses)

4.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 2.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 1.0

Grace C. 26 March 2014

I booked this restaurant as we were attending a British museum members evening. We arrived and were shown to quite a nice table but it was downhill from there. There was only a ‘Viking set dinner’ available at £22.50 for 2 courses and £27 for 3. The choices were uninspiring and we wanted to order from the a la carte menu but were told this was not available, not even the side dishes. My husband only wanted one course but was charged for 2 and was only very begrudgingly refunded the money. My starter was mean and finished in under a minute. Service was at best patronising. I will not return to this restaurant and it is a shame as it would have been good to have somewhere good to eat at the BM.